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Parenting teens is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs in the home, but it takes a good connection between parent and teen. Try these tips...

Key Points:

  • Make time to connect with your teen. Spending intentional time with your teen will speak volumes to them. Set aside intentional time with your teen if you want opportunities to connect.
  • Find a shared activity. Find a hobby or activity they enjoy and spend time doing that activity together. You’ll be surprised how open your teen will be to discussing other things in those moments.
  • Find a shared purpose. The teenage years can be selfish years. Help your teen to look outside themselves to help others. Find a place to serve in your church or community. This is a great way to connect with your teen in a different context.
  • Do a family devotional. Use the pursueGOD library to find interesting topics to discuss as a family. This is another way to make connection with your teen that creates opportunities for great conversations.

Quote This:

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. How well do you do at connecting with your teen?
  3. On a scale from 1-10, how intentional are you with your teen? Where can you improve?
  4. Make a list of the benefits that can come from finding a shared purpose with your teen.
  5. Read Deuteronomy 6:6-9. Why are family devotionals a good opportunity for connection for the whole family? 
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.