Balancing Boundaries and Freedom with your Teen - Wholesome Life Journal

Balancing Boundaries and Freedom with your Teen

24Do you ever get frustrated when working with your teen? One minute he is so mature, you forget he’s not an adult yet. The next minute he does something so incredibly childish that you suddenly lock up with fear at the idea of releasing him out into the world on his own.

The journey from child to adult can be a confusing and difficult time for teens and their parents, but it doesn’t have to be.

Becoming an Adult

Teenagers are people on the verge of entering adulthood.  This is an important season in their development.

  • It is not a time to abandon them to fend for themselves, thinking our parenting job is almost done.
  • Nor is it wise to turn them over to their peers, assuming they will no longer listen to us.
  • However, it is also not the time to hold firmly to our desire to control and say “you will do what I say because I’m the parent!”

Teens need our guidance in making decisions, learning how to navigate through life on their own, and thinking through all the important issues they face like education, career, and their own future family.

Teens must transition from being told what to do and how to do it to being guided by God without parent as go-between. (Read More)

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