TALK ABOUT THIS // WEEK 2
Model what it means to be for everybody, including your teen’s friends. Ask if they have friends who are struggling. (Don’t pry for details.) Pray for them with your teen, and then ask if they might want to come over to hang out sometime. Hanging out in your home could be just what a struggling teen needs to experience to feel loved and encouraged.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
DO THIS // MEAL TIME
Summer is a great time for dinner and a late night filled with way too much TV. Find a show you can binge watch together and order pizza from your teen’s favorite place. Let them pick all the toppings. Eat together and bond over whatever strang(er) things your teen likes to watch these days.
HONESTY: A BIG THING THAT'S BUILT IN SMALL WAYS
By Jon Acuff
Restaurants are one of the greatest places to teach your kids honesty. Amusement parks are good, too. A movie theater will work in a pinch as well. How? What do those three things have in common? Age restrictions.
Restaurant menus, amusement parks, and movie theaters are all places that will give you a discount if your child is a certain age. The kid’s menu is always cheaper than the adult menu. A toddler price is usually cheaper than an adult ticket to a theme park, and movies are less expensive for kids, too.
What’s interesting about those restrictions is how easy it is as a parent to be tempted to break them. Kids grow up quickly. One minute, your five-year-old is getting the cheap price at a restaurant and the next he’s six, and you should be paying the full rate. You’d never do this, because you’re a morally upstanding member of your community much like me, but you’d be surprised at how many parents blur the lines on this moment . . .
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