Some of those stories have happy endings. Some less so.
Some stories involve people you never would have imagined coming into your life. But when someone adopts a child into their home and their heart, I think it’s a very cool thing to do. I also think it paints a real-world picture of how we have been grafted into God’s family for everyone to see.
Do you know any parent that was excited to find that the relationship with their teen was becoming conflictive, contradictory, oppositional, or irreconcilable? Nope. No parent that I’ve ever met, but it happens all the time. Many parents who want a great connection with their child find that their relationship is becomes strained during the teen years. They begin to wonder what happened to the dreams and hopes and longings for the good things desired for their young daughter or son. As they handed coffee mugs and t-shirts that scream world’s greatest dad and world’s greatest mom who would have ever believed something that has been so good for so long could become so distant and detached. Especially after all those years of coaching soccer and baseball and ice hockey.
Relationships thrive when everyone agrees that nobody is perfect. Yet few people like to admit that they have flaws—especially in front of their kids!
This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston talks about how to be authentic in the relationship with your teen.
Tough Guys and Drama Queens
For almost 40 years, we’ve been passionate about guiding kids and parents through the turbulent teenage years. Tough Guys and Drama Queens has been a huge part of that mission, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it now, to you, as a free online course!
This two-week course will give you a look into why traditional parenting techniques aren’t as effective as they used to be, the pressures they face in today’s culture, and how to build a stronger relationship with your teen throughout the tricky experiences they’ll have during these years.