Kids Under the Magnifying Glass

Pressures can be placed on the children of Christian leaders like pastors, missionaries and teachers such that they feel they are living “under a magnifying glass.”  These kids often don’t get the same room to make mistakes that other kids do.  It’s hard for them to feel that they can be authentic, for they always are on display.

I know that when my kids went to high school they faced a higher level of scrutiny from both teachers and peers.  Some people expected them to be perfect because of what their dad does for a living.  They weren’t perfect (but then neither am I!)  It put extra pressure on them, and that’s pretty common for any kid whose parents have a leadership position.  We worked hard to make sure they got the chance to go through the normal process and struggles of growing up, but some of the scrutiny simply cannot be avoided. Continue reading “Kids Under the Magnifying Glass”

Signs of Drug Use in Teens and Tweens

If you’ve seen an unexplainable or drastic change in your teenager’s honesty, grades, behavior, attentiveness, or friends, it may not be hormones. It could be that they are experimenting with intoxicating substances that are as close as your kitchen drawer, medicine cabinet or garage.

It used to be that older teens were most susceptible to drug experimentation, but kids today are experimenting earlier and earlier.  In fact, 10- to 14- year-olds are now the most likely to begin experimenting with one intoxicating substance or another. Continue reading “Signs of Drug Use in Teens and Tweens”

Guiding Teens on Life’s Highway

CrossroadParents of teenagers can grow anxious about the path their teen is choosing in life. They might worry about their teen’s future, or even fret over whether or not they’ll have a good relationship with their teen after they leave home.

If you’re feeling anxious today, I’d like to offer some advice. First, let’s put anxiety into perspective with the words of Billy Graham, who wisely said, “Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.” If we could apply that truth to the parents of teenagers, the answer to anxiety is the same — to have faith in God to guide your teenager along the right path. Continue reading “Guiding Teens on Life’s Highway”