Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. (Proverbs 22:6)
While rearing teens has never been easy, it seems that each year it becomes harder and harder. And as our society becomes more high-tech and information is nearly instantaneous, many of the difficulties that used to begin in the teenage years are now starting in the pre-teen or middle school years. Kids have access to things that they simply aren’t ready to handle. So they struggle to appear to be in control, they make bad decisions and act out.
I was a teacher and a coach for nearly 40 years and a youth pastor for 20 years and I thought I had faced most of the issues of drugs, smoking, drinking, sex, pornography, divorce, abuse, eating disorders, run-aways, suicide and general rebellion. My wife and I counseled individual teens and teen groups, biological children and…
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