Parents of Teen Girls
Does your cell phone text-messaging bill exceed the cost of your minutes? Do you find yourself running a shuttle service to the mall? Is the family bathroom continually occupied during nonschool hours? Do teen boys call your home, but not to talk to your teenage son? Do doors slam throughout your house for no apparent reason? Then you must be the parent of a teen girl.
As a parent of a teen girl or girls, you could use a break once in awhile. And who says that there can’t be a breakroom for parents who need one? Well consider this your own personal breakroom where you can hang out when you need some insight into the wonderful world of raising teen girls or if you just plain need a little empathy.
Issues Teens Face
In a recent study by the Barna Research Group, parents were asked to identify the most significant issues facing their teenagers. Here is what they identified in the September 10, 2007 Barna Update: Survey Reveals Challenges Faced by Young People:
- Peer Pressure 42%
- Performance in School 16%
- Substance Abuse 16%
- Behavioral Issues 15%
- Values Development, College Choices & Acceptance, Attitude, Media Use 5%
- Challenges related to faith 3%
The rants and raves of an author mom, smack-dab in the trenches of teen culture will keep you updated on what you need to know as a parent of a teen girl.
I Care...About Protecting Children
The Assemblies of God national Women’s Ministries Department is joining other evangelical ministries in introducing a new campaign, “I Care ... about protecting children,” to call women to prayer and action. The number of incidents of sexual abuse of children and young people is rapidly increasing. We must protect our children from sexual exploitation, whether by exposure to pornography or media messages, by being molested, being stalked by predators, or being sold into sex slavery.
The Games They Play
My husband and I often discuss the dangers of smoking, drinking, doing drugs, and having premarital sex with both of our teenage children. We make it a point to meet their friends and get acquainted with their families. We are vigilant when it comes to what movies they watch both in the theatre and on TV. It seems we were unaware of the latest craze among teens.