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Reacting vs Responding - Part 2
April 18, 2018

Hi, there! 

Thanks for checking this out. I hope you are enjoying the bite-sized parenting encouragement.

This month we are talking about how to RESPOND to your teenager instead of REACTING to your teenager.

Did you do your homework from last time? Have you looked up Proverbs 15:1?

This great truth is the first thought that you can bring to your minds and hearts when your teenager opens the door of frustration in your relationship.

But for this lesson I am going to suggest to you three quick thoughts that you can go through like a checklist in your head to keep you from losing your temper:

1) Pray this short prayer first: “God, give me grace in this moment”. It is impossible to maintain control of your emotions apart from the grace of God, so be willing to ask for it.

2) Ask yourself, “What can I teach them right now?” This thought will keep you focused on the greater parenting task which is teaching them the beliefs and life skills they need to become an adult and, ideally, a mature Christian.

3) Consider the context. What physical changes could be causing this behavior? What relational pressures or circumstances might be fueling your teenager’s emotional response?

Here is a 6 and a half minute video from a recent Parent Seminar that talks more about understanding the Physical Changes that are going on inside of your teenager. Understanding these changes can give you the context you need to RESPOND instead of REACT to their wild mood swings. Follow this link to watch the video: Physical Changes in Your Teenager

Thanks again for being part of this online parenting class.

Our goal with all this is to encourage you, and open the lines of communication between our church and your home. With that in mind, feel free to email me any questions or prayer requests you may have

With blessings,

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