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Biblical principals of raising a troubled teenager

A troubled teenager may be the result of one of many situations:

  • Suffering abuse
  • Having an addiction to drugs, alcohol, etc
  • Prolongued illness

It is also possible the troubled teenager is responding to the brokenness of their parents or guardians

  • Dealing with the anger in their parents
  • Living with parents who have an addiction or illness

Their living conditions may be unhealthy

  • Lack of food
  • No heat
  • No running water
  • Being abused (physically, emotionally or sexually)

Appropriate discipline for a teenager is different than that of a child. Some possible disciplines are

  • Discussion with the intent to educate why a certain behavior is wrong
  • Allowing your teenager to experience the natural consequences of inappropriate behavior (What was set in motion by their decisions and actions)

Molding a teenager for their adult life may help curtail inappropriate behavior by providing practical living skills to match their maturing mind

  • Encouraging open and honest communication
  • Demonstrating by example how you respond to disappointment
  • Explaining the importance of thinking before acting
  • Providing opportunities for your teenager to explore their interests
  • Teaching budgetting skills

Most importantly show acceptance and love. People starve for friendships, hugs and acceptance. Happiness is found in the Lord, through relationships and serving in ones gifts.

Prepared By: Ron Piggott

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