A while back I spoke with a young woman whose daughter was in a program appointed by the court. Her daughter would be staying in the program for about a year. This was really hard on the mom but if the program was going to help her daughter, then she would do her best to be strong and support her child while they finished out the year being separated.
Being away from her daughter was going to be very difficult. However, her hopes and desires for her daughter would be for her to succeed from the program with improved behavior and get the therapy that she so desperately needed. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long in which this mother began to quickly understand the undermining of her authority by those in the program. Continue reading
“It’s the breakdown of the family. Faith issues. Societal issues,” he said. “I can tell you that our juvenile courts are full and that one day we will reap a bitter harvest when they grow up.” (quote by Prosecutor Cody Hiland)
This quote comes from Prosecutor Cody Hiland who is involved in the case of a teen who recently killed his grandparents. Yes, teens are are being influenced by their peers in society that lead to destructive paths that will alter their life forever. Mr. Hiland is so correct in that it comes from the breakdown of the family, the crises of a teen and no faith to sustain them.
This is why I write to support parents about teen issues of today. Parents are lost, hopeless, and giving up. They are embarrassed, shamed and many times, have quit on their teen when that teen’s need was so great.
Without God as the head of family, it will continue to be a family of dysfunction, barely surviving each day. Parents need support. Parents need prayer. Parents need others to walk by their side and let them know they are not alone. They need direction and tools to guide them through the teenage years, especially when that teen is in crisis.
So if you’re a parent and struggling –
- Join a support group specific to your teen’s hurts and pain.
- Be a part of the family of God – The church wants to support, encourage, and pray for you.
- Go to counseling. It won’t hurt. Every parent needs help. You can’t fix your teen alone.
- Pray! God hears. God listens. God answers.
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