So, you may or may not have teenagers in your home at the moment.
But you probably know those who do. So please read on!
being or raising teenagers is an adventure.
Teenagers Impact Your Marriage
It’s been a while but I clearly remember that raising two teenage girls was a challenging time for our marriage.
And to be very honest, I have some regrets about how I handled my two girls as they went through those difficult years. And add to that the memories of being a teenager and all of the mistakes I and my parents made…
While those years, raising our two girls had a lot of good things in them, the parenting side of teenagers was an area I could have/should have done better.
Today, my daughters are in that phase of life where they are raising teenagers. And despite the temptation to say “Now you know what it was like!“, I feel more compassion for them and their teenagers than anything else.
Which brings up the main purpose of this post.
I have a helpful resource that I want to recommend to you or someone you know.
A Helpful Podcast on Parenting Teenagers
My oldest, Jessica, currently co-hosts a podcast about PARENTING TEENAGERS.
It is based on conversations with Dr. Ken Wilgus, who has written a book for parents of teenagers.
Ken is no stranger. We’ve been friends for almost 20 years. He is not only an insightful person, a godly man and a great doctor, but I can attest that he has demonstrated with his own children that he knows what he is talking about.
This podcast has great reviews and recently Dr. Wilgus, Jess and her co-host Ashley were interviewed by “Focus on the Family“.
So I want you to know this is not just a proud parent recommending something from their kids…
The FOTF episode hasn’t been released, so don’t go looking for it yet.
BUT if you know ANYONE with teenagers, I’d encourage you to check out the 50+ episodes of the podcast for some great ideas and wisdom. I’ve already recommended it to others and gotten good feedback from them too.
The podcast is called “Feeding the Mouth that Bites You“.
(As you can tell, Ken also has a great sense of humor. Click on the link to see the unforgettable picture for the cover of his book!)
Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or exasperate your children [with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by favoritism or indifference; treat them tenderly with lovingkindness], so they will not lose heart and become discouraged or unmotivated[with their spirits broken].
As Usual, Here are some Questions for You to Discuss!
What do you remember from your teenage years and your relationship with your parents? How has that shaped your relationship with your children?
What would/will we do differently in parenting our teenagers?
How has parenting teenagers changed in the last few decades?