So I was at the Christain book store the other day browsing through the parenting section. I have a teenager who will be graduating from the 8th grade at private Christain school in June and then off to high school next fall. Now, I know this isn't as big a deal as when she goes off to college, but trying to find a high school was a challenge. When I was a teen, you went to the school that was in your neighborhood. Now there are choices. Private Christain schools, private secular schools, private secualr schools with a certain emphasis, transfers to different districts. Well, after a fall and winter of looking at high schools, visiting the schools, my daughter shadowing at the various schools, we've decided to continue with her Christian education, at least for the next year or so. But still, she's a TEENAGER! Ugh!
So I pick up this small, fairly thin book called For Parents Only.
The authors, Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. Rice, did extensive surveys of pre-teen and teens in their research for this book. The findings are proving interesting. I've only had time to read the first couple of chapters.
One of the big things that has stuck out for me so far is that teenagers crave freedom and will do anything to gain it.
Whoa! Big light blub going off. I'm just starting the section in this chapter called: What's a Parent to do. I can't wait to find out.