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The Top Ten Mistakes Christian Parents of Teens Make

Following along with last week's post about five things your student needs to hear, this week's post comes courtesy of Jeff Strong, a youth pastor in Ontario, Canada. He recently posted a list of areas where Christian parents often allow their student's schedule or their own priorities to take too high a precedence in a family dynamic, at the cost of other important things. We at HDC Students agree with Jeff's findings and want to offer this list as an encouragement to you to think about how you are prioritizing time as a family.

Without further adieu, here are the Top Ten Mistakes Christian Parents of Teens Make:

  1. Not spending time with your teen.
  2. Letting your teen's activities take a top priority for your family.
  3. Spoiling your teen.
  4. Permissive parenting.
  5. Trying to be your teen's best friend.
  6. Holding low expectations for your teen.
  7. Not prioritizing youth group / church involvement.
  8. Outsourcing your teen's spiritual formation.
  9. Not expressing genuine love and like to your teen.
  10. Expecting your teen to have a devotion to God that you are not cultivating within yourself.

Check out the full article, which provides explanations to each of the aforementioned points.