In just a couple weeks I will be guest speaking at a Parent of Teens Sunday School class. I’m thankful for the opportunity to meet with a great group of eager parents. In preparation I am re-reading Barry St. Clair’s Parent Fuel. The Pastor of this class has eluded to a question asked in the book, “How do we connect with a disconnected generation ?” So much we see teens who have isolated themselves from parents, through media or peers. Conversely, we see parents who have isolated themselves from their teens, thinking they’ve lost the ability to relate with them anymore, or that they just selfishly want to live their lives without interference.
Here is where you come in. Regardless of age, you probably have an opinion; pick one (or a few) of the following questions to answer. I will use some/all of these answers in my presentation.*
1. How do parents connect with their teen? What are the keys?
2. How do parents reconnect if they’ve lost connection for a period of time?
3. How do parents rightly discipline and still retain the relationship?
4. What are the major contributing factors to broken relationships between teen and parent?
5. What do you fear the most for the next generation of teens (those 5-10 right now)?
If you don’t mind, please list your status (students, parent of 3 teens, parent of grown children, etc.) and age (yes, you can be very vague if you’d like…i.e. “Fifties”).
Thanks for your help, I look forward to hearing from you.
*I will not use specific names.