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Teen Culture … Veil of Secrecy!

April 24, 2016   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

Malbec Grapes

Teen Culture … Veil of Secrecy!

Teenagers growing up in the 21st Century have a bottomless “Pit” from which to draw a variety of self-destructive activities.  If you can imagine some of these activities … they are already in the “Pit” and waiting for our sons and daughters to grab hold of it.

Our teens have greater access to the “Pit” because Teen Culture promotes the Lie that experimenting with Drugs, Alcohol and Prescription Medicine is normalThe New “Normal!”  Teen Culture reinforces the following messages to our teens via music, movies, billboards, television and social media …

“Get Real!  That’s what teenagers do!”  

“You’re going to experience life at some point anyway!”

“It’s all part of growing up!”  

“No Big Deal!”

The challenges our teenagers deal with and the daily choices they have to make were foreign to us when we were their age and unimaginable to our parents when they were teenagers.  The Age of Innocence disappeared several generations ago … and there’s barely any evidence of it left.  I remember the Brady Bunch and the Huxtable Kids with amusement … but those nostalgic days are no more.  Poof!  Gone!  But you already know this.

The New “Normal!”

What I refer to as The New “Normal!” is often terrifying to parents.  Now imagine how terrifying it must be for our sons and daughters, especially those who choose NOT to identify with The New “Normal!”  I refer now to some of our teenagers who make positive choices and have Goals and Dreams they want to pursue.  These are fun-loving teenagers who are NOT interested in Getting High, Sexting or indulging in reckless irresponsible behaviors that jeopardize their health, safety and wellbeing.

The teens I refer to now are NOT winged-Angels.  They occasionally screw up and miss the Mark!  But their parents are proud of who they are becoming.  And each and every day, these teens try hard to behave in ways that make themselves proud of who they are becomingas they lean toward more Independence. read more …

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The Power of a Parent’s Tongue!

April 15, 2016   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

The Power of a Parent’s Tongue!

Today … I was inspired!  The inspiration came from Kyle “The Dream” Vidrine, whose Facebook page is brimming with Inspiration and Insight Here’s what I read on Kyle’s page:

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue!

We realize that we can hurt others by what we say. 

But do you realize that you can do the same to yourself?  

What you say to others is a direct reflection of what you say to yourself.”

The first line of Kyle’s quote is taken from Scripture.  The full statement has several powerful universal truths that raised a question in my mind.  Does Kyle’s statement hold true in Parent-Teen relationships?  Without the slightest doubt … I believe it does! 

I believe what we say to our children (especially our teen-children) can empower them to pursue their Dreams and aspirations with courage and confidence. But I also know that parents can clip the “wings” of their teenager’s Dreams and aspirations … and rob them of the self-confidence they need to achieve in other areas of life. This is devastating to teenagers.  In this post, I’m going to share some thoughts about the Power of a Parent’s Tongue(To reach Kyle’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.) read more …

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