Motherhood: Pre-teen/Teenage Years

Hey Moms! Here's another week of learning how we can grow closer to Christ through motherhood. Here’s some of the advice you left.

“Times are different, kids are exposed to a lot by their peers…if they feel judged or in trouble while sharing, they won’t talk. Try to stay calm and talk about what are better choices when peers talk around them.”
“Focus on the positive”

Some parents list this time as the most difficult. Their kid is no longer the kid that wants their parents to be around all the time. Instead they switch from looking to their parents for approval and validation to looking for the same things from heir peers. They are increasingly trying to assert their independence. This can cause a lot of strain on moms as they try to navigate through these years. Just like every other stage, you’ll definitely need to rely on Christ.

  1. Gentleness- be gentle with them during this time. They’re also having a tough time figuring out their thoughts and emotions. Well what if they’ve done something bad? Should I still be gentle then? “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”- Galatians 6:1. Again, gentleness doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge that what you did was wrong, being gentle does not mean that there are no consequences. Being gentle means that I still value relationship over my anger. I do not crush my child with my words or actions. Even when they are wrong.

  2. Self Control- Teens will try your patience. Here’s some scriptures to remember when you feel like losing it.

  3. “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”- Proverbs 25:28

  4. “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”- Proverbs 16:32

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