COMMUNICATING WITH TEENS AND PRE-TEENS
Do you ever feel like attempting to communicate with your teenager is similar to the game Telephone? You know, the game where one person comes up with a message that is whispered to one person at a time until it gets to the last person. The message will often begin as something like “I love to eat toast for breakfast” and end with a completely distorted message like “My cat loves to nap.” That’s when the entire group burst out in laughter wondering “how did we get to that?!”
Unfortunately, miscommunication in the home usually leads to anger and frustration rather than belly-laughs. Effective communication is crucial for the healthy functioning of a family. This guidebook will briefly walk you through some of the barriers to effective communication with your teen and how to avoid them.
ONLINE BIBLE STUDIES AND RESOURCES
Right now media is like the Christian sibling to Netflix. There is an incredible amount of media available for all ages in the family. There are kids shows for children, youth studies and videos for teens, specific devotionals and studies for adults, and even parenting resources.
Thanks to Harborside’s subscription, you can use this resource to grow in a relationship with God even while you’re at home!
6-WEEK FAMILY DEVOTIONAL
In the church, we talk a lot about how we can pursue Jesus. But what about how Jesus pursues us? This six-week devotional is all about the pursuit of Jesus toward His people. Each week has three days worth of Bible reading, devotion time, study questions, and application questions.
Choose a few days each week to plan out family devotional time as we all grow closer to Jesus in our secret space.
DO YOU OWN FAMILY OLYMPICS
These “minute-to-win-it” games are sure to create hilarious memories as each person competes to win!
Pro Tip: The prizes can be as simple as, Get out of dish duty, skip walking the dog, extra game time, or dibs on the TV remote for an hour!
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