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Parents of teenagers are the most stressed-out individuals on the planet. The parent/child relationship is strained to the breaking point and resembles a battle zone more than a reflection of Christ's love.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

This page offers some suggestions and resources that I know work. The methods worked on both my kids.

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634486: Teaching With Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom  

One of my favorite books.

39306: Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood
By Foster Cline & Jim Fay

When kids hit their teen years, parenting takes on a whole new dimension. As they struggle toward independence and autonomy, some dicey issues emerge. And the real world you want them to be ready for can make you shudder - kids today face life-and-death decisions long before they're on their own.

So what do you do? Hover over them so they won't get hurt? Drill them so they'll do the right thing? According to Jim Fay and Foster Cline (Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility), hovering and drilling won't prepare teens for the real world. Because they learn responsibility like they learn everything else: through practice.

As a parent, you face no greater challenge - and no greater opportunity - than to guide your children through their teen years toward productive, happy, and responsible adulthood. Parenting Teens with Love and Logic will help you meet that challenge and rejoice in that opportunity.
The sooner you start the easier it is.

Babies as young as 18 months can understand and benefit from the Love and Logic techniques. Our first child was a tough one (ADD). We did not start the Love and Logic method until we were at our wits end. It took some time but things turned around. No more arguing about home work or chores, no more missing the bus to school. A loving relationship was restored.

Our son benefited from the Love and Logic method from birth. The results are awesome.

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448691: 99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers  

39549: Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility
By Foster Cline & Jim Fay / NAV Press

When they reach their teens, many kids seem to have no clue about making wise decisions - so they make bad ones. How can you raise mature, responsible kids? Foster Cline and Jim Fay show you how to parent "with love and logic." Once you learn to establish effective controls without resorting to anger and threats, your kids will learn to deal with the real world by solving their own problems. And you'll build a rewarding relationship built on love, trust and fun.

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766229: The Stranger in Your House  

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In Your House.
This book targets the differences between clinical depression and an adolescent "phase", the warning signs of suicide, mood swings, and more.

68964: Getting Ready for College; Everything You Need to Know Before You Go-from Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care  

Getting Ready for College; Everything You Need to Know Before You Go-from Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care

077631: Smart Money, Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money  

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Putting into practice the skills of Love and Logic helped us maintain loving relationships with our kids through the tough times.

We now teach these skills to other parents.

To visit the Love and Logic website click on the photo of their sign.


Parents: Make sure your kids see you pursuing your faith. Have a fixed quiet devotional time for yourself every day. Let them see you pray. Share openly your frailties and how God is growing your faith. Have a family devotional time like reading a passage from your family Bible after dinner each evening. Supply them with devotional material that is appropriate for their age group and encourage (don't insist or demand) them to have they're own quiet time. Here is a suggestion for a family devotional.

19821: Angry Teens and the Parents Who Love Them Angry Teens and the Parents Who Love Them
By Sandy Austin

Is your teen mad at the world? Not angry enough to shoot heroin or shoot up the high school. Not angry enough to steal a car or take the principal hostage. Nonetheless, you're having trouble reaching her. Or he's beginning to exhibit some risky behaviors. You sense he or she is running with the wrong crowd. Maybe anger is masquerading as moodiness, withdrawal, loneliness, or shame. When and how should a caring parent intervene? From recognizing the faces, reasons, and roots of anger to addressing it and surviving it, the author shares tips and guidelines garnered from years of counseling kids and parents who were on a collision course but then turned their lives around. This book can be an important first step in an improved relationship with your teenager.

Do not abdicate your responsibilities to others:

It is the parents responsibility to foster a love for God in their kids. You must never expect that just bringing them to church every week will cause them to develop their faith. Even if your church has an awesome youth program and devoted youth pastor it's not enough. They must see you live your faith. Teach them to pray by praying with them. Teach them to serve by having them serve with you. Teach them to depend on God by letting them see that you depend on Him.

Supply them with materials that foster discipleship. Learn how to lead your kids into a deeper relationship with God. It's your responsibility.

84693: ReCreate: Building a Culture in Your Home Stronger Than the Culture Deceiving Your Kids ReCreate: Building a Culture in Your Home Stronger Than the Culture Deceiving Your Kids
By Ron Luce / Gospel Light

All you need to do is look at the Internet, television, and movies to see that the hearts and souls of America's teens are at risk. What can you do to re-create culture for God's glory? Calling parents, pastors, and youth leaders to reject "quiet Christianity," Luce equips you to reshape our wayward media and values-starved society.

Here's some things your kids should be good at before they leave home:

They need to know how to handle money: Bank accounts, savings, budgeting, and giving;
Responsibly handle credit cards, how to fill out loan applications, and building a credit history;
They will need to know how to do their taxes and watch for identity theft;
They need to know how to cook and do laundry, watch their nutrition, and have proper hygiene. Schools don't teach this any more; How to find a church and choose a spouse. How to set priorities with their time and have good learning habits; How and when to go to the doctor; How to take care of common ailments like cold and flu; How to select pharmaceuticals when needed.

I can't tell you how many kids I've seen go off to college and flounder because their parents did not prepare them for living on their own. The kids who know this stuff make it easily. Nobody is going to do this but you. This is your responsibility as a parent.

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