Over the next week, two of my boys have birthdays that end in “teen.” Today, Jonah stepped fresh and eager into his thirteenth year. I feel like I finally understand why I had to go through the baby and toddler years: This is the reward. Our boys need to know what is absolutely ok, and what is absolutely not.
They were not the Bible-reading, small-grouping, mission-tripping Christian young people common in evangelical churches today.
And yet her community of friends all got married and then stayed married for decades and decades.
But even the most rigid, sulky teenage boy needs hugs from Mom. Create a “hug a day” rule or something that makes it routine and normal. Finally: If you’re like me, you’ll love parenting your teenage son. Share in comments anything you would like to add, or a question, experience, or suggestion for other moms too. Here’s a more recent post about When your teenager is pulling away from you.
However at times it can feel like a crazy balancing act…Do they need more grace? Do they need space, or hugs, or advice, or WHAT!!!??? **If you have enjoyed this post, or think your friends could benefit–Please share to Facebook, Pin to Pinterest etc! (and how you might be part of the problem.) Also: a full series on the topic of parenting teen (and pre-teen) boys–see this post to find a list of related posts.
Some of the specific challenges I identified were: So I founded Practical