In today’s digital age, it’s no surprise that our teens struggle with rebellion. Our American youth culture specifically targets teens and challenges them to rebel. Those that don’t are viewed as weak.
Consequently, parents tend to accept that teens will rebel. This does not have to be the case in your home. I provide a practical way to prevent rebellious behavior in your teen.
Growing up in a dysfunctional and abusive home as a kid, I learned how to use words that could cut a person to the quick. But, that wasn’t an asset when I started having kids of my own. It took me a long time to learn the wisdom of Proverbs 15:1; “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
In fact, I’m still learning it. I’m not saying there’s never a time to use forceful words with our kids. The problem is when it becomes a pattern. We can keep from provoking our kids to anger by the routinely speaking to them in gentle terms rather than harsh ones. Routinely speaking harshly to our kids only justifies, in their minds, a rebellious attitude towards us.
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