28Responding to Amel
- Oct 2, 2008A good question at the end of Amel's message.
How do we figure out what works when trying to connect with our teens.
The best story I heard came from a parent who attended one
of my colleague's 15 minute child breaks, a program designed to assist parents with this that is offered free of charge by the Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ (www.drugfreenj.org)Here is what she heard from
After attending worship services on Sunday, her family would come home.
The father would make a nice breakfast, and the children would
visit the mother one at a time for a chat in the living room. The four year old spoke to the mother just for a few minutes. Then the seven year old and then her teenager. That is where the teen told her mom that
she had been asked to smoke marijuana. So this mother had
the idea to set up a comfortable atmosphere where there was trust.
I think those types of bonding situations are terrific for parents
to try. Hopefully, that helps Amel and other parents "connect".
Amel, Thanks for posting your message.