Saturday, June 4, 2011
The Teen Mission Field
Before a missionary goes to a foreign country, he spends time learning the language and culture so he can effectively communicate, and that’s what parents need to do as well today.
What I hear most often from the teens I work with is that they don’t feel understood by their parents. In a way, they feel like foreigners in their own home. They don’t speak the same language their parents do, so a communication gap develops.
Parents need to make the effort to intentionally learn to translate and speak their teenager’s language. This small step will help your teenager know you are trying your best to understand them, and that can go a long way toward building or restoring your relationship.