You may find this hard to believe, but it’s not difficult to find helpful links to pass on to parents that they may not mine from the internet on their own. A lot of moms and dads scour Facebook and Fantasy Football, but never once Google “Help Parenting Teens.” So finding content to share is actually a breeze. Most folks aren’t trying that hard to find it on their own.
No worries…this weekly blog is a quick-hit one-stop shop for links that will help you understand your adolescent son or daughter better. The challenge is not finding helpful material. The challenge is limiting it to a few links per week.
My links I’d run across from Adam McLane were piling up, so I thought I would devote the entire set to things Adam has written over the past few weeks. So, without further ado:
Can’t Miss Links for Parents 2.8: The Adam McLane Edition
(Also…Image Credit to Adam McLane)
Parents are always asking what apps are popular with students. In this blog, Adam covers four significant ones, as well as addresses some over-arching principles about teenage app use. This is a super practical post. If you only pick one of these three to read, read this one.
Just kidding…read this one instead. In it, the author takes the common — EVERY TEENAGER IS SENDING PICTURES OF THEMSELVES NAKED!!! — assumption and rips it to shreds. More importantly, he postures us as adult leaders as a potential solution to the problem with this narrative. Our attitudes and reactions to teenage trends do, in fact, impact the trends. We can shut stuff down in a healthy way or throw gas on the fire. In Christian maturity, we’re being implored to do the former.
Oh who am I kidding, just read this one also. It’s a little lighter, and I appreciate it as a dad of at least one voracious reader. This snarky take made me chuckle a time or two, while subtly addressing our tendency as parents to freak out over everything, even things that are perfectly healthy and good. You know, like reading.