Terry Bailey · Shared with the Public "The Bible contains great principles that can help guide parents as they raise their teenagers. Here are some fundamental principles to keep in mind:
1. Teach your children to respect and honor you. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:2-3, “Honor your father and mother… so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
When our kids honor us, it blesses them in many ways. It builds a stronger relationship between parent and child, sets an excellent example for other relationships they’ll have, and encourages them to live a godly life.
2. Pray for your teens regularly. A prayer is a powerful tool God gives us to impact our children’s lives (James 5:16).
As we pray for our kids, we can ask God to give us wisdom in raising them, helping them grow in their faith, and to protect them from harm.
3. Lead by example. Our teenagers will often follow our lead, whether we realize it or not. So parents need to set a godly example in all areas of life – from how we treat others to how we handle our finances. Then, when our kids see us living out our faith, it will encourage them to do the same.
4. Be patient and consistent with discipline. Parenting isn’t always easy, but God gives us His wisdom and grace to help us through it:
Proverbs 3:5-6 If you want favor with God and man, and a reputation for sound judgment and common sense, trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first; He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
Therefore, as we discipline our children, we should do so with patience and consistency, keeping in mind that our goal is always to help them grow into responsible adults who love and serve God."