Monday, September 22, 2008

Teenage Girls

a Biblical thought...
Then I heard the sound of massed choirs, the sound of a mighty cataract, the sound of strong thunder: Hallelujah! The Master reigns, our God, the Sovereign-Strong! Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory! (Rev 19:6-7)

a Book thought...
For Jesus, the question wasn’t, how do I get into heaven? But how do I bring heaven here? (p147 Bell)
a Dave thought... from The Age
Fathers of teenage girls need to be able to show unconditional love.
Tears, tantrums and tiaras. As teenage girls play with the boundaries of independence, few will disagree they have a poor reputation for dealing with their parents. But since fathers are usually their first male role models, dads have a big responsibility in bringing up a happy, well-adjusted young woman.
Psychotherapist Shushann Movsessian says fathers affect how their daughters learn boundaries, achieve success, create a loving and trusting relationship with a man, deal with authority and are willing to try new things.
Allan Rudner, who works with fathers of teen girls for the community-based program Pathways Into Womanhood, says when a daughter is dismissive it is important to say "I still love you", "I'm here to support you" and "I'm concerned about your safety."

Parenting is a huge challenge and as our children are at different stages of their lives I am discovering that our relationships need to adjust accordingly. In society more than ever before it seems many teenage girls are facing numerous pressures with low self esteem and depression more common than ever before. I trust that we will do our utmost in and outside the Church to help each other parent and support our teenagers whatever they may be facing.

Just a thought.

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