It really does take a village to raise a child. And into today's world, that village includes wonderful online resources. So check out some of those below, but don't forget to talk to your own village right here at Church of the Redeemer in the parents, faith formation leaders, and church staff who are here to help to raise your up child.
Depression and Suicide
Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and the occasional melancholy—it’s a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self–loathing and self–mutilation, pregnancy,
violence, and even suicide. But as a concerned parent, teacher, or friend, there are many ways you can help. Talking about the problem and offering support can
go a long way toward getting your teenager back on track.
Bullying seems to be on the increase with cyberbullying happening as well. What is a parent to do if one thinks their child is being bullied? There are good sites available to help identify bullying, know when to step in, and help our teens rise above the bullying.
Even "good" teens can get involved with drugs. Be an informed parent.
Teens use drugs for three major reasons:
1) They’re curious.
2) They want to fit in.
3) They’re wanting to escape uncomfortable feelings, such as anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration, stress, or boredom.
Early Sexual Activity
Who has the most influence on whether your child engages in early sexual behaviors? You do.
That’s why it’s so important for parents to talk to their kids about sex and to give them clear
guidelines about what is expected —and why.
CHECK OUT WHAT'S ON TEEN PAGE--LET'S TALK FAITH
It is crucial to our children’s wellbeing that we understand what they see online, what is out there, both good and bad, and how it impacts their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Check out the link to this comprehensive guide, we outlined eight areas that you should pay attention to as you navigate this complex online world. Depending on the ages of your children, not all of it will apply to you. Think of it not only as guidelines for what you should do now but what you should pay attention to as your children grow.