I thought my 20 plus years of student ministry would prepare me for the task of parenting a teenager. I thought wrong!
A while ago, my son and I were driving and he decided to broach the subject of my over the top rules surrounding social media. He called me on the carpet for changing my rules and requirements three different times, and he has had enough. I confessed that this was my first time parenting a teenager. He did not find comfort in that excuse and finally let me have it, "Dad, you have been telling parents for years how to parent their kids and help them set up rules for social media. What's the problem?"
It was at that point I had to confess that I have no idea what I am doing, and ask for his forgiveness and patience.
Upon further reflection, I have realized that this was just an exposed crack in the deepening divide that is happening between me and my teenage son. This distance is causing such sorrow and anxiety, in a way that I could never have imagined.Read More