Thanks to our friends at Focus on the Family.
What your teens fear most is quite different from what may keep you awake at night. Most parents’ worries are theoretical and future-based — fear for their teens’ safety at school and their ability to compete in an increasingly tough world. They worry about college admissions, jobs and unfair treatment by peers. Teens, in contrast, fear what is already directly in front of them. Though social media stretches their global perspective, what’s on their minds most is narrower than what you might think.
Three innate fears drive teen reactions. When you know those fears and what your teens need most from you, you can provide what’s already within your control — lasting antidotes to help them power through and emerge with a positive perspective.