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Nurturing Emotional Strength In Your Teen

As parents, our role goes beyond nurturing our children’s spiritual development. We must also support them in building emotional strength…the ability to overcome life’s obstacles with resilience and faith.

Adolescence can be a challenging phase, marked by changes and pressures that can test the emotional well-being of our teenagers. Below are 4 practical approaches to assist you in fostering emotional strength in your teenagers:

1) Understand Emotional Resilience
Emotional strength entails more than just handling stress. It involves maintaining a determined spirit in the face of challenges. Proverbs 24:10 (NLT) informs us, “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.” It’s essential to equip our teenagers with the endurance and faith to navigate through life’s difficulties while holding onto hope.

2) Establish a Solid Foundation
The cornerstone of emotional resilience starts with a close relationship with God. Encourage your teenager to develop a daily prayer routine and regularly engage with Scripture. Psalm 46:1 (NLT) provides comfort for us, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Remind your teenager that they can seek strength and guidance from God in every circumstance.

3) Help Them Practice Building Resilience

> Emotional Understanding – Teach your teenager the importance of recognizing and expressing their feelings in a positive manner. Encourage open conversations and attentive listening within your family circle.

> Healthy Coping Mechanisms – Support your teen in developing healthy ways to handle stress, such as prayer, writing in a journal, staying active and spending time outdoors. Remind them that these activities can help reduce stress and worry.

> A Hopeful Mindset – Foster a positive outlook by promoting optimism, gratitude, and a focus on finding solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Remember the advice from Romans 12:12 (NLT) “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”

> Community Support – Surround your teenager with a supportive network of friends, family members, mentors, and like-minded individuals. Remembering this truth in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”

4) Set an Example
As parents, it’s essential to lead by example. Demonstrate to your teen how to face challenges with faith, prayer, and hope. Share personal stories of overcoming obstacles and highlight the role that faith has played in those situations.

By instilling emotional resilience in our teenagers, we empower them to tackle life’s obstacles with courage, faithfulness, and determination. And, a trust in Jesus! Philippians 4:13 (NLT), “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

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  • Chris Reed

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Singles Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, Marriages Pastor, and Parents Pastor. He is currently our Extensions Pastor, leading the charge for Saddleback Church start-ups across the US and world. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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