A principle in communicating with teenagers – quote from Gary Chapman

A principle in communicating with teenagers- quote from Gary Chapman.


This is from a book about parenting…but it can also be applied to campus ministry, for most students are teenagers. …”Parents who wish to be an influential part of their teenager’s reasoning process must shift from monologue to dialogue, from preaching to conversation, from dogmatism to exploration, from control to influence. Teenagers need and want their parent’s input into these important areas of life, but they will not receive it if the parent treats them as a child. In childhood, the parents told the child what was right, and the child was expected to believe it. This is no longer true when the child becomes a teenager. The teenager wants to know why. Where it the evidence?”

from: 5 Love Languages of Teenagers. Gary Chapman. c. 2010 pg. 184

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