He invited me into different opportunities, and filled me with different dreams and desires.
While I don’t pine after those displaced dreams, my future no longer looks so sweet and simple.
We want to know it all, and we want to know it right now. As teens, we’ve become more self-aware and have started to carefully examine our own hearts. This is the season of my life where I’ve never been more aware of how sinful and broken and flawed I am. Isolation and loneliness are serious threats to my happiness.
Yet it’s the season where I’ve never been more aware of trying to cover up my flaws.
Stress is a serious health concern for young Australians.
In 2015, a research study by Mission Australia found that almost 40 per cent of 15- to 19-year-olds are very concerned about their ability to cope with stress.Stress is a normal part of life for teenagers and can be caused by many different things.The more we learn about stress, the better able we will be as parents to model the behaviours that can help our children learn to cope better with stress.Becoming an adult is embracing the process of trial and error, repentance and grace. Teenagers wrestle with much crippling, shame-fueling fear. You’re the parent of a teenager, or you work with teens, or you are a teen, and you want to know, ? As teenagers, though, we often long to skip the failure. Fear of Intimacy and Loneliness One of the greatest things I’ve feared failing at is relationships. We’re afraid of disappointing those we love and messing up in some extravagant, irreparable way. To fight fear, we must cultivate trust in the one person who’s in control and never changes. After all, what happens when our dream job falls through or we fail dramatically? Help us face fear, then, by preparing us for fearful circumstances. Have you thought about sharing your own struggles and stories of fear with your teenager? Then show them how the gospel has freed—and continues to free—you from fear. Show them what it means to put their focus in the right place. The fear of failure is paralyzing because it inhibits us from taking risks and moving forward—which is, of course, what growing up is all about. Stress is a normal part of life and can even be beneficial in some situations.However, if you’re worried that your child is under a lot of stress and it’s been going on for a while or is affecting their everyday life, there are things you can do to help them.This Email Newsletter Privacy Statement may change from time to time and was last revised 5 June, 2018.It’s very common for young people to feel stressed out from time to time.