We see the reality today in our Country Trinidad and Tobago and in general, that many young people—especially in their teenage years—weaken in their faith when they are tested. The origin of these crises can vary widely: pressure from a paganized environment, friends who ridicule others’ religious convictions, a teacher who imparts an atheistic viewpoint or denigrates the importance of God. But these crises become serious only if those undergoing them are unable to open up their hearts to the right people for advice.

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How to really love your teenager

On 13/04/2012, in Features, by Mark
Guiding a child through the teenage years is a complex venture and one in which many parents today are having great difficulty. In almost every respect, the adolescent situation is becoming worse year after year. Teenage pregnancy, suicide, declining academic achievement scores, drug abuse, juvenile crime, and feelings of despair are statistically overwhelming. (Our own country Trinidad and Tobago is no exception). What’s wrong? Although most parents truly love their teenagers, they don’t know how to convey that love in ways that make their teenagers feel loved and accepted.

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The greatest single thing that any parent can do to improve communication with their adolescent son and daughter, is to think about them in a different way. 

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Children often go through a period of crisis in their teenage years. They grapple with the big questions about the meaning of life and may seem rebellious as they demand water tight reasons for the faith and customs that have been handed on to them. Their studies become more demanding and they are challenged to look seriously at their future options of a career. During the adolescent years, the sexual instinct is awakened and this can cause a teen to be insecure about his or herself as they seek to understand what is happening to them and to integrate this dimension of their being into how they understand themselves and how they should interact with others, especially of the opposite sex.

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