Middle Adolescence (14-18/21):
Continuing on the Tightrope
Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers (2011)
Chap Clark's book has been featured in at least two of our Youth, Family and Culture Courses at Fuller Theological Seminary, and I highly recommend it for ANY and EVERYONE interested in or called to minister you teens/middle adolescents. In a nutshell, our children are in pain, and not just the growing pains former generations of teens are used to. We often blame our teens for being difficult, destructive and even for leaving the church. We are, however, the adults, and the blame is mostly ours. There are ways we can come alongside our teens, love them, support them and yet slowly give them the independence and autonomy they crave.
Source: Google Images - Our teens are resorting to teens for life and beauty advice, experiences, friendship, protecting and support. These cliques are often unhealthy, and reactionary. Our teens are reacting to rejection, confusion, abandonment, and a need to be understood. God, help us heal our children and ourselves.
For Middle Adolescent Resources, please visit the AM Resources Page.