Engaging Your Teen's World: Understanding What Today's Youth Are Thinking, Doing, and Watching

Engaging Your Teen's World: Understanding What Today's Youth Are Thinking, Doing, and Watching


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"Netflix and chill," "broccoli," and LGBTTQQIAAP+. If you don't know what these words and phrases really mean to your teen, you are not alone. The verbal terrain of today's youth can be difficult to navigate, and sometimes requires a guide—a culture translator to help parents of teens decipher the codes and unlock the doors to an ongoing conversation about faith and life.

David Eaton and Jeremiah Callihan
provide just that in Engaging Your Teen's World, teaching you how to maintain open communication about everything from relationships to technology and media in order to help teens grow in their faith and successfully deal with difficult issues. Eaton and Callihan bring a wealth of frontline experience, sharing a big-picture view of your teen's world and how to interact with it, followed by more specific information on
· what your teen is thinking, doing, and watching
· conversations about sex, gender, porn, sexting, and drugs
· being a missionary to your teen
· and much more

Despite the many challenges facing teens and their parents, this frank, insightful, and practical book offers a hopeful view toward the long-term goals of your relationship with your teen and for their relationship with the Lord.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764235825
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/18/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 287,020
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Eaton and Jeremiah Callihan are the cofounders of Axis, a nonprofit that helps more than 200,000 parents and teenagers a month communicate and understand each other at the intersection of tech, pop culture, and the Gospel. Find out more at www.axis.org.

Table of Contents

Introduction: We Know You Care 9

Section 1 Why Engaging Your Teen's World Matters

1 You Are a Third-Way Parent 13

2 The Most Important Conversation 23

3 Your Wisdom, Their Wonder 37

4 Conversation: The Hunger for WITH 51

5 Translating Culture 58

6 Missionaries Cleverly Disguised as Parents 72

Section 2 How to Engage with Your Teen

7 Cultivating a Heart Connection 79

8 Two Types of Conversations 88

Section 3 Topics You Need to Engage with Your Teen

9 The New Sex Talk 99

10 Smartphones 107

11 Video Games 120

12 College 139

13 Depression and Anxiety 156

14 Drugs 168

Section 4 What Now?

15 You Can Do It! 179

Recommended Resources 195

Acknowledgments 198

Notes 201

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