Cheri Fletcher helps parents to prepare parents for hard topics with teens. Here are the things your kids want to know, and how to address them.
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Meet our guest!
Cheri Fletcher lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, Todd. They have three grown children and are new to empty-nesting. She has had a passion to teach Bible classes to churches and high school students and to mentor youth to be leaders since 2002.
Our children practice instruments, lines for plays, routines, and game plans so they can perform or play with confidence. Yet Cheri knows planning for the spiritual battles they will face is often taken too lightly. Working with youth and preparing them for that battle is a calling that she takes seriously. Understanding just how much God loves them and the purpose they have is at the heart of her work.
When Cheri is not volunteering on her church campus, you will probably see her on the road running with her friends. Get to know Cheri and “Unlock Your Purpose”.
How to Prepare for Hard Topics with Teens
How important is it to give our kids the spiritual tools they need to navigate their next season? For Christian parents, having a spiritual game plan is just as important before they go out and play the game of life!
Cheri Fletcher volunteers on a Christian high school campus, and mentors college kids to mentor high schoolers. She’s asked the college kids:
“What Do You Wish You Would Have Known in High School?”
Well, they were happy to share.
This built-in discipleship program allows college students to take their leadership seriously, and prepare their younger peers for the difficult situations of high school. For kids who are confused about difficult issues, Cheri has found it so important to take time to listen to kids talk about their hopes and fears.
Spiritual Game Plan for Hard Topics with Teens
Cheri talks about what she often finds is missing in the parent-child relationship, even in Christian families. There’s often a disconnect in how we tend to shut down communication because of our own fears.
These questions need to be asked even in Christian schools, even in your home if you’re homeschooling.
As a starting place, begin by thinking about what you wish your parents would have asked you when you were a teenager.
It’s also important to be aware of what your own personal convictions are so you’re able to convey them to your teen. Also consider the more practical and tangible implications of your convictions.
Cheri goes into detail about the following hard topics with teens:
- Peer Pressure
- Substance Abuse
- Struggling with Hard Things
- Gender Preference
…where is God in all of this?
Parents of Teens Ask Questions About Their Own Faith
Cheri answers questions just for parents of teens:
- Why is it important to be open with your prior mistakes?
- When and why we don’t need to have all the answers.
- Are our homes safe places to ask these questions?
At the end of the episode find out one surprising thing that kids wish their parents did more of.
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