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Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Your Children

Mon, Sep. 11, 2017 Posted: 01:05 AM


As the head of a Christian household, there are a number of challenges that you face. One of these comes with having younger children and teens that may be faced with peer pressure from non-Christian friends and acquaintances. Dealing with the problems that stem from this type of peer pressure can be difficult. At the same time, with your children mixing with other kids from all walks of life at school and when socializing, it is difficult to stop this from occurring.

This is why it is important to consider the peer pressure that your kids face and to tackle things appropriately in order to maintain a healthy relationship with your children. Remember, these are kids from a different generation and although you may try and instill Christian values into them they are also constantly faced with other views and pressures from their peers.

The importance of communication

One of the key ways in which you can maintain a healthy relationship with your children is to ensure you communicate effectively. This is a simple but tried and tested means of bringing the family together. Try to discourage your kids from locking themselves away and spending all of their time playing games or watching TV series on their computer. Instead, spend quality time together and talk things through because this will give you a better understanding of the pressures that your children may be under.

Simple things such as ensuring you eat your meals as a family around the table without distractions such as TV and technology can help. This is the perfect time for you to chat amongst one another and find out more about how things are going in general. It will give you more of an idea of whether your child is facing any issues or problems from peers, which means that you can address these issues sooner rather than later.

The one thing you do need to remember is that your children will invariably be influenced to some degree by their peers. We live in a very different world these days, and there are so many dangers lurking around that your children and family can be exposed to. The way around this is not to be forceful with your children with regards to issues that they may be having. It is all about effective communication and educating them rather than making them feel belittled and inferior.

You need to focus on teaching your children how to resist peer pressure if you want to maintain a healthy relationship with them. This is an educational method that will show them the right path rather than a forced method that could result in them rebelling. Explaining the wrongs and rights is a vital part of this education for children and one that is best left to parents rather than teachers or other professionals. You are the one that known your child best and you are therefore the best one to communicate when it comes to this type of issue.

Emelie Hyde