Parent-teen communication begins with setting the stage for real listening. But the stage needs the props removed–computer screen, mobile phone, headphones–so you can start the dialogue in a way that encourages real listening. And as a result, you will teach your teen conversational skills that respect you and others.
This is just one example of a Biblical lesson that Christian parenting can teach through online experiences (see https://www.christiantechkids.com/2016/02/11/using-your-teens-online-experience-as-a-bible-teacher/). Consider these scenarios:
(Teen, still looking at keyboard) But I shouldn’t have to mow the lawn… OR
(Continues typing) But I shouldn’t have to watch that documentary with everyone… OR
(With headphones on) But WHY do I have to do that, Mom? (Leaning back, vaguely watching his screen.)
Two commonalities exist in the above scenarios: They occur while your teen is engaged with technology, and they result in the beginning of Continue reading