It’s been just over a year since I wrote the post, What A Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom. That was my first ever viral post, and it wreaked all kinds of internet havoc, even crashing my site as nearly 2 million people visited over a two-week period. (I wasn’t complaining.) Over the last year, it has continued to be shared all over the world, and I’d guess that many of you reading this might have first found me through that post. (hi! So glad you’re here!)
I opened that Teenage Boy post talking about how two of my four boys had birthdays that week. One was turning fifteen, the other was turning thirteen. And “so far,” I said, they were doing really well.
Now that a full year has gone by, I am happy to say that my teens are continuing to do really well. In fact, it’s only gotten better and better. Not only are they great students, and well-rounded socially, physically and spiritually, but they are an absolute joy to have in my home. I honestly not only love my teenage boys, I LIKE THEM!
Over the past year I have also gathered a lot of questions from readers: “How can I stay connected to my teenage son?” “What is a key to keeping your teenagers out of trouble?…Choosing the right friends?…Staying interested in sports or church or just wanting to hang out with his family?” Then there are the “S-E-X talk” questions, the Puberty questions, and on and on.
I really love every question, because behind each question are parents who genuinely love their kids and want to support them through these years. And if I could sit down with each and every parent and just give you a big dose of encouragement, I’d do it!
But since I can’t, I’ve been pondering the best way to address all of these things. I am beginning to really think about some bigger projects: Perhaps an e-course, or a book. (I’m not sure yet, but feel free to give me your vote.)
But until I get to all of that, I thought I would take some time to tackle some of the hottest topics for parents of teen boys, and put them into a mini-series right here.
*Photos Credit, Jim Russi.
So…Beginning next week, I will tackle some of the following topics–One topic per week:
I’ll be covering puberty, pornography, dating, peer pressure, and more…
Is this all I will blog about for six weeks? No. If you don’t have teenagers, no worries! I will keep blogging on other topics in between the teen posts, just like always. (because variety is the spice of life.)
I’m not sure exactly what order I’ll be tackling these teen topics, so you’ll just have to show up and find out! I do promise to put my heart and soul into each post, sharing some quality resources, and possibly bringing in a guest post if I have a topic that I think would be best coming from an expert. Of course I won’t have all of the answers for everything, but I will do my best to support and encourage you as you face these wonderful, mysterious, awkward, awesome teenage years!
Now can I ask you a favor? Would you please help spread the word about this series? Would you PIN this post, share it on Facebook, and tell your friends about it? Readers will get the very most out of it if they are in it from the beginning!
Thank you so much!
Now use the comments below to leave any questions, concerns, hot topics, personal stories, fears, or particulars that you’d like to talk about in this series!
UPDATING as the series goes! Click on links for:
Part one in the series – What to do before your son starts puberty,
and Part Two – Kids and Pornography.
Part Three: What To Expect When Your Son Starts Puberty.
Part Four: Teenage boys and Dating.
Part Five: Teens and Peers