Parenting Teens is a once-a-month parenting conversation about topics teens are facing in today’s culture. Led by the Crossings Edmond Students staff, Parenting Teens explores important, relevant topics including technology, dating, values, faith, and more.

The intention behind this series of discussions is to offer a place for parents to discuss these crucial topics as well as to create a community of people experiencing the same struggles and joys of parenting a teenager in 2020. Parents of Crossings Edmond Students, Seth and Liberty Froese, also hold a follow-up discussion group each Wednesday after the Parenting Teens class.

The Crossings Edmond team looks forward to seeing how God will use this group to serve Edmond families! Read on to learn more about our first discussion topic, Teens and Technology.

Instead of overwhelming parents with a list of things to try or change, Crossings Edmond Students pastors Alex Buchner and Hannah Pratz took a page out of Storybrand author Donald Miller’s book and framed the first Parenting Teens discussion with the “What if?” question.

In his book, Miller discusses how authors propel stagnant stories forward by asking “What if?” as they write. What if the character quits his or her job? What if the character moves to another city? What if the character falls in love? These questions lead to trying new things in hopes of continuing the story.

Alex and Hannah used the “What if?” question to get parents thinking about how technology is forming their students:

  • What if for one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and worship, feast, play, and rest together?
  • What if we wake up before our devices do, and they “go to bed” before we do?
  • What if we use screens for a purpose and together rather than using them aimlessly and alone?
  • What if car time becomes conversation time?
  • What if spouses have each other’s passwords and parents have total access to children’s devices?

During the first Parenting Teens discussion, these were the questions posed to parents. Along with exploring the positives and negatives of technology, the role of technology in the home, and resources on the Internet and smartphone safety, these questions help parents discover new ways to bring their families closer together and aid in the meaningful formation of their students.

For those interested in learning more about family and technology, Alex and Hannah recommend reading The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch.

NEXT PARENTING TEENS DISCUSSION – FEBRUARY 26

You’re invited to our next Parenting Teens conversation on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossings Edmond. We will discuss navigating teen dating and healthy friendships. We hope to see you there!

QUESTIONS?

We would love to connect with you and answer any questions you have.

Alex Buchner

Crossings Edmond Student Ministry Pastor
abuchner@crossings.church

Hannah Pratz

Crossings Edmond Student Ministry Pastor
hpratz@crossings.church