LIFE CONVERSATIONS • Parents should be intentional about conversation that prepare their teenager for life. Intentional conversations about their aptitude, wisdom, adulthood, finances, marriage, and relating to the opposite sex will prepare them for life on their own.
FAITH OPPORTUNITIES • Owning and initiating their own time alone with God, service, and finding their place in ministry is key. Serving in the Church, going on a mission trip, and exploring what and why they believe in God brings ownership, especially when they have permission to fail and learn.
BALANCED FREEDOM • A parent’s role in this phase of a teenager’s discipleship is to move from that of a manager (someone who gives direction and influence into every detail) to that of a coach (someone who gives direction and influence into the big picture). Wise parents navigate the balance to ensure their student is ready to be released to adulthood upon graduation.