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Facing Adversity with Teens: Chosen for a Time such as This

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

The story of Esther’s courage is inspiring and a reminder to rise up in the face of uncertainty. As we all face the unsettling feelings and questions the Coronavirus presents, we must rise. Facing this adversity with teens, however, is especially important in this developmental stage. To rise, we must believe God’s promises.

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“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

How Families with Teens can Face Adversity Together

There is much good that can come from facing adversity together as a family and society. Here’s a few!

  • Use this time to draw closer to your children and have meaningful conversations that can teach them powerful social emotional skills such as self and social awareness, self-management and empathy. Here is a wonderful resource to walk you through these conversations.

  • School closing can offer time for teaching your children some of the most basic life skills, such as how to sew on a button, cook, write a check, balance a checkbook, chain the oil, change a flat, iron a shirt, set a table, and how about reading a book together and discussing different perspectives.

  • It can also be a good time to prepare for college entrance exams and review college and career options… you get the idea.

Steps for Facing Adversity

Where do I start?

a teen girl prays with folded hands sitting on a bible in her lap

  1. Practice spiritual and emotional self-care – remember children are watching and taking their cues from your responses. Check out these short helpful video links:

4. Practice physical self-care

5. Be purposeful about this time and keep a routine

See Adversity as an Opportunity

a man summits the top of. a mountain with his fists in the air, seeing his adversity as an opportunity for success

Learning to cope well in a crisis builds resilience in your children – an invaluable life skill. This is a great opportunity to build bonds with your family and fellow man. Let’s rise!

Their future – your influence – our tools! Want to know more?

Prep4Success Curriculum is specifically designed to provide you with the tools to connect to your students as you explore timely important developmental topics together. You can inspire, you just need the right tools. Join us!

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