Dear Parents, If you are new to our email list and wondering what this is, you are on our parent email list for Threshold Jr or High School Ministry at Church of the Rock. Occasionally I will send out some material we like to call our Parenting Teens Online Class. I’ll include a little bit of material to read and usually a video to watch if you are interested. We hope it helps to encourage you as a parent of a teen and the difficult job that can be!

This week we are talking about Responding vs. Reacting:   One of the hardest things in the world to do is to respond to your teen as they are throwing an attitude instead of reacting to them. What’s the difference? Well, reacting is based on emotion which we all know is rampant when dealing with a teenager. We respond to the situation when we step back from the emotion and take a moment to think through what is really going on. Like I said, it’s not easy! Parents, the secret is out. The map to your “buttons” has been published , and your teen will push them. Repeatedly.

But we do our own share of pushing, don’t we? You know what makes your teenager crazy and sometimes, just sometimes, it feels really good to give them a good share of their own medicine. At least for a moment, until we realize we have done exactly what we are trying to teach them NOT to do! Two steps forward, one step back! Just keep moving forward. Please take a moment to watch this:

If you haven’t checked our the Rites of Passage Experience yet, please check it out here:

There is a guide for every year for youth in Grade 6-12.

Feel free to forward this email to other parents of teenagers and have them email me if they would like to join our online parenting class. Tim & Mathew   Tim Hamm – Threshold Jr (Grade 6-8) – Mathew Povey – High School Ministry (Grade 9-12) –


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