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The more the teen feels the parent is invested in meeting their needs instead of frustrating those needs, the more willing the teen will be to see the parent as a mentor.

The restoration of the parent’s mentor status is what allows the teen to be receptive to the parent’s attempts to form the teens faith, values, and worldview.

The best response to this is to build you relationship with your teen, help him or her identify the specific, painful experience underlying the intellectual pretense of disbelief and–sensitively–work through that pain.

They’re angry at their parents rules and, for whatever reason, they believe that those rules are a direct result of their parents religious devotion.

I grew up in a wonderful and loving home in Southern California.

I had an older brother and sister 12 and 15 years my senior respectively, parents who were happy together, and my aunt and cousins lived one street over.

The other day my son/daughter was refusing to go to Church. For all their intellectual pretensions, teens–even teens in middle to late adolescence–tend to be more emotional thinkers than abstract thinkers.

S/he told me that s/he doesn’t believe ‘all that stuff’ anymore. Adolescents are in the early stages ”formal operations” (i.e., philosophical, abstract thinking).

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