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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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THIS WEEK'S YOUTH CULTURE WINDOW ARTICLE IS AN EXCERPT FROM JONATHAN'S BRAND NEW BOOK,
"CANDID CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPERFECT PARENT"


Raising the Bar
Parents Teaching Their Kids Lasting Values
By Jonathan McKee

"My kid is going to do it anyway . . . might as well let him drink at home."

How's that for high expectations and strong guidance?

This pessimistic and enabling perspective isn't as rare as you might think. I've heard it from numerous parents-even in the church.

After decade-long declines, drug and alcohol use among high school students spiked in 2009. In 2008 "only" 35 percent of ninth-to-twelfth graders surveyed drank alcohol in the thirty days prior to when they answered the survey. In 2009 the number jumped to 39 percent. In the same twelve months, marijuana use jumped from 32 percent to 38 percent, and the use of the synthetic drug ecstasy jumped from 6 percent to 10 percent.

Robyn Vanover, coordinator of Martin County's (Florida) Safe and Drug Free Schools program, is one educator who has watched this trend. After noticing a similar shifting in her county's 2008 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, she said the spike could be attributed to the low expectations of parents.

Many parents are giving up and letting their kids do whatever they want. These low expectations give kids permission to try at-risk behaviors, rendering them susceptible to drugs and alcohol.

It doesn't have to be this way!

Vanover said that knowledgeable, engaged, attentive, and communicative parents can make a huge difference. She believes that parents need to set the bar high. "The number one reason kids give as to why they don't use drugs and alcohol is ‘my parents,'" Vanover said. "The main reason is always, ‘My parents have an expectation of me.'"20

Where do you set the bar?

I admit, it's hard to set the bar high today when...

Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of numerous youth ministry books including the brand new Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the award winning book Do They Run When They See You Coming? He speaks and trains at camps, conferences, and events across North America, and provides free resources for youth workers internationally on his website, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com.


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- Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Have a New Kid by Friday

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Something You Can Use This Week: Using Avril Lavigne's song, "What the He**" to talk to kids about actions and consequences

Avril-What the Hell
What the He**
A MUSIC DISCUSSION
While culture (and media in particular) tells our kids that consequences are a thing of the past, they learn the truth the hard way. Now, our newest resource on our MUSIC DISCUSSION page will help you talk about the reality of consequences.

Main Point: In spite of what the world tells us, there are always consequences to our actions, so we must stay focused on living a godly lifestyle.

The Music Video: What the He** Canadian-born singer Avril Lavigne is definitely one of the pied pipers of this generation. She....





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