Three million kids have grandparents parenting them. Are you one of those grandparents? Are you in need of some help? Are you in a crisis with your teen that you're not sure anyone has an answer for?
There are natural communication barriers between grandparents and their teenage grandkids:
• new and old cultures collide and the relationship sometimes flies out the window • hurtful words stab at a grandparent trying to help • memories are missed and arguments explode in a family
Both grandparents and grandkids face these triggers, but from opposite sides. And sometimes they result in teens getting into drugs, kids smoldering in unexpressed anger that deepens into depression, and kids even harming themselves. The teenagers want attention and relationships; grandparents want to help.
Help is available from author and well-known family expert Mark Gregston who has worked in teenage and family ministries such as Young Life and his own program, Heartlight, for over forty years. For Gregston, it’s all about relationships. Teens need to find out why they think no one understands them. And they need help to guide them through this contradictory world. Grandparenting Teens is a valuable resource that helps grandparents love their teens and relate to them in genuine, honest, life-changing ways.
This book gives practical tips on how to start grandparenting teens in a way that fosters connection. Mark teaches skills such as getting everyone to listen—really listen. As a grandparent, you can help your teen learn to paint their honest, big-picture perspective, so no one’s left out of their world. They will learn gratefulness instead of giving grief. They will recognize when their grandparent understands their troubles and becomes their role model for life when everyone else turns away. And both grandparents and teens will find their point of contact—their bond. Gregston’s stories will entertain you. They will teach you. They will move you. Some will even change your life.
This book is a must for every grandparent who wants to continue to have an influence on the life of their teen grandchildren. In this ever-important role, grandparents can offer something to their grandkids that they can receive from no one else.
MARK GREGSTON began his work with teens forty years ago when he was a youth minister and then an area director with Young Life. He and his wife, Jan, opened their home to work with those who were struggling through family crises, and in 1989, Mark and Jan moved with their two children, Adam and Melissa, to Longview, Texas. Here they started Heartlight, a residential counseling center for struggling teens and families in crisis. Mark has taken all the experience he has gained from working in the various youth ministry experiences and developed resources to help parents nationwide.
He’s authored nearly two dozen books, has written hundreds of articles about parenting teens in a difficult culture, and is also the host of the nationally acclaimed radio program Parenting Today’s Teens, which received the 2014 Program of the Year award from the National Religious Broadcasters. These programs are heard on over 1,800 radio outlets throughout North America.
Mark and Jan are the proud grandparents of four: Maile, Macie, Chase, and Carter.
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