The stereotype of teenagers back in the hippie days of the 1960s remembers kids as oftentimes talking about trying to “find myself.” While today’s teens rarely if ever hitchhike to California as part of that quest, the single most important developmental issue in a teenager’s life is still identity formation. In the end, every teenager chooses to find his or her identity in something. The place they land now in terms of understanding themselves will determine what they believe and who they are for the rest of their lives. That’s why one of the most important parenting issues we face is the identity formation of our kids. In a perfect world, our kids would answer the question Who am I? by finding their identity in who they are as unique individuals created by God in the image of God and made for a relationship with Him. But our fallen world gives our kids countless other options. Help your kids navigate through these options and into the place where they find their identity in Christ alone.
Teens and the Search for Identity
July 5, 2021