Navigating Puberty in Today’s World

Do you remember what it was you were feeling and experiencing when your body was transitioning from childhood to adulthood with what seemed like breakneck speed? It happened for me during my Junior High years and I was consumed with two questions: What is happening to me? And, what do I do with what is happening to me? I can’t imagine what it’s like to navigate puberty in today’s world. Television, film, and social media is pounding them with thousands of images and messages daily, each one contributing to a set of appearance standards that become the benchmark for being normal, acceptable, likeable, and lovable. Parents can and must help kids navigate this confusing time by playing the following roles: Offer your teen a godly perspective on the changes that are taking place. Model the unconditional love and acceptance of Christ during the physically awkward years, and teach your children about the inward qualities of godliness.