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Dealing with Young Teenagers

by Mar 2, 2015Teen Life, Teenagers, Training Children

“Stop bothering your sister.”

“Why?”

“Because it is not nice to do that to her.”

“Well, she is not nice to me. Why should I be nice to her?”

“God says you should be nice to her.”

“Well, then, you should tell her that. If she starts being nice to me, I’ll be nice to her. Its not like I am hurting her or anything.”

“But that is not how it works. You should do what God wants no matter how your sister responds.”

“So, what do I do when you get mad and yell at me?”

“You shouldn’t talk to me like that!”

“Why? I am not being disrespectful or mad, I just asked you a question.”

“You just shouldn’t. Look I have to take your sister to piano practice. When we get back you and I are going to talk to your father.”

Mom leaves. She is angry, but no more than usual. She has this conversation with Josh a lot. By the time she is halfway to the lesson, the confrontation has been forgotten. Josh knows the conversation with dad will not happen. He is actually relieved that Mom is leaving. He has some things he wants to check out online.

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