Tuesday October 15 2019

Alive to Thrive

Teen suicide is a real issue, and one that is not always spoken about. Attached is a booklet from Focus on the Family entitled “Alive to Thrive” – A Biblical Guide to Preventing Teen Suicide. We encourage you to take time to connect with the issues in this book as we work towards developing children who thrive. 

Under the section entitled “The Best Defence Against Suicide” is a section entitled supporting your child. Below are 7 traits that they list as traits of effective parenting:

As you try your best to be a supportive coach to your children,

keep in mind that they are seeking identity. They want to know who

they are and what they can handle in this big, exciting, and sometimes

threatening world. Nowadays we’re seeing too many kids abandon that

quest before they’ve even had a chance to get started. A child who gets the support he/she needs from beginning of his/her childhood to the end of his/her growing years won’t be as tempted to make that tragic mistake. That child will be equipped and prepared to face the challenges of life without bending to pressure or adversity.

You can use the following Seven Traits of Effective Parenting to remind

yourself of what’s most important:

1. LOVE – Love, despite our imperfections, is seen in daily sacrifices, sincere attention, connected experiences, and God’s perfecting.

2. RESPECT – Respect is built out of a foundation of love, which requires give-and-take, much like a dance, recognising through humility the uniqueness and importance of self and others through God’s eyes.

3. BOUNDARIES & LIMITS – Boundaries with love and respect are essential to attain true freedom in Christ, through discipline and limits to inspire growth, trust, and healthy decision-making.

4. GRACE & FORGIVENESS – Grace and Forgiveness give us freedom from shame, so we can step into who God has called us to be, what God has called us to do, and continue His ministry of reconciliation.

5. INTENTIONALITY – Intentionality is the pursuit of an authentic relationship with God and each other through discipline, balance, and family values.

6. GRATITUDE – Gratitude facilitates humility and a receptive heart that is prepared to lead, guide, communicate, connect, respond, and resolve conflict. Gratitude is the gateway to kindness.

7. ADAPTABILITY – Adaptability is the ability to adjust to whatever life brings and a willingness to embrace and respond to the stress that comes with parenting.