We want life handed to us in a color-coded game plan. It was always there, hovering darkly and persistently on the horizon. Many of us teenagers struggle with two below-the-surface (and seemingly paradoxical) relational fears: intimacy and loneliness. Go to this school, get this job, marry this person, and you’ll win. Intimacy connects to a fear of being known for who we truly are.
We’re afraid of disappointing those we love and messing up in some extravagant, irreparable way. To fight fear, we must cultivate trust in the one person who’s in control and never changes. After all, what happens when our dream job falls through or we fail dramatically? Help us face fear, then, by preparing us for fearful circumstances. Have you thought about sharing your own struggles and stories of fear with your teenager? Then show them how the gospel has freed—and continues to free—you from fear. Show them what it means to put their focus in the right place.
The fear of failure is paralyzing because it inhibits us from taking risks and moving forward—which is, of course, what growing up is all about.
Stress is a serious health concern for young Australians.
In 2015, a research study by Mission Australia found that almost 40 per cent of 15- to 19-year-olds are very concerned about their ability to cope with stress.
Parents want the best for their children and so do the teachers and the society in general.