In my book, The Five Love Languages of Teenagers, I try to help parents understand contemporary teens. Their world is vastly different from the world in which we grew up. Think of these five areas:
Technology – They are bombarded with sights and sounds.
Knowledge and exposure to violence – It is daily and they are keenly aware of it.
The fragmented family – One teen said, “I’m the only student in my class living with my real mother and father.”
Knowledge of an exposure to sexuality – Overtly sexual messages bombard our teenagers daily.
Neutral moral and religious values – They are told that there are no moral absolutes.
Do you understand why I am so concerned that parents learn to love teens effectively?