I recently read a book called "The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults," by Amy Ellis Nutt and Frances E. Jensen. Timely, to say the least, as we have two pre-teens in the house who are increasingly exhibiting perplexing yet age-normal behavior. We are decidedly in a new era of dealing with them, in terms of topics of conversation, how to handle discipline and punishment, and what we are worrying about over them.
It is such a crucial time in their brain development, and in some ways I am excited about the foundation that is being built in their lives and in some ways I am scared to death at the possibility of them making bad choices and forming bad habits. We are trying our best, as I know all parents of pre-teens and teens are, and most of all we are lifting these precious lives into God's hands to nurture and grow as He wills for their lives.