My mom is scared to let me do anything! I'm sixteen years old and she still treats me like a baby. I've never done anything wrong so I don't know why she doesn't trust me. Though I haven't snuck around behind her back, I'm tempted to start. What can I do to get some more freedom?
LEANNA KAY says:
Let me start this by saying I am a mom with three kids and all of them are very good kids. Yet I can sometimes be overprotective. It's not that I don't trust them. It's that I don't trust the world!
What I'm trying to say is that it's very likely this isn't a matter of your mom thinking you're going to go out and do something bad (since this has never been your history). Rather she's probably afraid something bad will happen to you.
Will the boy you want to date put the moves on you and date rape you? If you go to the mall by yourself, will you be grabbed and thrown into a paneled van, shipped to Togo and sold into slavery?
All of these things are not likely threats. But your mom has this amazingly deep love for you and she's spent a lifetime protecting you. It's hard to let go. So what do you do?
As Christians, it can be tough walking the line between following God and living our day to day lives. Secular music (non-Christian music, in other words) and television are especially tough topics. It’s true that we must protect our eyes and ears from things that can harm us. After all, images and the spoken word can have a powerful impact on someone. But how do you know what to watch and what not to watch? What to listen to and what to tune out?
Grab a fave adult and watch this video together. It's about a young girl who stood up for what she believed in and WON the Nobel Peace Prize!!
CHAT IT OUT
1. What do you think makes Malala so brave?
2. Malala is passionate about getting an education. What are you passionate about?
3. Malala lives in a place where opportunities for girls are limited. Can you commit to praying for girls like Malala?
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