“What to Expect of a Twelve-Year Old” is a CD that each of our children have chosen to listen to over and over and over when they get to be around 10 and 11 years old. I was surprised when our oldest began to listen to it and as I sit here typing, Matthew (11) is listening.
Our children want to do great things for Christ and this CD has been a tool that has inspired our children to increased initiative, responsibility and maturity. It gives pre-teens (and their parents) a vision for what young people before them have done.
The young teen age years need not be a time when those around are catering to the teen’s desires and perceived ‘needs’ or toting them here and there for activities and events. Many teen activities are self-serving, while being labeled as valuable or necessary for learning or character building. Rather by 12 years of age the majority of the child’s training and preparation should be completed and these young adults should be able to learn, not through ‘activities’ or ‘amusements’, but while actively and productively serving their family, the church and the community.
We still have a long way to go and a lot to work on, but “What to Expect of a Twelve-Year Old” has given our children (and us) a vision for the potential and productivity of the teen years.