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How to Talk to Your Teen About Current Issues

Written on 06/08/2020
CCM Team


This week's Axis.org newsletter had something in it we felt compelled to share verbatim: 

This week, we were witness to a huge societal shift, maybe one of the largest in any of our lifetimes. Americans are talking to each other about the inherent rights of their fellow citizens and coming to agreement on how law enforcement should and should not be used against US citizens.

But here’s where it gets complicated for parents. Gen Z is a generation of activists, and they’re committed to the cause. To have conversations with your teen about racial issues and politics, we have to understand that the foundation of their belief system is very different. That’s a natural result of the different experiences they have had and the limited scope of their lifetimes.

Many members of Gen Z are extremely open to socialism, as well as distrustful of government institutions.They believe that utopian ideals are more than just plausible—they are achievable. They have learned about terms like white privilege, systemic racism, postcolonialism, and police brutality online. On the journey toward a less racist society, it’s possible that teens see themselves as more knowledgeable than their parents.

The good news is that we don’t have to agree on everything to have conversations with our teens. It’s a perfect time to show our kids that we’re as devoted as ever to letting God, the author of justice, posture our hearts. We can demonstrate this by learning together, having open conversations, and creating a safe environment for civil and calm disagreement.

Here are some resources you might want to explore with your teen. While we can’t endorse every bullet point or editorial, we can say that these sources are coming from a place of hope and a shared belief that who we are in God’s eyes defines us more than our skin color.

For more ideas on ways to spark conversation in your family, check out this post from Axis.org.