At Renaissance Classical Christian Academy, we know that when kids reach high school age, many of them start to question their faith, or even fall away altogether. Naturally, as a Christian parent, you want to do all you can to help your child maintain a strong relationship with God, and our team of Christian educators is here to help you do that. In this article, we will go over a few things you can do to encourage your child to keep the faith through their high school years and into adulthood.
- Model Faith and Morality- While the saying “actions speak louder than words” is something of a cliché, it is still true. One uncomfortable truth about teenagers is that they are very quick to notice adults’ hypocrisies, and your child will definitely notice if you talk about your Christian values without actually living up to them. If you want your teen to grow into a devout, generous, compassionate, and respectful adult, you need to model that devotion, generosity, compassion, and respect in your own life.
- Give Them Appropriate Resources- Another tip for helping your child maintain their faith through their high school years and beyond is to provide them with faith resources that make sense to and resonate with them. For example, many teens find the Bible stuffy and boring, but would respond well to faith resources that are specifically aimed at a younger audience.
- Help Them Connect to a Christian Peer Group- A third thing you can do to help your child keep their relationship with God strong throughout high school is to connect them to a group of Christian peers. This can be a youth group at your church, a Christian high school like ours, or any other group where your child will be able to make friends with other Christian teens and form a sense of community.