Not So Merry Christmas

Kara Powell | Dec 22, 2009

An article in last week’s “New York Times” summarizing the results of an early December CBS News/New York Times poll reveals the effects of our economy, not just on adults but on kids. According to the article, 4 in 10 unemployed parents have noticed behavioral changes in their kids that they attribute to the parents’ difficulties in finding work.

Of course, the good news of Jesus’ birth is ultimately what Christmas is about. But many, many families are feeling the effects of this economy. And if you’re a parent, you know that your kids pick up on your stress and fears.

So this holiday, make sure you give space and a place for teenagers to talk about their concerns and fears. Spend time during your youth group Christmas party praying for those families who are unemployed. Send an extra text or make an extra phone call to kids who you know are going to have a different Christmas than normal.

Wouldn’t it be great if teenagers knew that we were adults who were safe places to share about their struggles?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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