Not So Merry Christmas
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?
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