What’s that noise? It’s you getting older, and you getting less in touch with teen/youth culture. Sorry for the zinger, but with each day that passes, you realize teenagers aren’t watching Saved by the Bell or Boy Meets World anymore (or at least until the new series comes out) Face it, guys don’t part their hair down the middle and listen to grunge music, and girls don’t have a “Rachel” haircut and chat all night on Instant Messenger.
So, what are teenagers like today? How do stay in touch with teen culture?
Here are 3 ways:
- TALK TO THEM! Find out what they like, don’t like, listen to, do in their spare time…etc. Be a mentor, a friend, a spiritual guide, a positive adult influence that will help them be more like Jesus.
- Youth Culture Updates – Subscribe to newsletters like www.CPYU.org. Be a regular reader on websites like www.focusonthefamily.org or www.connectwithkids.com.
- Youth Pastor – If you are a youth pastor, then it is part of your job to stay up on these things. So do the research and get the information to the parents. If you are a parent, ask your youth pastor to make the youth culture information available.
(Stay tuned for next week’s part 2, for 3 more tips to stay in touch)