For years I've been the cool teenage guy. They've invited me to places they wouldn't normally allow a 30 plus adult. I've heard stories of sexuality, abuse, friend issues, parent issues, and I've counted it all a joy to be engaged at whatever level teenagers want me to be. But that day is shifting.
In the last few years, I've gone from the cool teenage guy to the cool "uncle." You remember that uncle you could get to take you to all the cool places, but you didn't really want him in on the most secret things in your life. And you know what, I'm ok with that. My job now is to continue to love teens in that place I'm in, but I've also got a responsibility now to help parents understand where teens are coming from.
As the "cool" uncle, I now have a wonderful ministry to families I've never had before, and I'm so thankful.
Last week I met with a group of Dads and Sons to talk about a few of these issues, and I got a lot of e-mails last week asking if I'd share what I presented to them. So this week….Dads and Sons. I'll be doing a special week dedicated to nothing but helping Dads with Sons reconnect with their teens. There are some important lessons for Sons to learn about Dads, and as valuable on the other side, there are important lessons for Dads to learn about Sons.
So, if you're a Dad, or a Son, or Both, be sure to tune into andybraner.com this week as we talk about what it looks like to help nourish a relationship often left up to whatever happens.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." (Joel 2:28)