teens need purpose

Teens Need Purpose and This Is Why

(Inside: Teens need purpose. Here is how purpose interrupts unhealthy thought patterns, transforms hard situations, and helps them grow.)

Teens need purpose. 

Purpose meets kids where they’re at and points them to hope. 

Purpose redirects loneliness. It encourages isolated teens to notice those around them who also need friends and form groups. 

Purpose uplifts depression. It nudges the discouraged to focus on doing good. Find a place to volunteer and focus on making this world a better place.   

Purpose interrupts anxiety. It helps the brain to focus on something else while the racing mind calms down: walking the dog, baking a cake, or helping your sibling with homework. 

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Purpose provides stability. It gives the family something to circle around, a routine of who does what when, and how everyone works together to get through life.

Purpose gives importance. It reminds people they are needed. To help. To be a good friend. To come up with ideas. To contribute. 

Purpose grows courage. It urges the big kid to go for the course, activity, job, and new ideas beating in their hearts. As they take it one step at a time and see how much they are capable of, self-confidence is nurtured. 

Purpose offsets disappointments. It helps teens find silver linings like creating your own team for a club league out of the gaggle of teens also cut. 

Purpose can be just what our kids need.  It helps them shift their focus away from their fears and what they can’t control onto what they can. 

Purpose gives specific direction. 

With something tangible.

And in that pursuit… 

Perspective shifts.  

Grit gains speed.  

Confidence grows. 

Maturity happens. 

Purpose grounds us and gets us through. 

Look. I know parenting isn’t tidy and “one thing” doesn’t fix it all. But purpose is a big deal. So, how can we look at where our kids are in their walks and pull purpose out of it? The small or big kind of purpose that will challenge and nourish and grow our teens in the best of ways.

Because teens need purpose.

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