It’s time for our Hearts at Home Third Thursday Thoughts Blog Hop! This is where you get to hear and interact with other Hearts at Home mom bloggers who answer the same question. Today’s topic is this:
If you could go back in time and tell your teenage self one thing, what would you say?
I would tell her that she didn’t have to date. I would tell her that in high school she can focus on character building, deepening her walk with God, and enjoying life to the fullest. I would tell her that boys don’t define her and that she doesn’t have to always have a boyfriend to feel secure. And she definitely doesn’t need to be like everyone else…she can make her own choices and it’s perfectly fine if they are different choices than other teens.
And guess what I’ve told my girls? Yep…all of the above!
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I would say, “GET OVER YOURSELF! This world is SOOO not about you, it is about the ONE who made you, so focus your energy and time on Him!”
(And yes, I still have to tell myself that over and over and over again!) 🙂
I would tell my teenage/college age self to not talk myself out of my convictions. Dating is hard, and being in a relationship where the guy is constantly trying to talk you out of your convictions is not healthy! Run the other way, and stick to the convictions God has laid on your heart.
I would tell myself to stay out of debt. Life is much nicer when you live simply and appreciate the free things in life. I would also tell myself that being selfish only creates problems in the long run. It’s not a ‘treat me good, then I’ll treat you good’ mindset. It’s learning to close your mouth and to go out of your way to make things better for those you love, even when they are having an ‘off” minute/day/week/etc. Their behavior is between them and God. If you act and react the way you are supposed to, it makes everyone’s life better. I really wish I’d have implemented this at the beginning of my marriage (12 yrs ago). Thank goodness I am finally much better at that…..
Ooooo….I agree on the stay out of debt thing! I wish I’d understood that earlier in life!
Who won the “Got Teens” books? I could use one as my daughter just turned 13.
That is exactly the same thing I would tell myself. It took me several years into adulthood before I figured out that my constant string of relationships most likely had something to do with the fact that I never had a steady, loving father figure in my life. My parents divorced when I was three and my father died when I was eight. There was more than one step-father but none ever filled that void. Now I have five sons and my oldest has started dating. I can spot a “needy” girl a mile away and have talked with my son about it so that he is aware of what he may be getting into.