Monday, January 6, 2014

Guest Post by Nicole O'Dell of Choose NOW Ministries

Celebrity Influence

4 questions parents ask about teens and celebrities...
  1. Is it okay for teens to emulate a celeb?
  2. Is gossip about celebrities really gossip?
  3. What kind of celebrity focus should I allow in my home?
  4. What about when I'm not around?
Being a parent of a teenager is has a range of responsibilities from simply keeping them safe from harm and teaching them to live a healthy, godly lifestyle. And not only teaching them how to do it, but also inspiring them to follow through for the long-term. powerlinepowerline365, powerline 365, raise christian teens, parenting, nicole o'dell, choose now publishing, 365 In quick-fire answer to the questions above, I'd say: 1. Sure, it's okay for teens to emulate celebrities--but it depends which ones. If my teen wanted to be just like a Kardashian, I'd have to speak up. But if they wanted to be like Shawn Johnson (olympic gymnast with great values) or Danny Gokey (Christian American Idol alum), now that I could support. Use the issue of fan-dom as a way for you to discover the kinds of values that are important to your teen, and then make it a teaching opportunity. parenting memories
2. Well, actually, yes. BUT. In my opinion, we still need to be careful about gossip and motive when it comes to dishing about celebs, but they do put themselves out there to be dissected, in many cases. But even more than that, I think we have a responsibility to use those opportunities to teach our kids about what's right. For example, is it gossip to talk about the woman at the well and speculate about what Jesus was writing in the sand? No, of course not. It's our attempt to teach and learn about truth and grace. The same can be true about looking into the lives of celebrities if it's done with that motivation. 3. As I mentioned above, healthy conversation about public actions and lifestyles is a good thing. Measure that against God's Word to discover what's good and what's unhealthy. Allow your teens ask questions and talk openly about the things they hear, see, or read. But put limits on access through media like reality television and magazines that get too personal and cross the line. 4. Here's where the real challenge comes in. How well have you taught your kids the reasons they want to limit their exposure to celebrities and all that comes with that lifestyle? If they haven't yet bought in to the reasons, and are only following orders, then you risk them struggling with and eventually giving in to temptation. You can avoid that by having frequent open discussions about their celebrity faves. I'm Nicole O'Dell, author, founder of Choose NOW Ministries, and mom of six. I believe that preparation is the number one thing when it comes to raising teens who will make good choices even when you're not looking. I and my team at Choose NOW Publishing have just launched an incredible set of resources that hits right in the heart of your need. Powerline365 is just the companion you need to prepare now to victoriously power through this next year and beyond.
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Nicole O'Dell, nicole odell, choose now ministries, peer pressure, parenting teens My heartfelt prayer is that you'll find victory in your relationship with your teens as you lead them to good choices and a strong faith in Jesus. Nicole O'Dell is the founder of Choose NOW Ministries, bringing a message of hope for today's families through daily articles, weekly radio shows, and the printed word. A mother of six herself, she has authored 23 books for parents and teens, both fiction and nonfiction, all with the goal of helping the reader make good choices NOW.

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