Examination of Conscience for Parents of Teenagers
Do I teach my teenage child to be caring towards all people?
Do I pray that their relationship with the Lord Jesus will be the most important part of their life?
Have I been responsible to know always what kind of people my teen spend time with?
Have I set boundaries to guard my teen from sinful influences in personal friendships?
Do I take a loving interest in the families of my teen’s friends?
Do I go overboard to support a “social life” for my teen which distracts them from more important life lessons?
What are the reasons I encourage or discourage sports/activities?
What are the reasons I do not allow certain sports/activities?
Do I consider sports/activities to be more important on Sundays than encountering Jesus Christ in the Mass?
What amount of my own time do I allow to be dominated by my teen’s sports/activities?
What is the example I set by my own personal recreations?
Am I personally guilty of staying up too late for the wrong reasons?
What is our family routine in the morning? Does it include prayer?
Do I set the example by beginning and ending my day with prayer?
Have I been responsible by setting reasonable expectations by a curfew? Have I made good communication and decision making a preventative measure for this problem?
If our family does not eat together regularly, are there good reasons and other times that we meet or pray together?
What kinds of technology do I myself enjoy, which is the equivalent of teen talking and texting?
Do I allow technology to be a source of pride, or feel “superiority” against technology others use or do not use?
Do I concern myself to know for what and how much my teen uses cell phones or technology?
Have I made myself aware of the dangers, even criminal pitfalls, open with the possibility of teen cell phone use?
Do I prudently invoke my right as a parent to review my teen’s posts and e-communications?
Do I talk with my teen about life in general, as opposed to snippets of media?