Here is the Walk Away Social Media Plan for parents. The goal is to have offline conversations with their students within each month around the Walk Away content.
Feel free to use any and all of this information but also don’t feel tied to these updates word for word. These are simply examples that you could copy and paste if you wanted or add your own personality. If you have any questions, suggestions, or even content that other people can use to help influence parents for this week then please leave your comments below the post.
Social media plan for parents: influences parents to have offline conversations with their kids within each month.
Bottom Line Session 1: Jesus never runs out of second changes. #WalkAway #XP3
Bottom Line Session 2: Jesus is ok with our doubt. #WalkAway #XP3
Bottom Line Session 3: Don’t confuse people with God. #WalkAway #XP3
Quote from Be a Student of your Student: Do you follow through with – or walk away from – things in your personal life? #modelingoverlecturing #WalkAway #XP3
Action Point: Three things to make tough conversations with your teen a bit easier – empathize, assure, encourage. #WalkAway #XP3
Retweet from Orange Parents/MP: Sometimes the way to protect your teen from trials in faith & life is to not protect them at all: https://www.orangeparents.org/raising-superman/ #WalkAway#XP3
Encouraging Quote: Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
― Paul Tillich #WalkAway #XP3
All of us, at one time or another, have dealt with—or will deal with—the temptation to walk away from Christianity or Jesus Himself. Thankfully, we are not alone. In fact, one of Jesus’ more famous disciples, Peter, faced the same issues we do—wrestling with guilt, doubt, and difficult dynamics with other people. But what Peter chose to do can offer us some hope in our own faith journey. Peter hung in there—he didn’t walk away, and as a result, his life was never the same.
Recap of Action Point:
Here are a few ways you can communicate in your conversations with your students when they want to walk away.
Empathize with your student. This isn’t agreeing with poor choices, but acknowledging that you understand and hear your student. Communicate you are listening by saying thing like:
• “I understand how that makes you feel.”
• “ I can see where you are coming from.”
• “You are right to feel that life isn’t fair, it’s not.”
Assure your student of the things that are true.
• Tell your child you are for them—even if you disagree with what they want to do.
• Tell your child you love them, no matter what.
• Tell your child that you will help them in any way you can as their parent to help them achieve their goals.
Encourage your student with stories from your own life.
• Share a time in your life when you wanted to give up—but didn’t—and how glad you were that you stuck with it.
• Share a time when you did walk away, but regretted it later.
Share Orange parents link with encouraging question:
Parents: What’s the best way to protect your teen from trials they’ll face in their life and faith? Tim Walker shares what he learned from Man of Steel: https://www.orangeparents.org/different-paths-2/