Jessie Minassian knows the struggles teenage girls face. Not only is she an author, a speaker, and a blogger who has passion for mentoring young women, she lived through some challenging teen years herself.
Teen girls are trying to figure out who they are in the midst of social pressures, hormone-induced mood swings, and – many times – family dynamics. Even girls (and boys) who love God sometimes have a hard time acting respectfully at home. Christ-like selflessness, patience, and unconditional love are easy with people with whom you’re only casually connected. But when people live under one roof and no one is always at their best, emotions can get volatile.
At one point, Jessie went through such a difficult time she plotted to run away from home. Her plan fell apart before she even stepped outside of her house, but it was a turning point in her life. She decided that if she was going to stay, she might as well “stay well” and do her part to make the most of her time with her family. That was the beginning of a long process of getting outside of herself and “seeing” her family.
Jessie is with us on our broadcast to help parents and teen girls better navigate their conflicts within the context of a loving home. She offers practical ideas for having more constructive conversations and for how to manage these years, not perfectly, but more effectively.
I should mention that this program is primarily for healthier teenagers needing some help to find their way. We have many other broadcasts and resources available for moms and dads dealing with children struggling with addiction, depression, or other serious dysfunctions. For that support, give one of our counselors a call at 1-800-AFAMILY (232-6459). Or check our online store for helpful digital and print materials that will address your specific needs.
Jessie Minassian has written a great book called Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back).