This retreat is required for 8th grade students enrolled at Front Range Christian School. Parents are welcome for the entire retreat, and are encouraged to attend the first 1.5 hours, as that time is designed to include parent involvement in casting a vision for their student’s future.
The rest of the day, topics will include defining purity and its importance, teen pregnancy, STDs, and alcohol/vaping/drugs. Emphasis will be placed on the pressures and dangers of media and the importance of accountability with friends and mentors.
Bagels and coffee will be available in the morning for parents and students. Lunch is provided for students. Parents who wish to join us for lunch should notify us by Tuesday, February 5. (If students have dietary restrictions, please also inform coordinators by this date.)
Questions for Parents to Answer Prior to the Retreat
- Consider your goals for your child’s future. What are your hopes/dreams/prayers for his/her future?
- What are some things your child will need to do in the next several years in order to achieve his/her goals?
- On a scale from 1-10, how much do you think decisions made in the teen years affect a person’s future? 1=none, 10=a lot
- What are some negative pressures you faced during your teens and 20s?
- What significant life decisions did you make between the ages of 15-30?
- More specifically, did your teenage years impact your 20s and 30s? And if so, how? (You are encouraged to share your successes and your failures.)
- What are the fruits of waiting until marriage for sex? What are the risks of not waiting?
- Is it important to have a plan on how to handle pressure situations ahead of time? Why?
- Brainstorm with your child some proper responses for saying “no” to negative pressures.
- Do you think engaging in risky behavior “desensitizes” you to future occurrences or to more offensive occurrences in the future? Do you have an example from your own life to share?
We encourage you to think through how you will respond if your child comes to you to discuss any of these negative pressures you are discussing together. Share with them why they should come to you with questions or concerns.
To think about and discuss later: Do you typically use the media together as a family or separately? Does the media typically improve your family life or hinder your family life? Do you think anything needs to change pertaining to your family and using media?