The definition for drama is a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent. Ok, I think that encompasses most of the teenage years! Really! What part isn’t emotional or turbulent or, in their eyes, even tragic? Just about everything is!
That’s why we can’t avoid dealing with the drama! It’s very much a part of our teenagers daily lives. But there are varying degrees of drama. You have the friend drama, boy/girl drama, school drama, weight drama, acne drama, hair drama… need I go on? You get the point. But then you have drama that really can affect your teenager in a drastic way from the death of a friend to abuse to the breakup of a family! You see, the way they view drama is completely different than our perspective. And it’s our job as their parent, to help them learn how to view drama, how to handle drama, and even how to step away from drama when possible!
Our job is to teach our teens how to discern the truth of a matter. And for them to learn that discernment, sometimes we have to let them handle it themselves without our interference which can be difficult. If we are always interfering how will they ever learn to do it for themselves.
Talk to your teenager about what they think defines drama in their life and how they think they should handle it. You might be surprised at how discerning your teen already is!