Tweens and teens sometimes shut down around adults. It can be hard for kids to express their feelings. And it’s frustrating for parents who are just looking to connect.
To get some insight into kids today, author Emily Ley hosted a candid conversation with 16 year-old actress and author Alena Pitts. The pair discussed life as a teen growing up in today’s world filled with demands from seemingly every angle. Tweens and teens experience pressure to be popular, to succeed in school, to have the right friends, to please parents and to portray an ideal life on social media. It’s a lot for any kid and something that even the most well-intentioned parents can’t truly understand.
Those are just some of the reasons Ley wrote her new book, Grace Not Perfection for Young Readers. The adaptation is for young girls who struggle to be “enough” during these formative years.
The Instagram Live chat was a heartfelt exchange that allowed both authors to reveal their own personal teen experiences. “One of the things I think I struggled with the most,” said Ley, “was friendships and finding those friendships that speak life into you.”
“The last two years have been some of the loneliest of my life,” Pitts shared. During that time she lost her mother Wynter Pitts, and moved from Dallas to Nashville. “In Dallas, I had great friends and great community. But in Nashville, it’s been harder for me to find those people. But the one thing that I have done, is just prayed for those people. And I slowly see God bringing those people into my life.”
Watch the full Instagram Live now and find out what advice Pitts has for mom’s raising daughters in today’s world.