Parent Resources

AM Students is partnering with Ministry to Parents to provide monthly resources and encouragement for parents of teens.


January Parent Resource: Your Teen’s Friends

Dear Parent,

You are extremely important to your teenager whether they acknowledge it or not. Now with that being said, you need to know that you are probably being replaced as the “best friend” in their life. Some of you may be shaking your head at this because you have already dealt with this very issue. One of the biggest learning moments for parents is the realization of how important friends are to your teen.

Talk to your teenager about their friends. Help them determine the qualities of a good friend. And remember, listen to what your teen has to say regarding friendship. They are smart and can be discerning if they aren’t shut down by all the requirements that you have for prospective friends. You taught them about respect, trustworthiness and character. They won’t forget those lessons as they choose their friends.

Talk openly with your teenager about friendship. Allow them to be just as open. Sometimes, it’s very easy to have expectations of your teen that you aren’t willing to have for yourself. Do your friend choices match up with what you are requiring of your teenager? They watch and often navigate down the same roads their parents have taken. Ask yourself if this would be a hard mirror to look in?

The video we are providing gives you great ideas on how to help your teen foster true friendships and learn how to be a true friend themselves. Just remember, you aren’t being replaced. It’s more like they are learning how to better appreciate you in later years. Okay, maybe you’re being replaced for a short time, but they need a parent more than they need a friend right now anyways!

Walking this road with you,
AMS Student Ministry Staff (via Ministry to Parents)

Parent Events

The Alpharetta Methodist Students team believes that not only are we here for students, but for their parents as well. We know the challenges of parenting middle and high school students and
understand that sometimes you feel unequipped. That’s why we will host an event twice a
year to better help equip parents for the difficult and joyous job of parenting. At each event we
will bring all parents together for a meal, a few songs, and have an expert guide our discussion on

  • Parent events will be held Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

If you have questions, contact Student Ministry Director Lucas Pruett.