What do I mean?Let teenagers pursue their interests, as many interests as they want, and as many as you can afford. Of course those interests should be safe, healthy and edifying, but other than that, give them free reign to explore. Yes, those pursuits can be expensive but so can the alternative. And yes, they will chase many dead ends before they find their sweet spot...but that’s okay.
The parents my wife and I look up to (because they got it right with their teens) once told us their secret. They said; “we kept them so busy with good activities, and surrounded by positive peers, that they didn’t have the time or the interest in the bad stuff.” Well, that certainly requires time, energy, and sacrifice on behalf of the parents, but the truth is, that’s what it takes to raise healthy teenagers in an unhealthy culture.
Take Away: Let teenagers pursue their interests, as many interests as they want, and as many as you can afford.