Our long-term goal as parents is to raise children who will practice self-control and manage technology well on their own. When my daughter Lucy was only 4, she was mesmerized with my new phone. As her chubby little fingers tapped the screen with all the brightly colored apps. I quickly realized I couldn’t mindlessly let … Continue reading Train Your Kids and Teens to Manage Technology Wisely
What Parents Should Know about the Metaverse
The metaverse presents an interesting situation for parents. With its introduction, the line between real and virtual is growing blurrier by the day. That’s why it’s important for parents to have a good understanding of boundaries for your family. There are few topics that provide parents with as many questions or worries like technology can. … Continue reading What Parents Should Know about the Metaverse
Roe Finally Did Go. Now, How Can Teens Have Conversations about Abortion and Pro-Life Topics?
You want to train your teen to have thoughtful conversations on difficult cultural topics. One marked by compassion and kindness. Overturning Roe v. Wade is the result of a nearly 50-year effort committed to a singular outcome – protecting the lives of preborn humans. Without debate, this decision will carry profound political, social, and personal … Continue reading Roe Finally Did Go. Now, How Can Teens Have Conversations about Abortion and Pro-Life Topics?
Teens and Depression
Jan Kern How do we stand with our teens through this adolescent season of change and emotional upheaval? Amy glanced up from folding towels and T-shirts as her daughter shuffled through the kitchen. She sensed the sadness that weighed her daughter down, drooping her shoulders and erasing her usually easy smile. Amy’s heart sank. It … Continue reading Teens and Depression
Teen Group Dates Can Be Fun
Margot Starbuck Snacks, sodas and sand dunes are just a few ways to make teen group dating a wholly enjoyable experience this summer “We had so much fun!” I raved to my mom, though I still smelled like coconut suntan lotion after our teen group date. That morning, my friends and I had packed PB&J … Continue reading Teen Group Dates Can Be Fun
Helping Teens With Anxiety
By Carol Cuppy Photo by Alex Green from Pexels Here are several ways to help our teens change their anxious thinking habits and lead them toward a healthier mindset. Donna watched as her teenage daughter, Emma, paced the gate area at the airport. The flight from Iowa to California was an hour away, and, up … Continue reading Helping Teens With Anxiety
Understanding and Encouraging Opposite-Sex Friendships
By John Trent Photo by Kindel Media from Pexels While there are challenges to opposite-gender friendships, there are also genuine benefits if you position your son or daughter to have these types of friendships. Imagine this: You and your son are walking up to the door of a friend’s house. Both of you are excited … Continue reading Understanding and Encouraging Opposite-Sex Friendships
Understanding the Myths of Gender Identity and Transgenderism
By Glenn T. Stanton Male and female are not what we feel we are, but what we actually are. Help your kids sort the truth from fiction regarding transgenderism because transgenderism doesn't physically exist. Your child comes home from school one day, and you ask how the day went. However, you weren’t expecting a discussion … Continue reading Understanding the Myths of Gender Identity and Transgenderism
Navigating Dark Themes in Literature – How to Guide Your Kids
By Jackson Greer Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Even though your kid might be assigned a book with dark themes, there is hope for guiding them along in their journey. When it comes to books, how dark is too dark? It’s no secret that dark themes permeate culture, and literature is hardly an exception. … Continue reading Navigating Dark Themes in Literature – How to Guide Your Kids
Forget “The Talk,” Mama Bears. It’s all about Discipleship
by Amy Davison Photo by Dick Scholten from Pexels A few weeks back, our Facebook page had a flurry of comments suggesting great sources to use when you have “the talk” with your kiddos. (And our executive director, Lindsey, just had this exact conversation with her oldest girls, so trust us when we at Team … Continue reading Forget “The Talk,” Mama Bears. It’s all about Discipleship
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