Train Your Kids and Teens to Manage Technology Wisely

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

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

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

What Should I Do When My Kid Says, “I’m Not Going to Church?” by Brad M. Griffin

Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels “I’m not going to church.” Perhaps you’ve heard those words in your own home, from the mouth of your teenager. Or maybe you’re a leader who’s heard it from a young person declaring that they’re done with church. We often hear from parents that they aren’t sure what … Continue reading What Should I Do When My Kid Says, “I’m Not Going to Church?” by Brad M. Griffin

Conversations Between Parents and Teenagers by Susan Oh Cha

Preparing to converse: at baseline Photo by cottonbro from Pexels If you’re a parent, you might recognize the following scripts: Parent: How was your day? Teen: Fine (as he walks off to his room). Parent: Who are you texting? Teen: No one (as she continues to look down and type). Parent: (After observing her teen … Continue reading Conversations Between Parents and Teenagers by Susan Oh Cha

How to avoid over drafting your teenager’s emotional bank account

Written by Judy McCarver Photo by NEOSiAM 2020 from Pexels I have three young adult daughters, ages twenty, twenty-one, and twenty-three.  By all appearances, they seem to be on a productive and functional path to adulthood. Perhaps this is due to a lot of hard parenting work, but even more, it is by the grace … Continue reading How to avoid over drafting your teenager’s emotional bank account

Teen Attitudes and Body Language

By Jill Savage Photo by Sandevil Sandhya from Pexels Our teens are quickly growing into the adults they will become. Help them respond respectfully, not emotionally. “Will you please empty the dishwasher?” I asked my 15-year-old son one afternoon after school. By the response I got, you would have thought I’d asked the boy to … Continue reading Teen Attitudes and Body Language

Sticking With Your Teen: Having to Say You’re Sorry

By Focus on the Family Design vector created by macrovector - http://www.freepik.com The most powerful words we can say to our kids ("I'm sorry") are also the most humbling - and sometimes the most painful. “I’m sorry. What I did was wrong.” Those words are rarely heard by anyone. They are heard even less by … Continue reading Sticking With Your Teen: Having to Say You’re Sorry