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Parenting Today's Teens (Heartlight Ministries)

  • The Mundane Moments with Your Teen
    There was a moment in the life of author Brook Adams that reoccurs in many of his writings and stories. It happened early on in his life. Describing this moment in his diary, Brook Adams wrote: “Went fishing with my father—the most wonderful day…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 18, 6:00am -
  • Your Teen In a Seductive World
    Have you looked around lately?  Our kids live in a dangerous generation.  They are constantly bombarded by seductive imagery.  Innocence is threatened at a young age.  And our culture isn’t doing anything to stem the tide.  In fact, it’s pul…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Sep 18, 5:00am -
  • Teens in a Performance Driven Culture
    We live in a performance driven culture. Remember when baseball and football were sports you played in the empty sandlot at the end of the street? Nowadays, parents spend thousands of dollars to make sure even their middle-school kids have all the ri…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Sep 18, 6:00am -
  • Your Teen and Drugs
    When it comes to drugs, we like to think it’s the other kids who are using, and not our own. But according to recent studies, one out of every five teens is abusing alcohol or drugs on a regular basis. Even high school students who aren’t present…
    - 22 days ago, 28 Aug 18, 5:00am -
  • Translating Your Teen’s Text Messages
    Have you ever tried to read your kid’s text messages? It’s like reading a foreign language. It would be easier to read Mandarin than trying to decipher what your teen just texted a friend. There’s a whole dictionary of acronyms and a lexicon of…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Aug 18, 5:00am -
  • Ten Things I Wish My Dad Did Differently, Part 2
    Being a dad is an ever-evolving job. Just when you think you’ve got parenting a middle-schooler down pat, your son or daughter becomes a teenager and you have to learn a whole new set of skills. After all, you can’t parent a teenager the same way…
    - 36 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 6:00am -
  • Ten Things I Wish My Dad Did Differently, Part 1
    Being a dad is difficult job. From the moment you take your sweet baby home, as a father you feel the pressure to strap on a cape and become “super dad”—smarter than a super computer. Stronger than an Olympic weightlifter. Able to solve any pro…
    - 43 days ago, 7 Aug 18, 6:00am -
  • The Power of a Good Question
    Most parents can agree that talking to a teenager sometimes feels like pulling teeth. You try to engage in conversation with your teen, and all you receive in response are grunts, eye-rolls, or one-word answers. You try everything you can to drag inf…
    - 50 days ago, 31 Jul 18, 5:00am -
  • The Effects of the Middle School Years
    Remember that story about the ugly duckling? It’s a good metaphor for a lot of middle schoolers today. Between the time they emerge as little chicks and the time they finally grow into swans, there is that awkward middle period where they are not q…
    - 57 days ago, 24 Jul 18, 5:00am -
  • Your Teen’s Spiritual Journey
    Statistics show that 85% of kids today are leaving the church upon graduation from high school. When I was a teen, I wasn’t brave enough to say: “I don’t wanna to go to church today.” For today’s teen, leaving the church is normal – but n…
    - 64 days ago, 17 Jul 18, 5:00am -

Parenting My Teen

  • Being a Parent to A Teen
    Being a parent is a job that has no breaks. Many say that perhaps it is the greatest responsibility one can face. This is the time when you do not have just yourself to think of and your priorities change. However, many also claim that this is perhap…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Sep 18, 11:11am -
  • Welcome to Parenting My Teen
    Welcome to Parenting My Teen. This is a blog dedicated to mothers, fathers, and guardians who are dealing with this special period of development in their children’s lives. We’ve been through it and we know how exciting, wonderful, and extraordin…
    - 28 Nov 17, 3:46am -