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Parenting Today's Teens (Heartlight Ministries)

  • freshEnding Family Chaos – Boundaries
    In the last blog I wrote about the first step in developing a Belief System for Discipline for your home — to identify your basic beliefs. The next important step to avoid family chaos is to evaluate your personal boundaries and how they relate to…
    - 59 mins ago, 22 Jun 17, 5:00am -
  • Ending Family Chaos – Beliefs
    When a teenager doesn’t know what is expected in your home, he does what seems right in his own eyes – and that’s a formula for chaos. A good way to avoid chaos in the teenage years is to establish a system that outlines rules and consequences,…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 5:00am -
  • Prodigal Fathers
    Have you ever considered the father figure in the Parable of the Prodigal to be the focus of that story, not the wayward son? After all, the word “father” is mentioned many more times than the word “son.” A “prodigal” is defined as one w…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 5:00am -
  • Guardian Grandparents
    I know how special grandchildren are. I have three young granddaughters and one grandson, and my heart jumps a beat every time I get to see them. The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is very special. I’ve always said that grandkids…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 5:00am -
  • Deceptions of Teen Drug Use
    When it comes to drug or alcohol use, we parents want to give our kids the benefit of the doubt. But for some kids, there are signs that something is different, and that’s when we should be on our toes. The phrase benefit of the doubt is defined as…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Jun 17, 5:00am -
  • When Your Teen Lies… Like a Rug
    Have you noticed that you never have to teach a toddler how to lie? A baby could have chocolate smeared all over her face and crumbs all over her clothes, but when you ask, “Did you eat that cookie?” your precious two-year-old will put on a bold-…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Jun 17, 5:00am -
  • Do Adopted Kids Have More Problems?
    You may have heard the news story a few years ago – an adoptive family in Tennessee put their 7-year-old Russian-born boy on an unaccompanied one-way flight back to Russia, explaining that he had terrorized their family since coming to live with…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Jun 17, 5:00am -
  • Sharing Your Past With Your Teen
    Parents often worry their teen will learn about their own past mistakes. Perhaps they think their teen will repeat some of those same mistakes if they are revealed.  But I say just the opposite is true. More than ever, kids today are in desperate n…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:00am -
  • Dealing with the Cards You’ve Been Dealt
    At times, life can seem like a fixed card game.  To your right is a neighbor who is holding pocket aces.  Their family is like a Norman Rockwell painting, and they never seem to struggle.  You, on the other hand?  Your family is more like a reali…
    - 28 days ago, 25 May 17, 5:00am -
  • Signs of Drug Use in Teens and Tweens
    If you’ve seen an unexplainable or drastic change in your teenager’s honesty, grades, behavior, attentiveness, or friends, it may not be hormones. It could be that they are experimenting with intoxicating substances that are as close as your kitc…
    - 30 days ago, 23 May 17, 5:00am -

Parenting My Teen

  • Helping Your Teen Succeed in High School
    You know your teen can handle the work, you know your teen knows what to do, yet you watch your teen fall short of meeting a certain educational goal. Many parents have witnessed this over the course of parenting their teens and many parents find it…
    - 16 Aug 15, 10:27pm -
  • Teenagers want parents to be involved in their lives
    (BPT) – Today’s changing social environment and confusing messages about drugs and alcohol may be making it even more difficult for teenagers to get their bearings as they move toward adulthood. That is why it is more important than ever for pare…
    - 21 Feb 15, 2:23am -
  • Teen Anxiety and How to Help
    What is teen Anxiety  – Teen anxiety occurs when a teenagers feel unsure of  themselves or the events that  have taken place in their lives. Anxiety is an unsettled, restless state of mind. The teen experiences emotional distress (sometimes com…
    - 4 Jan 15, 3:48pm -
  • Responsible Smartphone Use for Teenagers
    Teaching teens how to responsibly use their smartphone technology has become a necessary part of parenting. According to the Pew Research Internet Project Teens and Technology 2013 survey, most teens in the United States own cell phones–and that al…
    - 7 Dec 14, 12:01am -
  • Tips On Communicating With Your Teen
    All at once you may discover that you are at a loss for words when it comes to talking to your teen. Just a few years prior, they wanted a bedtime story or a comforting hug to feel that everything was alright. Well, they may decline the former, but t…
    - 15 Nov 14, 9:07pm -
  • How to Support Your LGBT Teen
    The sexual orientation of a teenager is important as they are just discovering themselves. Parents should support their LGBT teens. This is aided by the participation of both parents and teens in LGBT counseling programs as well as support groups. Pa…
    - 28 Mar 14, 4:09pm -
  • Signs of Teenage Depression
    Signs of teenage depression: can you spot them? It is not easy; yet with heightened senses and an open mind, you can see right through your teenager’s heart. Your teenager is an individual in his own right Your baby is now grownup; yet not quite. M…
    - 26 Mar 14, 3:58pm -
  • Quick Tips to Boost Your Teens Confidence
    Many teens suffer through the pain of never feeling good enough. They face pressure to fit into a crowd among their peers. Feelings of inadequacy are the norm for teens, as they are many times unsure of themselves.  Use these tips to help build your…
    - 7 Mar 14, 10:57am -
  • Discipling Teenagers: Consequences and Responsibility
    Discipline is a touchy subject. Any time that a child “goes off the rails” parents believe that they are the cause. In the early years of their lives, your child learned the basics from you. Teenage years are the time when they test their boundar…
    - 5 Mar 14, 6:12pm -
  • Tips on Communicating With Teens
    All at once you may discover that you are at a loss for words when it comes to talking to your teen. Just a few years prior, they wanted a bedtime story or a comforting hug to feel that everything was alright. Well, they may decline the former, but t…
    - 29 Jan 14, 11:21am -