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Parenting Today's Teens (Heartlight Ministries)

  • Which Parent Are You?
    We all portray certain images of parenting, many of which usually hinder rather than help our attempt to raise our kids and encourage them to develop Godly character traits in an oftentimes-godless appearing culture. While you may be overflowing with…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • Picking Up The Broken Pieces of Shattered Trust
    Trust is a valuable and fragile commodity. In the economy of family relationships, trust is both given and received as parents and teens gingerly pass it back and forth. When these trust transactions are handled properly, relationships grow and thriv…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • Heartlight: Help for Troubled Teens
    Parents frantically look for solutions when their teenager displays anger, rebellion, runs away, gets involved in drugs or sex, or otherwise shows self-destructive behavior.  And if things have gotten beyond a parent’s ability to control the chi…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • Teens and Self Control
    Parenting teens is not just about caring for their physical and educational needs. It’s also about training your teen to handle what life will later dish out, with body and soul intact.  It’s about teaching self-control. After all, your child w…
    - 14 days ago, 3 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • When Good Kids Live Dangerously
    On a warm day in September, Penny received a call from her oldest daughter. But what would typically be a light-hearted conversation about the week’s events and happenings was tragically different this time. Mom, it’s about Kyle. Kyle was the bab…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • The Cure for the Diva Syndrome
    Mom and dad, don’t look now, but a dangerous infection might be running rampant in your home. This contagion can infiltrate your life, gain control, and rule your family with sarcasm and incessant demands. Now, you may not recognize this disease at…
    - 21 days ago, 27 Jul 17, 5:00am -
  • The Difference Between Rule-making and Ruling
    Some parents mix the idea of rule-making with ruling their home. Reasonable rulemaking and proper boundaries will help a teenager mature into a confident adult, while living under a “ruler” can lead to frustration, rebellion and eroded self-estee…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Jul 17, 5:00am -
  • A Crash Course In Teen Drug Use
    Maybe you saw the title of this article, and you thought, “Well, this is one I don’t need to read.  My kid would never do drugs!”  I’m not here to frighten you, but if you believe your son or daughter will never be tempted to use harmful s…
    - 28 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:00am -
  • When Nothing is Working
    What if nothing seems to be working to encourage your teenager to head in a better direction? Perhaps you’ve applied consequences to correct their inappropriate behavior, and have progressively taken away many or all of their privileges, but they s…
    - 30 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 5:00am -
  • Recognizing and Preventing “Mean Girls”
    These dangerous creatures tend to run in tight packs.  Using finely tuned senses, they are able to spot vulnerable prey, and once they have their sights set on a target, it is tough to refocus their attention.  With swift ferociousness, they can ea…
    - 35 days ago, 13 Jul 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 -