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Parenting Today's Teens (Heartlight Ministries)

  • Regaining Balance When a Teen is Spinning Out of Control
    For parents, there is no worse feeling than watching your child spin out of control, while nothing you do seems to make any difference. If your teenager’s behavior is giving you feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and fear, I would like to offe…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 5:00am -
  • Questions Adopted Teens Struggle to Answer
    While some parents suffer through hours of physical labor, other moms and dads agonize through months of legal labor to receive a child. After a long period of signing papers, worrying through interviews, and trying to wait patiently, the day finally…
    - 13 days ago, 3 Jul 18, 5:00am -
  • Learning to Shift Your Parenting Style
      Do you allow your teenager to make mistakes? Or do you protect him from that? Think about it — if you hadn’t learned from your own mistakes, how would you know what it means to make one? And if you prevent your teen from making mistakes, how e…
    - 20 days ago, 26 Jun 18, 5:17am -
  • Forgiving Our Teens
    A friend of mine was walking back from the supermarket to his car, with arms full of groceries, when he noticed a gigantic dent on the passenger door of his car. It didn’t take an investigative reporter to see what had happened. Someone had parked…
    - 27 days ago, 19 Jun 18, 5:42am -
  • Entering Our Teens Cultural Arena
    If you have teens in the house, no doubt you’ve heard mention of The Hunger Games. It’s a trilogy of young adult books that takes place in a future dystopia, where the totalitarian government rules over a beleaguered world with an iron first. In…
    - 34 days ago, 12 Jun 18, 5:59am -
  • Your Teen’s Emerging Identity
    My wife and I just bought forty acres of property for a short term facility ministering to teens who don’t need a year long stay at Heartlight, but do need to spend some time away from mom and dad to sort through issues. The first item on my agenda…
    - 41 days ago, 5 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • Stepfamily Struggles
    If you’re from my generation you’ll remember the song that started… “Here’s a story / of a lovely lady / who was bringing up three very lovely girls…” Most of us could probably sing the rest of the song by memory. The “Brady Bunch”…
    - 48 days ago, 29 May 18, 6:00am -
  • When Parents Feel Like Failures
    Show me someone who is perfect, and I’ll show you someone who is putting up a really good front. On every person’s résumé of life there are always a few disappointments. Things we should have done, but didn’t. Things we shouldn’t have done,…
    - 55 days ago, 22 May 18, 5:00am -
  • When Teen Anger Burns Bright
    In the right context, fire is helpful.  It can warm a house, cook your s’mores, even act as a signal for rescuers should you get lost in the woods somehow.  But left unattended, even a small flame can easily turn into a devastating disaster, rava…
    - 62 days ago, 15 May 18, 5:00am -
  • When Church Becomes a Chore

    - 69 days ago, 8 May 18, 5:00am -

Parenting My Teen

  • 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 -