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Parenting Today's Teens (Heartlight Ministries)

  • Ten Steps to Maturity for Teenage Boys
    Fifteen is the age when a boy moves into manhood while still holding on to the boyish ways of childhood. It is a time when parents need to be extra vigilant to help him make it through the transition smoothly, and therefore not get stuck at this stag…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:00am -
  • The Adopted Teen’s Quest for Identity
    Adoption is obviously a better alternative to a child languishing “in the system” – living in foster care or an orphanage. That’s why I have worked many years with national and international adoption organizations whose goal is to match need…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 5:00am -
  • Communicating with Teens
    Every parent of a teenager wants to build a strong line of communication with their teen. But sadly, the opposite is most often true. I’d like to share with you some simple tips to improve your communications with your teen. You may wonder what the…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 5:00am -
  • To Tell the Truth
    “A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” -­ Proverbs 26:28 There seems to be an avalanche of dishonesty across all sectors of our society today.  And when kids see dishonesty as a strategy to get ahead — as is…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 5:00am -
  • A Confusing Culture for Teens and Parents
    Most teenagers would love for their parents to get a taste of how confusing this culture is for them.  They face a difficult world and have to process an amazing amount of information and conflicting values every day.  They are overwhelmed on ma…
    - 19 days ago, 7 Sep 17, 5:00am -
  • A False Sense of Maturity
    It’s probably happened to a lot of dads.  Your kid spends his mornings watching you drag yourself to the bathroom mirror, pile some shaving cream in your hand, break out your razor, and start shaving your face.  Soon, your son (or maybe even daug…
    - 21 days ago, 5 Sep 17, 5:00am -
  • What Heals the Damage Caused by Conflict?
    I’ve been confronting kids for 40 years and it wasn’t any easier the last time as it was the first time I challenged or confronted behavior, attitudes, motives, or actions that I thought were unacceptable or inappropriate.  One would think that…
    - 26 days ago, 31 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • Video Games: Making Sure the Controller Doesn’t Control Your Child
    Americans spent more than 10 billion dollars in video game equipment last year. Video game sales have now surpassed sales of both music and movies. What that means is that for millions of kids and young adults, playing video games has moved beyon…
    - 28 days ago, 29 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • The Wrong Crowd

    - 33 days ago, 24 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • Stepfamily Dynamics
    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 story behind…
    - 35 days ago, 22 Aug 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 -