Conversations Between Parents and Teenagers by Susan Oh Cha

Preparing to converse: at baseline Photo by cottonbro from Pexels If you’re a parent, you might recognize the following scripts: Parent: How was your day? Teen: Fine (as he walks off to his room). Parent: Who are you texting? Teen: No one (as she continues to look down and type). Parent: (After observing her teen … Continue reading Conversations Between Parents and Teenagers by Susan Oh Cha

The only six words parents need to say to their kids about sports—or any performance by Brad M. Griffin

I tend to be a disgruntled sports parent. I get concerned about the ways our culture obsesses about young people’s performance. It only takes a walk to a local park to witness the myriad of parental anxiety and dysfunction that plays out on the sidelines. Sports have such potential to build character, perseverance, and skill. … Continue reading The only six words parents need to say to their kids about sports—or any performance by Brad M. Griffin

The Other Home: When Kids Change Their Minds

By Tez Brooks How one couple trusted God when their teenager decided to live with the other parent When Christine and I got married, she already loved my teen daughter, Sarah. Although Sarah lived with my ex-wife, she and Christine spent plenty of time with each other. We were her other home. But just a few … Continue reading The Other Home: When Kids Change Their Minds

Help Your Kids Love People of Different Cultures

By Dr. David Ireland Photo by cottonbro from Pexels One of the greatest legacies you can leave your children is the gift of cross-cultural confidence and competency. The journey will not only transform their hopes and goals, but the way they live and love. How do you teach your kids to love people of different … Continue reading Help Your Kids Love People of Different Cultures

Parenting Young Adults: Boundaries and Limits

By Joannie DeBrito, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT Photo by Creative Vix from Pexels Discussing boundaries and limits with your adult children will contribute to the good health of your relationship and minimize conflicts in the home. Recently, my husband and I were having dinner with another couple. At one point in the conversation, they mentioned that every family … Continue reading Parenting Young Adults: Boundaries and Limits

4 Tips for Parents Talking to Kids About the News

By Tami DeVine Photo by Polina Zimmerman from Pexels The news can often terrify children. As a parent, you can help your kids sort through news stories they might see on TV. Watching the news these days can feel pretty overwhelming. Those who still get their news from a televised news broadcast (as opposed to … Continue reading 4 Tips for Parents Talking to Kids About the News

Two Secret Weapons – Help for Anxiety Part 4

Photo by Daria Obymaha from Pexels Go to part 1 of the Anxiety series here: Anxiety is a difficult problem in anyone’s life. Parents’ hearts go out to their children who suffer from emotional overload, racing thoughts, and continual feelings of unrest because of anxiety. That’s not what childhood is supposed to be like. In … Continue reading Two Secret Weapons – Help for Anxiety Part 4

The Suitcase Idea – Help for Anxiety Part 3

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels If you haven’t read Part 1 go here: God didn’t create our hearts big enough to hold all of the worries and concerns about life. For those who are concerned about the future, he said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day … Continue reading The Suitcase Idea – Help for Anxiety Part 3

Three Spiritual Truths That Empower Children – Help for Anxiety Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1 go here: An understanding of how God made a person can provide extremely helpful tools for managing anxiety. The following truths alone, or in combination, can have a powerful effect on a child’s emotional state. Spiritual solutions for emotional challenges usually provide the deepest change. One problem, however, is … Continue reading Three Spiritual Truths That Empower Children – Help for Anxiety Part 2

Two Quick-Fix Anxiety Solutions That Usually Don’t Work, Help for Anxiety Part 1

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels https://thrivingkidsconnection.com/two-quick-fix-anxiety-solutions-that-usually-dont-work/ The following is Part 1 of a 5-Part series on addressing anxiety in children and young people. Anxiety in children can be complex. Several factors often cause children to experience abnormally high feelings of being upset or unsettled about life. Horrible feelings in one’s chest, throat, or stomach … Continue reading Two Quick-Fix Anxiety Solutions That Usually Don’t Work, Help for Anxiety Part 1