How to avoid over drafting your teenager’s emotional bank account

Written by Judy McCarver Photo by NEOSiAM 2020 from Pexels I have three young adult daughters, ages twenty, twenty-one, and twenty-three.  By all appearances, they seem to be on a productive and functional path to adulthood. Perhaps this is due to a lot of hard parenting work, but even more, it is by the grace … Continue reading How to avoid over drafting your teenager’s emotional bank account

Raise your children to be independent: It’s OK if its hard

Written by Lisa Tyson The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our nation’s hard fought victory over Great Britain, ultimately allowing us the freedoms we enjoy today. The Revolutionary War lasted for seven long years. It’s end result, after victories and defeats on both sides, was complete independence for the colonists. A personal … Continue reading Raise your children to be independent: It’s OK if its hard

Teen Attitudes and Body Language

By Jill Savage Photo by Sandevil Sandhya from Pexels Our teens are quickly growing into the adults they will become. Help them respond respectfully, not emotionally. “Will you please empty the dishwasher?” I asked my 15-year-old son one afternoon after school. By the response I got, you would have thought I’d asked the boy to … Continue reading Teen Attitudes and Body Language

4 Powerful Ways to Love Your Teens and Help Them Like You Back (Maybe)

By Jessie Minassian Mother and teenage daughter having an argument Invest in your relationship, not only to keep you from regret, but to also give your teens a solid footing for their lives ahead    Listen to a broadcast about teens with Jessie Minassian. An eye roll (or 20). A smashed bumper. Indifference and disrespect. Eating … Continue reading 4 Powerful Ways to Love Your Teens and Help Them Like You Back (Maybe)

How to Talk to a Reluctant Teen

By Focus on the Family Six ideas for starting conversations with reluctant teens How do you start a conversation with a reluctant teen? Here are six ideas to try. 1. Talk about a “neutral” issue. Not every conversation has to be about feelings and relationships. Read a book and discuss the choices the characters made. … Continue reading How to Talk to a Reluctant Teen

Sticking With Your Teen: Having to Say You’re Sorry

By Focus on the Family Design vector created by macrovector - http://www.freepik.com The most powerful words we can say to our kids ("I'm sorry") are also the most humbling - and sometimes the most painful. “I’m sorry. What I did was wrong.” Those words are rarely heard by anyone. They are heard even less by … Continue reading Sticking With Your Teen: Having to Say You’re Sorry

Thoughts Between Potty Training and Life360

Written by Cynthia Yanof Photo by JESHOOTS.com from Pexels Our oldest got her driver’s license recently and is navigating the roads on her own. It’s fairly gut-wrenching when you spend your whole life trying to keep your precious babies safe, and, one day, with a casual wave, they drive off to school leaving you standing … Continue reading Thoughts Between Potty Training and Life360

If Your Teen Has Broken Your Heart

Written by Paige Mayhew Photo by NEOSiAM 2020 from Pexels Heartbreak.  Of all the things on my “no fun” list, heartbreak sure takes a top spot.  I was reminded of the intensity of teenage love and heartache during a recent conversation with a momma friend. We chuckled and grimaced as we swapped stories. In those … Continue reading If Your Teen Has Broken Your Heart