What Should I Do When My Kid Says, “I’m Not Going to Church?” by Brad M. Griffin

Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels “I’m not going to church.” Perhaps you’ve heard those words in your own home, from the mouth of your teenager. Or maybe you’re a leader who’s heard it from a young person declaring that they’re done with church. We often hear from parents that they aren’t sure what … Continue reading What Should I Do When My Kid Says, “I’m Not Going to Church?” by Brad M. Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

Parenting Isn’t Paint By Numbers

By Connie Albers Photo by Vitória Santos from Pexels As our kids become teens, we’ve already established many of the parenting basics. But the masterpiece isn’t finished, and our role as parents is changing. You want to paint a mural in your room? When my daughter Jeannie was on the cusp of her teen years, … Continue reading Parenting Isn’t Paint By Numbers

Help Your Teen Daughter Get Smart About Dating by Daniel Anderson

Photo by Tirachard Kumtanom from Pexels PREPARING YOUR DAUGHTER FOR FUTURE HAPPINESS It is our job as parents to help our daughters make smart choices about whom to date and to teach them how to identify the difference between the thrill of attraction and the stability of attachment. The ideal time for discussing these issues … Continue reading Help Your Teen Daughter Get Smart About Dating by Daniel Anderson