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

Understanding Learning Styles By Lainna Callentine, MD, MEd

Every child has a unique learning style. Parents can help their children succeed in school by understanding their learning styles. Training Up a Child Parenting is one of the hardest tasks we’ll ever face, yet it’s one of the most rewarding callings in life. As a pediatrician, one of the most common questions I am … Continue reading Understanding Learning Styles By Lainna Callentine, MD, MEd

Helping Your Teen Deal With Anxiety

By Jeannie Cunnion When the internal and external voices whisper the lies You're insignificant, You're not enough and You don't measure up, we want our children to know, deep in their souls, that the only One who gets to define them is the One who created them and calls them beloved. I recently overheard two … Continue reading Helping Your Teen Deal With Anxiety