Discussing Depression and Suicide with Your Teen, Part 1

In the wake of the tragic suicide of comedian Robin Williams, the blogosphere and social networking sites are all abuzz. And for every post, comment, or opinion, there are plenty of opposing views, even (or especially?) among Christians. When these kinds of high-profile conversations arise, it’s extremely important that you discuss them with your teen, especially if he or she is going through a rough patch, right now. Without taking sides in … Continue

Teens And Money Management

Ideally, children will learn about money management from their parents. After all, unless a student majors in finance or economics, the finer points of money management are not covered in the classroom. Begin with a stable personal money management system and teach it to children early. Teenagers will always want something; teach them money management by making them earn their next cell phone, iPod or other electronic gadget. Selling Before … Continue

Are Teen Boot Camps a Good Choice?

Teen boot camp and military-style boarding schools are sometimes cited as an effective way to rectify negative behavior in teenagers and set them on the path towards becoming a responsible, independent young adult. However, although popularized by daytime talk shows, teen boot camps have a number of drawbacks that need to be addressed before you decide whether or not this is a smart option for your teen. You might have limited contact with your … Continue

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Discussing Depression and Suicide with Your Teen, Part 1

In the wake of the tragic suicide of comedian Robin Williams, the blogosphere and social networking sites are all abuzz. And for every post, comment, or opinion, there are plenty of opposing views, even (or especially?) among Christians. When these kinds of high-profile conversations arise, it’s extremely important that you discuss them with your teen, […]

Helpful Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

If you are the parent of a teen who has recently started driving or who will be learning to drive soon, then you’re probably worried about turning your teen loose on the road. You’re probably aware that car crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-20 year olds, and it’s your job as a […]

Teen Heroin Use

Heroin is a highly illegal and incredibly dangerous and addictive narcotic. Heroin is a derivative of morphine and is similar in its effects to prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, Vicodin, and codeine. Unlike some drugs, such as marijuana, which are only addictive in a loose and psychological sense, heroin is extremely addictive, both in terms of […]

Be Informed About the Abuse of Legal Drugs

If you think your teen has to meet shady contacts in back alleys in order to be abusing drugs, you’re wrong. Often, teens abuse drugs that are actually legal. They may not even think they are doing anything wrong or dangerous. While some may use over-the-counter or prescription medications as gateway drugs to illegal drug […]

Are Teen Boot Camps a Good Choice?

Teen boot camp and military-style boarding schools are sometimes cited as an effective way to rectify negative behavior in teenagers and set them on the path towards becoming a responsible, independent young adult. However, although popularized by daytime talk shows, teen boot camps have a number of drawbacks that need to be addressed before you […]

The Myth of Control

From eating disorders to self harm, and from an extreme drive for achievement & affirmation from others to relentless anxiety & constant anger, teens in our society can easily learn to classify and even find temporary treatments or ways to manage troublesome behaviors. While some of these issues can stem from physical problems, at the […]

The Giving Life: What All Christians Should Re-Gift (Part 3)

I know the idea of re-gifting seems wise to some, while to others it comes across as ungrateful or tacky. Wherever you land on the spectrum of opinions regarding re-gifting Christmas gifts or the like, I’m pretty sure it’s a practice not clearly discussed in God’s Word. (Wisdom principles might apply if you aren’t cautious […]

Beyond “Because I Said So” (Part 3)

Teens have different needs than younger children, so parenting them means making some transitions. In addition to offering explanations for how you’ve made decisions (Part 1) and fielding their questions (Part 2), it’s important that you provide guided experiences and give constructive feedback. This pattern will help set the stage for your role as mentor, […]