Infusing Timeless Values into Today’s Teens

The options available to today’s teens can be both exciting and overwhelming. Instead of going into a rampage on how thankful they should be and what things were like “when I was your age,” parents, teachers, and other mentor adults do well to help educate teens about what’s really important in life and how to […]

Keys to Preventing Underage Drinking

With all the bad news about underage drinking, some good news is refreshing: The minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21 seems to greatly reduce alcohol consumption both among underage youths and among adults of legal age. More action is needed, however, in order to further reduce the instances of underage drinking and their related […]

The Truth of Consequences

The issue of juvenile justice is a hot topic presently, and one that seems to constantly be re-evaluated in the courts. Regardless of whether you believe those under age 18 should face potential sentencing of life in prison or even a death sentence for violent crimes, the fact remains: A person’s actions come with consequences, […]

A Lesson From “The Biggest Loser”

Many parents wish their teens would make changes, but even when teens try, failure is often the result. The popular reality show “The Biggest Loser” really sends an important message home — one that transcends the fitness focus of the show: If your family is truly on board with the changes you’re making, you’re in […]

What Not to Do When Christian Teens Rebel

There are a lot of principles of Scripture showing us and telling us how loving parents respond when their children rebel. You can read many of them here. When parents are confronted with teen rebellion, though, there are typical knee-jerk responses that can do far more harm than good. Before you do anything, make sure […]

When Leaders Falter and Fall: Guiding Your Teen Through Disappointment & Disillusionment (Part 2)

In part 1 of this series, we discussed three profitable places on which to help your teen focus his or her attention during times of disappointment and disillusionment with Christian leaders. Perhaps the leader who’s faltering is you as a parent or another family member. Regardless of the sin or struggle, the situation that threatens […]

When Leaders Falter and Fall: Guiding Your Teen Through Disappointment & Disillusionment (Part 1)

When did it happen for you? You probably remember that moment when you found out your Sunday school teacher struggled with bitterness, your pastor had to resign due to infidelity, or a deacon in your church had committed fraud at his workplace. These people had been your heroes of the faith — right up there […]

Parents: Build Your Teen’s Self-Esteem

Merriam-Webster defines self-esteem as: “a sense of personal worth and ability that is fundamental to an individual’s identity.” Self-esteem greatly develops as a teenager. It builds their character and defines who they are. As a teen grows into adulthood, positivity and self-respect is needed for a teen to gain self- esteem. Many teenagers with lower […]

Imperfect Parents Parenting Imperfect Teenagers

Of course, there are problems with trying to be your teenager’s friend, instead of his or her parent and authority. However, there can also be problems when we (try to) put ourselves up on too much of a pedestal, making ourselves too distant, and coming across as adversaries instead of allies. Let’s take our cue […]

Discussing Depression and Suicide with Your Teen, Part 2

Hopefully, I’ve at least convinced you (see Part 1) to discuss these hard topics with your teen. Now what? What should you say? Before you change your mind or flippantly speak your mind, make sure to keep your audience and your main purpose in view: Your child is at risk for the same kind of […]