Family Vacations With the Not-So-Excited Teen

As a parent, you realize your golden years with your children are rapidly ending. As children become teenagers, they’ll likely try to assert their independence by asking to go on trips with friends instead of with Mom and Dad or by asking to stay home while the rest of the family goes on vacation. However, […]

Fostering Academic Success at Home: Structuring Study Schedules and Spaces, Part 1

Whether you as a parent are confident or wary about your children’s school, teachers, and the academic state of the union, in general, the most important thing you can do is to foster academic success on the home front. In a landmark 2012 study involving 10,000 students, the findings significantly place importance on your role […]

Stopping Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry occurs between almost every sibling. It may not be an issue in some families, but other families are nearly torn apart by brothers’ and sisters’ hatred for one another. In real life and fiction, no family is perfect. Every parent claims they do not have a favorite child, but sometimes it is hard […]

Teenagers and Stepparents

The reality of divorce in the 21st century has forced many adolescents into awkward stepparent situations. While some teenagers accept their stepparents’ role readily and with little drama, other teens are not so quick to adjust. To ensure that your family makes the transition smoothly, follow the tips below. Introduce it carefully. A new relationship […]

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 […]

Sharing a Bedroom as a Teenager

Teenagers need space. They need their own territory to relax and escape, and they need solitude to complete homework and study for classes. Teenagers crave independence and their own privacy. However, many teenage siblings share a bedroom. Sharing a bedroom can teach cooperation and communication skills, and since everyone should carry these skills in life, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teen Killer Parent Profiles, Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at two of the moral issues that apparently helped lead to some of the recent tragedies related to young teens. There are also some basic beneficial concepts that parents of these teens reject. They Dismiss Basic Disciplines and Accountability When lack of responsibility and accountability meets evil, the results can […]

Where Did Tweens Come From?

Of course, 8-12 year old kids are nothing new, but their identity as a uniquely recognized demographic certainly is. For students of history, it’s not surprising that the term and concept of “adolescents” and “teenagers” is a relatively new invention, too. While adolescents in general were the invention, in some ways, of early nineteenth century […]