Monthly Archives: June 2011

My 13-year-old's Perspective on Selena & Self-Esteem

My 13-year-old Ashley asked me this morning, “Dad, have you seen Selena Gomez’ music video for Who Says?” I told her that I’d noticed the video in the Top 10 on iTunes, but never had taken time to watch it. … Continue reading

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Please Don't Say "Gay"

My daughter’s friend Paige attends a public school and recently had a teacher who came out of the closet. A few weeks after announcing he was gay, the teacher asked a noble request of his students. He worded it like … Continue reading

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Clean Comedy

I really love good standup comedy. The problem today is that most standup is pretty raunchy. It’s hard to find comedians that are appropriate, especially for the entire family. I can only think of a handful of truly great “clean comedians.” … Continue reading

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Do Games Still Work?

It’s summer and a lot of youth workers are on our site searching for fun games and activities. Add to that our fun little game rating and commenting contest we’re having right now where I’m giving away 10 prizes, both … Continue reading

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Sexy Little Girls

I’m a father of two girls. I go shopping with them often. Let me say it simply: It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find modest clothes and bathing suits for my daughters. The fashion world is putting the pressure on, nudging … Continue reading

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Just Comment to Win DVDs and Books

Let’s have us a little contest. I’m gonna throw 10 prizes into this one and make it really simple to win! Here’s the skinny: we just totally revamped our GAMES & ICEBREAKERS page on last week and now we want your … Continue reading

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Communicating with Clarity- USE PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

Ken is a youth worker I met whose gift is NOT speaking. Ken would readily admit this if you asked him. His gifts are much more relational (compassion, hospitality, etc.) But for some reason, Ken insists on trying to write … Continue reading

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Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night"

Katy Perry is at it again, and as always, our kids are paying attention. Katy’s new video for Last Friday Night is already #1 on iTunes and has millions of views on YouTube. This funny but racy video features plenty of popular cameos, drawing … Continue reading

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Communicating with Clarity—USE SMALL GROUP TIME

It’s been fun writing about speaking in this blog for the last couple of weeks. The subject has definitely invited some interesting discussion, most of the “heat” surrounding the topic of  the “length” of our talks. For those of you … Continue reading

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A Clip of Jonathan Speaking to Parents

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to hear me speak live, here’s a quick clip of me speaking to a group of parents about raising media-saturated kids. There are several different clips from this talk on our YouTube page …you … Continue reading

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