Monthly Archives: October 2012

Can I Smash My Daughter’s Cell Phone- PART II

We’ve set guardrails, including some really well thought out cell phone boundaries that should be no problem for our kids to follow. But for some reason they keep pushing the limits. That’s what ‘Dave’ explained to me, asking me for … Continue reading

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Can I Smash My Daughter’s Cell Phone? PART I

Teenage cell phone use… er… misuse is the hot subject on parents’ minds. Teenagers are pushing the limits, and parents are questioning how to respond. My parent workshop last night was no exception. After teaching my workshops, I always enjoy … Continue reading

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Actually Setting Guardrails

“Do you allow your teenagers to download anything they want? Do you check their text messages? Do they have a bedtime?” This week I’ve been writing about the process of setting guardrails, and today is the day I post some … Continue reading

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No Rules by Age 17½

“My kids need guidelines! What rules should I impose?” Not so fast. What good are guardrails if we don’t even know where the road is going? Yesterday I proposed that guardrails are only part of any road taken, and the … Continue reading

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Guardrails Are Only as Good as The Road

This week I’m posting a series in this blog about the guardrails parents need to set along the road of life. After all, I’m asked the same question at every parenting workshop I teach. It usually sounds something like this: … Continue reading

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Will Young People Actually Vote?

In 2008, the answer was a definite “yes.” In 2012… yawn… not so much. No one would deny the impact that young voters had on the 2008 election. Fast Company, in their April 2009 issue, named Facebook’s co-founder Chris Hughes, … Continue reading

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That Was PG-13?

Rock of Ages is yet one more example of why parents shouldn’t offer a blanket “yes” to PG-13 movies. “But mom… the movie doesn’t have any nudity!” Neither does the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition… would you buy it for your … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows

This past weekend Lori and I packed up my girls (Alec had to work) and took them with us to the National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) down in San Diego, about an 8-hour drive south of us. As always, the … Continue reading

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This Weekend at NYWC

Someone recently asked me how long I’ve been teaching workshops at the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC)… and I couldn’t even remember. It was back when NYWC was pretty much the only convention! I mean, I’m no Jim … Continue reading

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Dissecting R-rated Movies Like Looper

“Looper was awesome!” “It’s rated R for sex and violence. I don’t want to watch that trash!” These comments were from two different friends of mine, both dedicated believers. So, who’s right? Or more specifically, is “art” even appropriate when … Continue reading

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