Monthly Archives: April 2014

Asking Right Questions… the Wrong Way

Do your kids open up or clam up when you ask questions? Think about that for a second. Because chances are, you ask questions one of two ways. One approach gets young people talking. The other tactic… they look for … Continue Reading

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The Social Media Irony

(and 5 Ideas to “Socialize” the Socially Isolated) In a world where 4 out of 5 teenagers are social media users, you’d think young people would be growing more… social? Sadly, no. In fact, most research is revealing quite the … Continue Reading

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Brutally Honest Advice to Today’s Guys

A bunch of people have been asking me the story behind my brand new book of brutally honest advice to today’s guys. The truth is… I almost didn’t write it. Last summer my agent called me and said, “I’ve got … Continue Reading

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My Favorite Easter Clip

Easter is just around the corner… some of you are still preparing lessons or discussions, or even looking for ways to engage in meaningful conversations with our kids about the amazing sacrifice Jesus paid for us. Year after year I … Continue Reading

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Bonding or Boundaries PART 2

Last week I wrote a post discussing the two vital ingredients in parenting: bonding and boundaries. Bonding is the side with nurturing and play, where boundaries is structure and discipline. In many parent child relationships, parents seems to sway toward … Continue Reading

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Shy, Teased, Isolated…Teen Killer?

Why? It’s the one question no one can really answer at this moment describing the rampage 16-year-old Alex Hribal embarked on yesterday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. One can only speculate. His attorney is saying he is … Continue Reading

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Bonding or Boundaries

Parenting is hard! I study and write about youth culture and parenting almost every day. It seems so nice and simple when I’m reading articles and typing words on the screen… then my 16-year-old gets home from school! Huge difference … Continue Reading

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Tim Hawkins Greatest Bits

Christian Comedian Tim Hawkins kills me! I first heard him at an event we spoke at together. He had the crowd rolling on the floor! Tim’s really good at helping us laugh at ourselves. Hilarious. In December he put out … Continue Reading

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5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 5

Each day in my blog this week I have given you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. (Click here for Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, or Thursday’s.) My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking … Continue Reading

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5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 4

Each day in my blog this week I’m going to give you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. (Click here for Monday’s, Tuesday’s, or Wednesday’s.) My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking has … Continue Reading

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