Category Archives: Entertainment Media

Why 13 Reasons Why

The show, rated TV-MA, shows very mature content including suicide, rape, sexual situations and foul language. Some experts are concerned the show glamorizes suicide. Others say it’s providing a great opportunity to talk with young people about suicide risk, self-esteem, social media and bullying. Who’s right? Continue Reading

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Social media making kids less “social”

My friend Ryan brought this YouTube video to my attention… a creative insight into how social media is making us less “social.” It’s super short, incredibly insightful… and guarantied to provoke conversation. Continue Reading

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Engaging kids in conversations about “Stranger Things”

No, we don’t expect moms and dads to sit their kids down and teach them a lesson. Far from it. What we hope to provide parents with is a loose guide towards meaningful dialogue including sample questions they might ask. Continue Reading

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Mom, is Chance the Rapper a Christian?

If our kids ask us, “Is Chance a Christian?” you could just respond, “What is a Christian?” Or if you feel like meddling a little bit, maybe ask, “What should I tell Chance if he asks me if you are a Christian?” Continue Reading

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On FOCUS this Friday

This time our topic is balancing bonding and boundaries as a parent, offering parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based off my brand new book If I Had a Parenting Do Over: 7 Vital Changes I’d Make. Continue Reading

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Mixed Feelings about Rowling’s Newest

The message was clear. You either are cool with witchcraft, or you’re Westboro Baptist.

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Ariana Grande upset about being objectified

I’m not in any way endorsing making objectifying comments to women. It’s never tolerable. I’m just arguing that this young man might have poor role models filling his ears most nights, singers whose smooth lyrics offer this kind of wisdom:

Feeling like I wanna rock with your body
And we don’t gotta think ’bout nothin’ Continue Reading

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A Peek Inside the Top Music of 2016

This year there were 11 No. 1’s with break ups and hook ups, drugs and alcohol, musical legends and unknown newbies. 2016’s most popular songs were marked by tremendous diversity in theme, genre, and artists. Continue Reading

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It Ain’t My Fault

If there is no actual truth, what are you gonna tell the young girl who just got her blood test back? “Don’t worry, chlamydia is only true if it’s true for you. Oh… and sorry, but you can’t have children.” Continue Reading

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why STDs are at an unprecedented high

As a guy who has my eyes on these articles every day, I wouldn’t dare suggest one specific cause of this increase in STDs. It’s probably a little messier than that. Sadly, I see a multitude of sources providing misinformation about sexual activity… Continue Reading

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