Category Archives: Parenting

Dad’s Version of “Rude”

Magic’s song “Rude” has been at the top of the charts for over a month now, currently at the No. 1 spot on Billboard, Spotify and iTunes. And now, a parody of the song is going viral on YouTube. Magic’s … Continue reading

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Teen Online Behavior 2014

Last week McAfee released their newest Teens and Screens study to help us understand exactly what our kids are doing online. The report revealed some interesting findings about teens’ online habits. Here are a few observations worth noting: Teenagers Love … Continue reading

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Gimme Your Sex Questions

For the last few months I’ve been writing a book to parents encouraging and equipping them to have candid conversations with their kids about sex. In a world so full of explicit lies, today’s kids need parents who aren’t afraid … Continue reading

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Not My Kid

On Saturday I showed parents a glimpse into the world of today’s youth culture… and on Sunday a mom pulled me aside. “I have to tell you a story.” It’s funny, but whenever I spend a weekend teaching parents at … Continue reading

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I’m working on a brand new Parenting Help article that will be featured on the front page of next week. I thought I’d give you, my blog subscribers, a first peek at it and throw me some feedback. Which … Continue reading

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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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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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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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