Category Archives: Parenting

Stop dwelling on past mistakes

The interview provides good news for parents. We’ve all made mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up, ask, “How can I learn from this? How can I make changes? Lets stop dwelling on the past and let’s look at the future.” Continue Reading

Posted in Parenting, TV, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free 7-week Parenting Curriculum

Many of you have been asking me about the free 7-week parenting curriculum I announced on social media last month. It’s here! Continue Reading

Posted in Books, Parenting, Smartphones/Cell Phones | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Discussion Ideas, Entertainment Media, Internet, Movies, Parenting, Self Image, TV, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Alone

What if he had a coach he could talk with about that? What if he had an uncle? A youth pastor? His best friend’s dad? His small group leader? What if he had ALL of those mentors in his life? Continue Reading

Posted in Church, Parenting, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

When Teens Doubt

I hear her pain, and in response to her and the countless others who keep asking the same question, we are doing a two week series on the topic… Continue Reading

Posted in Church, Faith, Family, Parenting, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where kids actually adopt their values

We can buy every porn filter, phone monitoring software, router based filtering systems… or even ban our kids from all entertainment media! But if they have friends, play sports, or go to school (yes, even Christian schools)… they will be exposed to enticing imagery and ideas. All the parental controls in the world aren’t substitutes for conversations about truth. Continue Reading

Posted in Faith, Jonathan's Rant, Parenting, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Porn in plain sight

One of the first online articles I saw was titled, “My Hookup With a Pop Star.” Apparently every Wednesday Cosmo posts an excerpt from what they call an “exceptional Wettpad fictional story.” What I didn’t realize is that I would be reading porn. And no, I’m not just using that word to describe something a little bit sensual, I really mean it in the true sense of the word. The story described the play by play of a sexual encounter in explicit detail. Continue Reading

Posted in Parenting, Sexuality, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Social Media, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Discussion Ideas, Entertainment Media, Internet, Parenting, TV, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Engaging kids in conversations about “Stranger Things”

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

Posted in Entertainment Media, Music, Parenting, TV, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Your stars

Amazon has it in stock now (14 days before the street date) and I’m asking my readers to simply pop onto Amazon and post a quick review after you read the book. Continue Reading

Posted in Books, Parenting | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Your stars