Category Archives: Parenting

Andy Stanley on Parenting Middle Schoolers

I love Andy Stanley, and since my passion is to provide parents with good parenting tools… this video is a gold mine! The video is an interview with Andy Stanley about parenting middle schoolers– a great free piece to show … Continue reading

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Was he right?

It’s the most effective question provoking discussion with teenagers. Three simple words: Was he right? Whenever you encounter something debatable or controversial, just ask the question. Don’t lecture. Just ask and be quiet. It gets young people talking and adults … Continue reading

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Somethin’ a lil’ different with my teenagers

We were bored and looking for something to do for the day, something… different. 20+ years as a youth worker, I go back to my youth worker connections when I want to do something fun with my girls and their … Continue reading

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Parents Adapting to Survive

Parenting is hard! Really hard. In fact, if you ever meet a parent who says it’s easy… don’t listen to them. I’m serious. They’re either lying… or they don’t have children. Effective parenting requires a hefty learning curve. In fact, … Continue reading

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A dad’s words giving away his daughter

This was powerful. Wow! I won’t mess it up by talking about it. Just watch this little YouTube clip of a dad’s words as he gave away his daughter in marriage: I’m totally inspired for when I give away my … Continue reading

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4 Free Videos

This month I’ve been busy with interviews, both radio and TV, talking about how caring adults can become young people’s “Go To” person about sex. Sadly, we’re hearing a growing number of stories of kids who were too scared to … Continue reading

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Sex and Screens

Last Friday night I spoke to a group of middle school kids in Cincinnati about sex and screens… here’s a glimpse of how we got the conversation started. The format was fun. I spoke to them first, letting them know … Continue reading

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Today’s Teens and Their Tech

Last week Pew Research’s Amanda Lenhart released their brand new report on Teens, Social Media and Technology, providing us with the newest data on how many kids are actually online, engaging in social media, and using mobile devices. Any parent … Continue reading

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Binging… not Bonding

Conventional wisdom would tell us that the more time we hang with our kids, the better, right? Not so fast. Our new Parenting Help article on TheSource4Parents.com this week reveals some very surprising research that will make parents rethink “quantity … Continue reading

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Getting her to interact for the first time

Do you ever encounter a kid who just won’t seem to engage in spiritual conversations? I just received the following encouraging note from “Josh,” a youth worker who happens to also be a foster dad: I wanted to share with … Continue reading

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