Category Archives: Parenting

What would you have done?

“Turn around! Now!” That’s what she said, and my dad had no idea what to do. Have you ever noticed that most tough parenting (and grandparenting) decisions aren’t black or white? Think about it. If they were… the choice would … Continue reading

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9 selfies per week

She holds her phone up at a high angle and strikes a sexy pose. “Click.” She inspects the picture. “Nope. Too much arm fat.” She tries again. After four or five tries she captures the image she wants. Now to … Continue reading

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3 Tips to Keeping Connected with Your Kids… without Becoming That Creepy Parent

A brand new study asking U.S. teens and their parents about their social media and mobile app use revealed some intriguing insights, not only about teen’s attitudes about tech, but about how connected… er… disconnected parents really are from their … Continue reading

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MTV Helps Kids Make Sense of the World?

“No art form in the world captures moments like this more powerfully than music. Music helps us make sense of the world. A song can elevate a movement.” -Jussie Smollett of Fox’s Empire, in his speech at the MTV VMA’s, … Continue reading

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Our Empty Nest

This Thursday Lori, Alyssa and I drive 500 miles and drop off Ashley, my youngest, at Vanguard University in SoCal (Alyssa and Ashley in the pic to the right). We’re so excited for her… but it’s weird to think about … Continue reading

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What You Don’t Know about Teens

I always find it interesting to compare articles and studies about today’s youth culture and look for common denominators. Last week, Ypulse posted a noteworthy article about young people titled 5 Things You Don’t Know about Millennials and Teens. That … Continue reading

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PG Porn

Last week as I prepped to talk with parents about their kids’ phones, I browsed through the music video charts and noticed some interesting trends, especially from some of the “child actresses” our daughters grew up recently watching on TV—Demi … Continue reading

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TV Interview

Canadian TV show 100 Huntley Street interviewed me a couple times for their TV show… they posted the first interview earlier this year… and they just released the second interview. Host Maggie John asks me about becoming your kids “Go-to” … Continue reading

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Filtering Rihanna’s BBHMM

Rihanna released a brand new music video this month that is already causing a stir. The world would describe this scandalous video as shrewd marketing. Others, “art”… Me? I call it “selling out.” Regardless, Rihanna knew that the over-the-top violence, … Continue reading

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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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