Category Archives: Parenting

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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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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