Category Archives: Parenting

Talking with our kids about Katy Perry

Will teen and tween girls be confused with the mixed messages? On one hand Katy is “open 24” and “spread like a buffet”, while in the song Power, she is a “goddess” demanding respect, telling him you “can’t wield my flowers.” Continue Reading

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When teens regret what they post

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were having conversations about these real world situations in advance… instead of doing emergency cleanup afterwards? Continue Reading

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Helpful new free resources

Here’s a few you won’t want to miss, both for parents and youth workers. I’ll start with youth workers… Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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