Category Archives: Youth Culture

From SnapChat to Tappy

It’s called Tappy. It’s the newest app acquired by Tinder, and the buzz is that it’s Instagram meets Snapchat. The conversation begins with a photo, and then becomes chat. All messages disappear after 24 hours. It’s everything young people want: … Continue reading

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What Teens Want to Read

I always find it intriguing to see what forms of entertainment today’s young people are digesting in our culture. For most of us, that brings to mind the newest Vine video, social media app, or Nicki Minaj song in the … Continue reading

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The Dark Undercurrents of Bullying

I’ve been taking time off work for a few weeks during Christmas break to not only spend as much time as possible with my family, but also to finish writing my first fiction novel, a story about a school shooting … Continue reading

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You May be Addicted to Your Smartphone If…

Amy Williams just wrote a fascinating guest post about teen smartphone addiction for our Parenting Help column on TheSource4Parents.com this week. For those of you who are a little more visual, here’s her infographic: You may be addicted to your … Continue reading

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5 Ideas to Help Your Kids be Smarter Than Their Smartphone

Last night my wife and I saw a friend at a Christmas party who I hadn’t seen in months… at least face-to-face. But immediately I complimented her on her Thanksgiving decorations and asked how her daughter’s b-day party was last … Continue reading

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Reducing Teen Sexual Activity

In a world where 64% of high school seniors have already engaged in sexual intercourse, most parents would welcome programs or information helping reduce teen sexual activity. But there lies the debate. What actually works? Planned Parenthood claims to have … Continue reading

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My TV Interview about Sex

Today I’m being filmed for a Canadian TV show- a Christian talk show. We’re filming several segments about my upcoming book to parents, More Than Just the Talk (coming this February/March), and then some bit on how to open the … Continue reading

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Curb Your Phone Addiction

Do your kids spend too much time on their phones? Do YOU spend too much time on your phone? Wanna app that will help you see exactly how much time you’re on your phone? I think many people are becoming … Continue reading

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Zombie Senior Retreat

I’ve been speaking at camps for almost 20 years, and I gotta admit… this is a first! I received a call this summer from a camp director of a big camp in TX and he told me, “I’d like you … Continue reading

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I’ll go as a slut

Remember when Halloween costumes were as simple as a cowboy hat and boots, or a sheet with holes poked in it? Today it’s not that simple. And if you’re a female the pressure is on… the burden to be sexy. … Continue reading

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