Category Archives: Youth Culture

Are Today’s Teens Taking Less Risks?

Are kids having more sex than years prior? Are kids smoking more or less pot? What about texting and driving? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released their brand new Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a study released every other … Continue reading

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I want the truth… kind of

In 1992 Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson gave incredible performances in the riveting movie, A Few Good Men. In their memorable exchange, Nicholson’s character Col. Nathan Jessup barked out a line so profound that it made it into the AFI’s … Continue reading

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SNL Mocks Christian Films

Saturday Night Live (SNL) has been poking fun at Christians for years. The question I want to ask is: is there any validity to their jesting? Or more importantly, can we learn anything from it? A few weeks ago SNL … Continue reading

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Dialoguing About Gender Identity

There’s been a lot of buzz about gender identity recently, and young people are taking note. The question is… what are they resolving as true? I stumbled on two very helpful resources in the past few weeks that provide really … Continue reading

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Netflix Binging

And how we can use Netflix to connect with our kids It’s funny how the proliferation of mobile devices is actually changing the way young people watch entertainment. One of the biggest changes is video streaming. Think about it. At … Continue reading

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Today’s Teens Compared to Yesterday’s Teens

Would you guess today’s young people are drinking more or less alcohol than you when you were a teenager? What about drugs? More or less? Sex? Smoking? Last week Vox.com released an article with a title saying, “Today’s teens have … Continue reading

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What age is too early?

When is it to early to talk with our kids about sex? This morning I received the following question from a concerned parent: Dear Jonathan, A few days ago my 8-year-old son was playing on a playground when another elementary-aged … Continue reading

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Parenting Advice from Mom of Columbine Killer

Tonight at 10PM ABC’s Diane Sawyer will be interviewing Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. If you’re a parent, do not miss this interview. I’m fascinated by this interview, not only as a student of youth culture whose … Continue reading

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The Sex Talk Your Kids Hear Every Day

Your kids hear sex talks every day. The question is, are you the one giving the talk? It happens every time I bring up the subject of sex around parents. Parents always say, “Oh, I had that talk with Taylor … Continue reading

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Sex and Valentines Day

Valentines Day is rapidly approaching, romance is in the air, and there’s no better time to talk with today’s young people about sexual intimacy, specifically the “sexpectations” that many young people face around this holiday. Don’t worry, we’ve got some … Continue reading

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