Category Archives: Youth Culture

Free Online Training

I constantly receive emails from people who can’t come to one of my training workshops, but wonder if we provide any free online training. I’ve always answered, “Yes!” and provided a link to our Free Training Tools page, which includes … Continue reading

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Dad’s Version of “Rude”

Magic’s song “Rude” has been at the top of the charts for over a month now, currently at the No. 1 spot on Billboard, Spotify and iTunes. And now, a parody of the song is going viral on YouTube. Magic’s … Continue reading

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Kids or Adults?

The biggest complaint I hear from parents is about the amount of time their kids are glued to their entertainment and technology. Kids are glued? Pop Quiz: Which generation watches more TV in America? A.  My 16-year-old daughter? B.  My … Continue reading

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3 Studies I Eagerly Await

As you know, I like to keep my thumb on the pulse of youth culture. (Funny analogy. Does anyone really take someone’s pulse with a thumb?) This means hanging out with teenagers, but also keeping my eyes on research about … Continue reading

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Moving from YOU SHOULD to SHOULD YOU?

I’m working on a brand new Parenting Help article that will be featured on the front page of TheSource4Parents.com next week. I thought I’d give you, my blog subscribers, a first peek at it and throw me some feedback. Which … Continue reading

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The Lonely Road of Doing Whatever You Want

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. This is just one of the 101 pieces of advice I offer to young guys in that book. In … Continue reading

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The Social Media Irony

(and 5 Ideas to “Socialize” the Socially Isolated) In a world where 4 out of 5 teenagers are social media users, you’d think young people would be growing more… social? Sadly, no. In fact, most research is revealing quite the … Continue reading

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Shy, Teased, Isolated…Teen Killer?

Why? It’s the one question no one can really answer at this moment describing the rampage 16-year-old Alex Hribal embarked on yesterday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. One can only speculate. His attorney is saying he is … Continue reading

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5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 2

Each day in my blog this week I’m giving you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. (Click here for yesterday’s.) My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking has 180 conversation springboards that “get … Continue reading

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Keeping Social Media Safe

“Should I allow my 13-year-old to use Twitter?” It happens after every parent workshop I teach. Parents line up with specific questions. “Is Instagram bad? “Should I be worried if I found my teenager using Omegle?” “All my daughter’s friends … Continue reading

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