Category Archives: Youth Culture

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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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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When teasing goes too far

Do your kids resonate with 13 Reasons Why? Do they ever feel, or have any friends who feel bullied, teased, mocked, or pushed too far? My longtime blog readers might remember me talking about a book I have been writing … 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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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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Social media making kids less “social”

My friend Ryan brought this YouTube video to my attention… a creative insight into how social media is making us less “social.” It’s super short, incredibly insightful… and guarantied to provoke conversation. Continue Reading

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Engaging kids in conversations about “Stranger Things”

No, we don’t expect moms and dads to sit their kids down and teach them a lesson. Far from it. What we hope to provide parents with is a loose guide towards meaningful dialogue including sample questions they might ask. Continue Reading

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