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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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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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Teens and Sleep Infographic

Did you know that kids using electronics during bedtime are 200% more likely to be excessively sleepy during the day? Continue Reading

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On FOCUS this Friday

This time our topic is balancing bonding and boundaries as a parent, offering parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based off my brand new book If I Had a Parenting Do Over: 7 Vital Changes I’d Make. Continue Reading

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Social Media Keeping Teens Awake

The phone has become the biggest culprit keeping young people up at night, and an increasing amount of research shows this is affecting their performance at school. What’s the answer? Continue Reading

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Where I Messed Up

So this prompted me to begin asking parents: “If you could go back in time and change one parenting practice, what would you change?” And that’s the question I’ve been asking people over the last year. Continue Reading

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