Let’s Stop Slapping Negative Labels On Our Teens!

A reminder that it's better to be kind than to be 'right'

“You’re just worthless!” or “Why are you so ungrateful after everything I’ve done for you?” Does either of these statements sound familiar? We may have heard them said to some kids, or maybe they were said to some of us, or, heaven forbid, you might have said them in a moment of weakness. This is […]

How Your Words Can Determine Your Teen’s Destiny

(This is a new and updated version of a previously published article.) “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 ESV. One more. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes […]

How Your Words Can Determine Your Teen’s Destiny

Whether you as a parent use negative speech or positive speech, it can dramatically affect the direction of your teen’s life, and your relationship with him or her. It starts at a very young age and carries through to the teen years. Sadly, sometimes parents who use negative words don’t even realize what they are […]

Why We Should Stop Putting Negative Labels On Teens

It always amazes and saddens me when I hear anyone, especially parents, bad-mouthing teenagers as a group. We are so hypersensitive to stereotyping groups of people in our society, but we think nothing of stereotyping teenagers as “bad.” We describe them as rebellious, stubborn, bratty, ungrateful, head-strong, and even worthless, among other dreadful adjectives. And […]