Your Child Is Turning 13 – The 7 Year Adventure Begins

Revisiting Our Purpose Here

Calm yourselves, mom and dad. Your child is turning 13. I know you’ve heard horror stories about how your sweet little son or daughter is now about to morph into some dreadful monster. A monster known as a teenager. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Those people I love to call the “Prophets […]

The Constant Vigilance Factor – Why You Can Be a Great Parent to Your Teen

You know that feeling. “Can I really do this?” We all ask ourselves this daunting question when we first learn we are going to become parents. Will I be able to handle the responsibility of nurturing another human being for the next roughly two decades? When our first child, Jacquelyn, was born, we were ridiculously […]

Moms! Dads! Lend Them Your Ears

The Lost Art of Listening to Teens

Look out, bad parent alert. Guilty as charged. Occasionally, this blog is going to be self-confessional, and today is one of those times. I am still wallowing in the trenches of learning to be a better parent. Maybe the third child will be the charm. The other day, my daughter Andrea was trying to tell me […]

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 […]

How to Have a Thriving Relationship With Your Teenager

Strive to Thrive Instead of Just Survive

We know we were made for so much more Than ordinary lives It’s time for us to more than just survive We were made to thrive! This excerpt is from the song, “Thrive!” by Casting Crowns. I really love the lyrics to that song. It states what should be an obvious truth – we need […]