Church = Acceptance or Judgment?

Seven Ways to Keep Your Tweens and Teens From Walking Away From the Church (Part 4)

Keeping our kids in church through the teen and twenty-something years requires many factors.  Peer friendships, adult community, and relevance to our teen’s world being several pieces to the pie. Finding an accepting environment is also critical in the process. Shaunti Feldhaun’s research  attempted to get into our teen’s head to understand them better.  The information […]

5 Things You Can Ask Yourself if You Have an Angry Teen

Sitting in the counselor’s office with her husband, Renee wondered how they had gotten to the place where they were. Their 13 year old son was filled with anger and resentment and it seemed hopeless that things would change. “Maybe the counselor can give us answers,” she had whispered hopefully to Jason as they were […]

How to Keep Your Kids Connected at Church

Seven Ways to Keep Your Tweens and Teens From Walking Away From the Church (Part 3)

One of the things our family struggled with over the years was trying to keep our kids connected with other kids at church.  Since we didn’t live in the community surrounding our church, our kids didn’t have the opportunity to see other kids who attended unless there was a 30 minute drive involved. We had tried churches […]

Saying ‘No’ to Your Kids — 3 Things to Consider

Saying ‘No’ to our kids is part of parenting–for most of us, it comes with the job description on a daily basis. ‘No’, I’m not buying you a cell phone.  You are only 11! ‘No’, I’m not taking you to your friend’s house right now.  You haven’t finished your homework. ‘No’, you can’t go to […]

Is Church Relevant to Your Teens?

Seven Ways to Keep Your Tweens and Teens From Walking Away From the Church (Part 2)

Do you have teens complaining about attending church?  Are you frustrated at your church youth program for your kid?  Do you question whether you should force your teen to attend church or just let them stay home?  Starting to doubt whether you’ll be successful in passing your faith on to your kids? Recently, I was asked […]

5 Steps to Take When Teens Don’t Respond to Requests

As Beth entered the kitchen area with bags of groceries, she quickly recognized that her son was already home from school. His backpack had landed in the family room chair, his computer set up on the kitchen table with chips and a drink, and papers were in disarray next to the computer. What a mess, […]