What Culture Do You Need to Counter with Your Teens?

Dare # 9

We are all familiar with the warnings that are written to parents about the need to counter the American culture with our kids.  Cell phones, gaming, clothing styles, piercings, tattoos, parties, friend’s, and the amount of freedom we give all come under scrutiny as we try to raise Christian kids in a culture that sometimes goes against […]

3 Things to Consider with Rules and Consequences

Parents often ask me if I think a specific consequence is appropriate for a given situation with their kids.  They wonder if it is too harsh or too lenient or tied enough to the offense.  Inevitably the conversation transpires into the “rules” that have been established and why they are there. The question I typically ask is […]

When Our Teens Are Disrespectful

Setting Boundaries with Our Teens

My friend and I joke about our spiritual gift of driving.  Hauling teens from school or activities can be a great time to connect.  However, sometimes our teens can take advantage of our generosity.  I had a mother share with me recently.   “I just lost it!” she admitted. We role played a different scenario. […]

Want a More Peaceful Home as Your New Year’s Resolution?

5 Things to Consider

As the new year rings in, I’m usually fast to make my new year resolutions.  These usually involve some type of diet, exercise, or other health considerations.  Next in line on that list is typically a project that has sat dormant for years and I resolve to complete it.   Somewhere in the list of […]

Helping Your Tweens and Teens Deal With Those ‘Mean Kids’

Have you ever wished you could put your kids in a bubble until they reached adulthood?  Maybe you’ve felt that if you moved to the middle of nowhere your tweens wouldn’t be hurt or scarred by those ‘mean kids’. There was a time when I thought moving to the middle of nowhere would simplify life — that way […]

How to Teen-Proof Your Marriage

  Yeah, I know! The only way to truly teen-proof your marriage is to never have kids in the first place. But now that they are here, what do you do? Obviously, locking our cute little fourth and fifth graders in their room until they are responsible adults is not an option. The tween and […]