When Adults Tattle on Your Kid

With four teens under my roof at the same time, it was not uncommon to have adult “friends” who would tell me something that one of those teens had done that was wrong. I’ve had teachers, leaders, neighbors, and other moms say things like, “Well, if this was my kid I would want to know.” […]

Doing Life From the Platform of Respect

A number of years ago my husband taught a junior high boys small group.  One of the topics that would always come up was how to treat members of the opposite sex.  I remember one of his lines well: “Remember, you don’t know whose wife you are dating.  Treat your girlfriend the way you hope […]

Will Your Teen’s Christmas be Filled with “FOMO”?

Dare 21 - Take time to Listen

Walking through the mall yesterday I was marveling at the beautiful teen voice that penetrated the massive hallways.  Barely able to walk through the throng of people to see who this incredible girl must be, the music stopped and the next set of performers were beginning their dance moves to a different holiday carol.  The […]

How Should I Handle Social Media With My Tweens?

Decisions for the things you Fear

A few weeks ago I got a text from a dear friend.  Her husband had posted a survey question on Facebook. Survey:  who has preteens on Facebook?  I’m not quick to give my son access, but I am curious as to others’ experiences. The minute it was posted, responses began coming in from parents who […]

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 […]