Provoking Conversations with Teenagers

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Provoking teenagers probably isn’t on your to-do list today, but if you’re a parent of a teen, then you would probably give your left arm for a recipe to provoke meaningful conversations with your son or daughter. Here’s a peek at what this actually looks like… [Read more...]

Getting Teenagers Talking

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Let’s face it. It’s not always easy to engage a teenager in meaningful conversation. If you’re a parent of a teen, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But why is it so difficult to get a teen to open up? Probably because we are talking to them about the wrong thing… [Read more...]

5 Parenting Tips You Don’t Typically Hear

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As a parenting author, I’ve seen hundreds of parenting books and read countless articles. Often, they are echoing the same principles. I’m not knocking it… I’ve written numerous articles about the biggies that parents often neglect, like spending more time with your kids. But here are 5 tips you don’t find being taught in the [Read More...]

Dress Like a Slut

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Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.”   -Cady, Mean Girls It’s almost Halloween and the pressure is on for our teen and tween girls—the same pressure they face in the sexual rat race of the [Read More...]

Crazy about The Walking Dead

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Once upon a time there was a comic titled, The Walking Dead. The comic became a TV show… and the TV show exploded into an epidemic. Last Sunday night was the Season 4 premiere of this immensely popular show, and it wasn’t just a handful of comic book nerds watching it. In fact, more viewers [Read More...]

Teaching Our Kids to Kill Prostitutes

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He’s only 12-years old, but Grandma doesn’t know what M-rated means. She just knows this is the video game he’s been talking about for weeks, so she buys it for him. In the solitude of his bedroom, he begins play. Twenty minutes later his character beeps his horn and the prostitute gets in the car. [Read More...]

Six Months of No Rules

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The last 6 months I’ve been conducting a little experiment; but, instead of using rats… I used my daughter. No, I didn’t cage her, send her through a maze and reward her with pellets. I did something a little more drastic in most conservative parenting circles: I freed her from all rules and restrictions at [Read More...]

Kids Hiding Online Behavior from Parents

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“Here’s your iPhone Brandon. Don’t break it.” And that’s all the training and instruction Brandon gets. It’s a sad fact, but most of the parents in America hand their kids devices with Internet access and never give them guidance or boundaries, teaching them discernment. So are kids being responsible with these devices? It’s an assumption [Read More...]


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