When Smartphones Distract Study

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The debate about technology is ongoing. Young people overwhelmingly are embracing their smartphones and other screens into every aspect of their life, while Mom and Dad are tempted to scream, “Can you put down that thing for even one minute!!!” Parents, teachers, bosses… even pastors… are being forced to decide whether to embrace this technological [Read More...]

Why All Husbands Should Read Fields’ New Book

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Most men don’t read books on marital advice. In fact, the only way they’ll usually pick something up is if they think it will get them more sex. That’s probably why so many men are reading Doug Fields brand new, 7 Ways to be Her Hero. The book has barely been on the shelves two [Read More...]

Creating ‘FeelSafe’ Moments

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Mom drops off the last kid in the carpool and her 15-year-old slides into the front seat. “Mom, when you were my age, did you ever like a boy and he didn’t like you back?” Many moms would pinch themselves at this moment. For some reason my daughter isn’t staring at her phone… she’s talking [Read More...]

3 Essentials to Talking with Today’s Teens

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This situation isn’t uncommon. A mom sits at dinner with her two disinterested teens, slumped over their plates. She desperately wants to communicate with them, but wonders how she can draw out more than just a shrug of the shoulders or unintelligible grunts. Have you tried talking about poop? NPR posted an article this week, [Read More...]

12 Questions to Ask Your Teenagers

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One of the biggest complaints I’ve been hearing from parents recently is, “My kid won’t talk with me?” Parents want to open windows to meaningful communication in the home… but they can’t seem to get more than one word answers out of their kids. Here’s 12 questions that provoke meaningful conversation. [Read more...]

Smoke Weed, Drink Shots… Why Should I Stop?

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Light up that marijuana, order another round of shots, why would I want to stop partying? That’s the message of a hit song and music video that has crawled to the top of the charts, currently riding in the top 10 of Spotify, Billboard and iTunes. But you’d never know it at first listen. The [Read More...]

Which Listener Are You?

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Two teenagers each sit down in front of an adult in two totally separate venues. In each situation an adult asks questions and the teenager responds. In one of these situations the teenager is freed to express himself and literally can’t stop talking. In the other situation the teenager clams up immediately. What’s the difference? [Read More...]

5 Ways to Wean Teens from Screens

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I’ve rarely met a parent who claims, “I love how much time my kids spend glued to their phones!” Fact is, most the research emerging is revealing the more time kids spend communicating through screens, the more difficult it is for them to communicate face-to-face. Many studies show, young people who are clocking in more [Read More...]


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