Is Planned Parenthood Right?

Planned Parenthood claims to have developed a sex education program cutting the number of sexually active eighth-graders by about 15 percent, which is something many attest to be “far better than abstinence-education programs have managed.” Are they right? About 10 days ago, my friends over at The Youth Culture Report asked me to write a [Read More...]

The Secret to Quality Time with Your Kids

“Dad, do you have to work now, or can you just hang with me?” Let’s be honest. How often does a 17-year-old girl ask to hang out with Dad? Or let me ask a more important question: how often does Dad say “yes”? Well, when my daughter Ashley asked m this question this week, all [Read More...]

Slutty Isn’t Offensive, But Skinny Is

Subway launched a Halloween commercial where a girl objects to her friends eating unhealthy. “You guy’s are eating burgers?!! Halloween is coming. You gotta stay in shape for all the costumes.” Then she comes out modeling a variety of sexy costumes like attractive nurse, spicy red riding hood, hot devil, sassy teacher… And people took [Read More...]

God and The Walking Dead

Last Sunday night over 17 million people gathered around the glow of their TV screens to watch a mishmash of human characters scrape a survival out of a world overrun by the walking dead. The show is aptly titled, The Walking Dead. However, week after week, this zombie infested drama has proven to be less [Read More...]

When Teens Are Addicted to Screens

Teens typically think their smartphone use is reasonable. Parents and teachers, however, think teen smartphone use is out of control! Who is right? That’s the question I just proposed in the brand new blog I’m writing to teenagers every week (the blog is being hosted by that amazing new Faith Happenings site, the new online [Read More...]

How to Avoid Killing Your Arguing Teen

It’s not like my kids want to brawl with me… they just want me to understand that they know EVERYTHING!!! Last month one of my daughters walked into the kitchen to find something to eat. “I bought some of those rolls you like for your sandwiches.” I offered. “Why would I want a sugary roll [Read More...]

When Smartphones Distract Study

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...]

Creating ‘FeelSafe’ Moments

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...]