Keeping Instagram Safe

Should I let my daughter have Instagram? I’m asked that question frequently at my parenting workshops, and it’s no wonder. Almost every teen and tween has the photo-sharing app. If your kid doesn’t… their best friend does. Instagram was the fastest growing smartphone app of 2013’s top 10 Smartphone apps (Nielsen data), growing 66% last [Read More...]

Are You Prepared for the Man God has Planned for You?

My wife made a hugely profound statement the other day.  We had just finished watching a wonderful movie titled, The Pursuit of Happyness.  In the movie Will Smith portrays Chris Gardner, a man who overcomes tremendous odds as a homeless, single father to achieve his goal of bettering his life by becoming a stock broker [Read More...]

Is Respect Earned or Given?

Perhaps I’m just a curmudgeonly old guy now, but it seems to me that people are just not as respectful as they used to be. Much of our culture believes that you do not have any obligation to respect someone unless or until they respect you first. It is a twisted vision of biblical respect. [Read More...]

Spying on Your Teenagers

It’s interesting to observe how different parents feel about ‘spying’ on their kids. In my parenting workshops across the country I always receive at least one question that sounds something like this: “Is it okay for me to have my kids’ passwords and see what they’re doing on social media?” If you asked teenagers, you [Read More...]

Learning from the Beyonce Super Bowl

Young people across the world listened to her music on their phones, they watched her videos on YouTube, and then she performed at the Super Bowl halftime show… and their parents freaked out! When Beyonce began thrusting her hips at the Super Bowl halftime show last February, parents all over America began scurrying their kids [Read More...]

The Songs In Your Kid’s Headphones

Do you know what the number one song on the charts is right now? Do you know what kids are gleaning from this song? I always find it fascinating to discover what young people are listening to in their headphones. Sadly, most parents who interact with their kids about their music only ask, “That’s song’s [Read More...]

The Dangers of Steroids for Boys

Many high school boys are involved in sports programs.  Sports can be a great vehicle to teach young men (and young women) a variety of skills and character traits that will benefit them for a lifetime.  However, in today’s competitive world many young men try to take short cuts to achieve their goals (as modeled [Read More...]

3 Tips To Get Your Teenagers Talking

Here’s a brand new little YouTube clip where I provide adults with 3 simple tools to “Get Your Teenagers Talking.” (click here if you don’t see the embedded clip) [Read more...]


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