Enjoy a sample chapter of FEAST FOR THIEVES

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Come, enjoy the first chapter of FEAST FOR THIEVES, a fantastic novel everybody’s been talking about. [Read more...]

When Teens Are Addicted to Screens

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Put away your phone… Mom!

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The number one complaint I hear from parents today: “My kid can’t go five minutes without looking at her stupid phone!” This isn’t surprising in a world where about three quarters of teens now have smartphones and are mobile internet users. How can a 16-year-old with 387 Instagram followers possibly go an entire dinner without [Read More...]

Keeping Instagram Safe

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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...]

Spying on Your Teenagers

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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...]


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