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...]

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...]

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...]

Is Respect Earned or Given?

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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

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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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