Marijuana Use Actually Declines?

Now that people in Colorado and Washington can smoke weed recreationally, marijuana use should be skyrocketing, right? After all, our kids can now argue that it’s not very harmful. “It’s even legal! What’s the big deal?” Surprise, surprise. Marijuana use has actually dropped a couple notches. I’m referring to University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

12 Questions to Ask Your Teenagers

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?

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

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!

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...]