I’m Waiting 16: Kids Should Avoid Smoking & Booze, But Not Sex?

[display_podcast] I recently read an article about three conversations parents should have with their kids this year.  In this order:Making smart choices about sex. Building healthy relationships. Avoiding smoking, drugs, and alcohol.We find it interesting that the author thinks that teens should avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol but not sex.No wonder parents often find it difficult to discuss avoiding sexual behavior with their teens.Parents are given messages that t … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 13: Our Choices ALWAYS Come with Consequences, with Ricky Garza

[display_podcast] I have never met anyone in my life who said, “Dang! I wish that I had slept with more people before I got married!” It’s always, “Dang… I wish I had waited”, myself included. Yet, we often receive letters saying that our “I’m Waiting” message is not a healthy message to tell kids today. And I just don’t get it. We ask kids to stay off of alcohol and drugs because if their dangers. We tell them don’t drink and drive because it’s deadly. We tell them don’t smoke because of the … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 11: Angels, Miracles, and a new Dad with Ricky Garza

[display_podcast] This week, we continue our discussion with Ricky Garza.  As a child, his dad was a meth addict and dealer, which caused their family to be evicted over and over again, and bounced his dad in and out of jail repeatedly as well. When Ricky was in middle school, there was a time when his dad was spending a stint at the Vista jailhouse when he had an epiphany.  From behind the bars, his dad could see the houses in the distance and realized that there were families in those homes l … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 12: A Fatherly Role Model & the Decision to Wait, with Ricky Garza

[display_podcast] This week, we continue our discussion with Ricky Garza. Ricky offers his insight on the extreme importance of a father’s role in the house. Study after study reveals that a dad’s role in a cohesive home is actually more important than a mother’s role, since a dad teaches a boy how to be a man and teaches his daughters how to have a relationship with a man, which transcend to healthier adulthoods for both. That being said, it’s no secret that the healthiest family structure is … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 10: Growing Up Is Hard To Do (especially when your dad sells meth) with Ricky Garza

 [display_podcast] I am so excited to have my dear friend, Ricky Garza on this week’s show. Ricky is part of the I’m Waiting team, as we go into local schools and discuss STD education, teen pregnancy, and how the decisions that kids make today will impact the rest of their lives. This seems to be a message that they’re not getting anywhere else these days. In addition to being a key part of our team, Ricky is a doting dad to two little girls, a loving husband to his middle-school sweetheart, a … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 9: Walking Hard with Marvin “Merv” Mattair

[display_podcast] This week, we wrap up our conversation with Marvin “Merv” Mattair and learn about his success in sending his message throughout his community.  Whenever any of us talk about sexual risk avoidance in the public square, we are faced with some of the most odd point of opposition.  Merv was able to overcome that hurdle primarily by communicating to his local school principals that he, just like they, are interested in what is best for the kids in their community.  It’s been proven … [Read more...]


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