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A few tips for living with ungrateful teenagers

It happens to the best of us.  You’re sailing along, raising a beautiful, compliant child who is a joy in nearly every way.  Suddenly, almost overnight it seems, you’re living with a sullen fiend with a sense of entitlement.  Nothing you do for the child is appreciated, and in fact, he/she just wants more.  You […]

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Underage Dating: The Baby Elephant

There’s a blog post that has gone viral recently, at least in the realm of evangelical Christian circles.  A young woman by the name of Bryana Johnson penned “Underage Dating: The Elephant in the Social Conservative Living-Room“, which encourages parents to disallow dating by their young teens. Johnson’s premise is that underage dating is the […]

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Parent or friend? Be both

I’ve been working on this blog post for a few weeks now.  You see, lately I’m hearing this statement a lot: “You’re the parent, not your child’s friend.” While I certainly disagree with parents who have given up all control of their home in the name of being their child’s “friend”, I also think it […]

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Teen years are awkward enough without parents’ help

A friend posted this video on Facebook this morning, and it set me off. Pep Fest Kissing I find the whole prank disturbing.  For one thing, it appears that some of the these parents were enjoying themselves just a little too much.  These were more than just little pecks on the lips. Also, I am […]

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The Truth About Youth

Oh, the crazy things one will do when allergies keep you from sleeping!  I’m up at an unspeakable hour, reading a 20-page report on what motivates young people and what makes them different from previous generations.  The research was done by McCann Worldgroup and involved 7000 young people from around the world. I’ll post the […]

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Make a coffee date with your teen

A few days ago, I received the following Facebook message from my daughter, as she was uploading PARENtEEN archives onto the website for me: found this in newsletter 19, you should take your own advice  “Take your teenager out for breakfast or lunch once a week. Promise yourself that you won’t use that time to […]

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Beating the back-to-school blues

  Thanks to the help of my awesome website coordinator, Emma Grant, you may have noticed some PARENtEEN archives beginning to show up!  There will be lots more in the days to come, so keep coming back, especially when you find yourself in need of help in a particular area. Emma has been reading through […]

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Things I learned today

Do you desire knowledge?  Are you thirsting for parental wisdom?  My advice is to take a 300 mile road trip with two 14-year-olds, especially if one of them is your daughter.  Here are just a few of the things I learned today:   You don’t “become a fan” of something on Facebook anymore.  You “like” […]

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Just do it

“The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me.”  Psalm 116:6 (NLT) Something happens to us as we get older.  We have experiences or are affected by the experiences of people in our lives.  Innocence gives way to fear, courage gives in to caution, and trust erodes into paranoia. A […]

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8 things parents of teens should never do on Facebook

Most teenagers have come to terms with the fact their parents are now on Facebook, but many would prefer they were not.  Social media sites like MySpace and Facebook originally gave young people a cyber hangout of their own, and now the adults are taking over. Being parents, it is our inherent nature to ruin […]

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