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Dear Mom and Dad…

Have you ever drafted a note to somebody when you were really miffed?  Not that you would send it, of course, but the exercise of writing out your thoughts often helps us process through our anger....

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Fighting Fair

Most of us will do anything to avoid a showdown between parent and child.  We don’t like conflict of any kind.  It goes against our nature.  When there’s a flare-up in the home, it’s uncomfortable for...

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Grieving Loss

By definition, loss is difficult.  For a teenager going through a key transition in his life, it can be especially difficult to navigate loss of any kind. At Heartlight, a residential counseling...

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The Four Attitudes of Teenagers

Nothing brings down the mood of your household any quicker than a teen whose outlook has gone south.  A bad attitude.  Stinkin’ thinkin’ can ruin anybody’s day. At some point, every teen drives every...

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Healthy Parents, Healthy Teens

My view from the conference center of the Heartlight campus allowed me to watch as parents starting filing in to drop their kids off.  It’s always an emotional day for moms and dads.  I remember one...

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When Our Dreams Shatter

“Broken dreams are like broken plates: we hang on to them way too long because one day we’ll get around to gluing them back together, but even when you do they don’t look quite right and eventually end...

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Faith at Home

“Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.” ~ Deuteronomy 32:46 I met Rebecca for the...

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Updating Our Parenting Styles

My fashion style hasn’t changed in over thirty years.  I have twenty pairs of identical jeans in my closet.  I have a drawer full of plain t-shirts.  I have suits dating back to the Ford...

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Dealing with Tragedy

It was a beautiful day for a run.  Though the Boston Marathon is by invitation only, the runners assembled were not your superstar athletes, but rather your typical moms, dads, accountants, firemen,...

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Teaching Teens to Struggle Well

Think back for a moment.  When in your life, have you gained the most experience and wisdom?  Was it when things were easy?  Or was it when times were tough?  If you’re anything like me, you grow and...

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Get Into Groups!

The single, most common question parents ask me is, “What is the most important thing I can do as a parent to help my kids?”  Moms and dads who pose this question might expect me to say something like,...

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Growing Up ADD

Stop fidgeting!  Pay attention!  Calm down!   I heard these phrases a lot growing up.  That’s because I had (and still have) ADD.  It stands for Attention Deficit Disorder.  While I might quibble about...

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It’s More Than the Birds and the Bees: Talking to Your Teen About Sex

It’s never a conversation a mom or dad wants to have with their child.  Talking about sex with your teen or pre-teen is uncomfortable for both you and your kid.  There’s a level of embarrassment, a...

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Dousing the Flame: Dealing with Teenager Anger

For Lucas, it started in high school.  “I guess I have a face and personality that invites bullies,” he told me.  Kids in class would ridicule Lucas’ clothes, mock his behavior, laugh at where he came...

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No Quick Fixes for Teen Behavior Problems

I see as many problems surface from the unrealistic expectations of parents of struggling teenagers as I do with the teenagers themselves. In some ways parental issues are tougher to address than a...

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YOU can provide hope for single moms!

Rather than give you a parenting tip today, I’m going to ask you to help someone else develop their parenting skills. Between now and June 30, we have a tremendous opportunity to offer practical help...

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When Teens Shatter Your Dreams

A Discussion with Psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb During a trip with some of our counseling staff to attend the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) Annual Convention in Nashville, our...

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The Teen Spin Cycle

There is nothing worse than living with a teen spinning out of control, and no worse feeling than the hopelessness parents experience in the process. It is difficult to know what to do and how to react...

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Know Pain, Know Gain

If pain were knocking on your door, you wouldn’t welcome him, invite him in, or help him in any way. You would send him to the next neighborhood, reassuring him that he was at the wrong address....

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Modeling Kindness in an Unkind World

Our world is confusing place for kids.  Nearly every day, our sons and daughters are confronted by some form of bullying, disrespect and a complete disregard for authority.  These conflicting elements...

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