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Parenting Today’s Teens is the weekly radio outreach of Heartlight Ministries. Mark Gregston is the founder of Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling program for teens. For over 30 years, Mark has been helping families and teens through the challenges of adolescence. A popular speaker, author and seminar leader, Mark offers biblical insights and practical wisdom for parents wanting a deeper relationship with their teen.

Recent Episodes

Aug 16

Change the World

#2063The famous author Leo Tolstoy once wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world … but no one thinks of changing himself.”Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens.Parents usually come to see me when their family’s in a time of crisis. When relationships aren’t working out. And when things at home desperately need to change.Some parents assume that a few months at the Heartlight residential counseling program is all their teen needs to get back on track. But fairly quickly … they realize that change is a two way street … and parents have just as much work to do as their teens.Mom, Dad … do you wish things were a little different at your house? Before you try to change the world … before you begin to shake down your child … think of how to change yourself.The post Change the World appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.

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Aug 15

Don’t Quit!

#2063It doesn’t matter how good a parent you are. There are forces at work in today’s culture that can send your teen spinning out of control!Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens.Maybe you’ve just gone through a shouting match with your teen … and you’re asking yourself, “What just happened?” Maybe you’ve just discovered something ugly on his computer. Or, maybe you caught your daughter lying to your face.To all of this, two simple words come to mind …When your family’s in chaos … don’t quit!When your teen says he hates you … don’t quit!When it’s 3:00 a.m. … and you have no idea where your teen is … don’t quit!Whatever your situation … remember … God hasn’t overlooked you. Rest in His presence. And never, never, never quit.The post Don’t Quit! appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.

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Aug 14

Give It a Rest

Parents need to spend a little less time nagging … and a little more time creating a peaceful harbor for their kids! Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. When our teens get home from school, we’re like, “You need to do this … and you need to meet this expectation … and this is what we want from you.” And they’re just looking at us going, “Man, can I never get a break?” So here’s my challenge to you this week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday … go ahead and correct your teen. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday … don’t make any negative comments. And Sunday … give it a rest! Push too hard and you will live to regret it! Let your teen breathe! Assure him that under your roof … he will find a safe place to rest. The post Give It a Rest appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.

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Aug 13

Feelings of Failure

If your energetic little boy has become a terror … or your sweet little girl is teetering on the brink of disaster … it’s easy to lose hope. Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. When you’re struggling with a wayward teen, it can feel like your world is turning upside down. Everything you’ve dreamed about has been dashed. It makes you feel like a failure. Well, over the past thirty years, my wife Jan and I have spent countless hours with teens and their parents. We’ve seen God do some incredibly amazing things. And what I’ve learned is this: God is faithful. In the darkness … there is hope. Listen … you maybe feel like a complete failure today … but God still has a plan for your teen and your family … no matter how desperate the situation may seem The post Feelings of Failure appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.

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Aug 12

Punching the Clock

Mom, Dad, trying to empower your teen for a successful future? I’m gonna surprise you with one of the keys! Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. One of the biggest mistakes I see parents making today is keeping their kids too busy with after-school activities. They’ve got no time left for a part-time job! And kids who get their first job after high school can hardly cope with the simple disciplines. Nothing will teach a teen about life and making a livelihood more than punching the clock for a few hours each week. Flippin’ burgers. Or scooping ice cream. An hourly wage will reinforce invaluable skills … like time-management, personal finance, and effective communication. It doesn’t matter whether they need the money or not. Mom, Dad … let your teen get a job! The post Punching the Clock appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.

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Aug 10

Motivating an Unmotivated Teen

Student Story: Lucas | Do you struggle to get your teen to do his homework, help with chores, or get out of the house? You can’t know how to help him until you know what’s behind the behavior. This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston helps parents identify the reasons behind their teens’ lack of motivation and provides action steps for each type of scenario. The post Motivating an Unmotivated Teen appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.

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Aug 9

Grades and Value

When your teen gets home from school, do you typically ask questions like, “Did you finish your homework?” Or “How was the test?” Chances are, you’re totally missing the point! Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. When I was in high school, I didn’t do very well with grades. In fact, I’m embarrassed to admit that I rarely cared about them at all! To most people, though, grades are important … and for a good reason. They’re considered a standard measure of progress … and indicate how a student will perform in the future. Hey, I know that every parent wants to see their kid succeed. But don’t make the mistake of confusing grades with personal value! Relax a little. Let academics take the back seat … and pour your attention into developing a meaningful relationship with your teen. The post Grades and Value appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.

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