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Adam was a good kid who came from a Christian home. But when he transformed into a disrespectful, dishonest, and rebellious teen, his parents turned to me for help. Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. When I sat down to talk with Adam, this is what he told me: He was only allowed to watch G-rated movies. He couldn’t wear t-shirts with any insignia of any kind. He couldn’t go out during the week, unless it was for church. He was only allowed to listen to Christian music. And this kid was seventeen years old! Now, Adam’s parents had good intentions. They followed their protective instincts. But their rigid boundaries actually drove their son to rebellion. Are you trying to shield your teen from danger? Train him for the world in which he’ll live … not the world you wish he could live in! The post Shielding From Danger appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.
When teens step out of line, I always encourage parents to uncover the real reason behind their behavior. But in certain circumstances, it’s possible they’re dealing with a good ol’ case of rebellion. Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. If you truly have a rebellious teen on your hands, here’s my encouragement: God has not abandoned you! Even when you don’t see it, He’s at work. And in due time, God’s gonna use everything that’s happening in the life of your teen to bring him or her to a better place. Now, it’s the “due time” part that’s the kicker for us. It could be a month, or it could be twenty years. But however long it takes, don’t underestimate God’s continual involvement in your situation. He hasn’t left you or your teen … and He never will. The post "Good Ol’ Teen Rebellion" appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.
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Remember the old Star Trek TV shows? Back then … the gadgets they used seemed so futuristic and far-fetched. But today, we’re using technology that would even blow Scotty’s mind! Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. Facebook Messenger, Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime … teenagers have more ways to communicate than ever before. But they’re finding it increasingly difficult to connect in their relationships. That’s because all this new communication stuff gets in the way, and kids aren’t developing the old-fashioned tools we learned for having real conversations. We’ve all seen it happen … a group of teens sitting in the same room texting each other … rather than talking! Has technology become your teen’s only mode of communication? Help them put down the mobile device … and practice some good ol’ real- life social interaction.The post Communication Technology appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.
If you or one of your kids has ever played on a sports team, then you know how much work this “recreational activity” can be. Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens. In a way, raising a family is a lot like training for a sport. You have to get up early for practice. You go through the same grueling workout every day. And by the end, you feel mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. Now, don’t get me wrong. Kids can lead to some of the most joyful moments in life. But you’re training for the win … for the victory on the other side of the test. And hardship is part of the package deal. So if your son or daughter is struggling right now … don’t back down. This is exactly what you’ve been training for!The post Spring Training appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.
Time for a pop quiz: Children need to be corrected every time they make a mistake. True or false?Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens.[buzzing sound] False!Kids mess up all the time. And when they’re young, it’s appropriate for parents to correct and inform them. But as they become adults, it’s better to take a step back and let their own choices, good or bad, speak for themselves.Hey, I know how hard it is to stand on the sidelines while your teen makes a bad decision. But a day comes when they realize the values you instilled in them are like seeds in fresh soil.Look at it this way: If you till the earth all the time, you’ll never get a harvest. At some point, you need to step back … and let the seeds you’ve sown grow.The post Constant Correction appeared first on Heartlight Ministries.
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