Category Archives: dynamics of adolescence

Six “Grades” That Are More Important Than English

In my last post, I shared some ideas for helping make homework time a more peaceful and successful part of your family life.  In reflecting upon the importance of academic success for our teens, it occurs to me that there … Continue reading

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Four Simple Steps to Homework Peace

Frustrated with the tension at home with your kids and homework?  Here are four simple steps to help increase the peace, along with your child’s or teen’s personal responsibility and growth: 1.  Insist on a homework area that invites success.  … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Catch Your Kids in the Act!

Whether they like it, or not, our kids need us to watch out for their missteps, so we can give them corrective guidance.  And with the increasing social connections, life opportunities, and freedoms that come with the teenage years, it … Continue reading

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6 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make With Teens & Tech

One of the most fundamental changes in parenting teens in our times is the lightning speed with which new technologies are embraced into and throughout their world.  We are still working on how to handle emerging digital technologies and the … Continue reading

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Three Ways To Set Up A Great School Year For Your Teens

  Another summer break is nearing an end.  Time to get the kids and the whole family back into school rhythm, and hopefully set them up for success as much as possible.  As you do your best to lead your … Continue reading

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7 Rules for Early Adolescent Digital Devices

      My family has officially reached that time where we have made the decision for our young adolescent son to have his own smartphone (after having his own tablet for gaming/YouTube only for a year or two).  For … Continue reading

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Six Great Parenting Opportunities of Pokemon GO

    I’m not sure there has yet been an app that has so immediately caused such a cultural impact as Pokemon GO.  If you haven’t heard of it yet, you probably think I’m kidding or exaggerating.  I’m not.  This … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Bring Me to Your Church, School, or Organization to Speak

Whatever your reasons, I know you are already considering seeking some kind of guidance or encouragement from me – you’re reading my blog post. So, I think it’s safe to assume you (and probably several others you know) could use some inspiration and direction. Given that, here are five reasons to consider bringing me to speak to you and your people in your church, school, or other organizational community. Continue reading

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Six Ways Your Teen Can Invest in a Worthwhile Summer

Sleep until at least midday.  Lay around the house all afternoon using various digital screens, preferably with headphones on to tune out any and all parental input.  Stay up well past midnight interacting with friends via gaming connections or various … Continue reading

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The Wonder Years: Putting My Dissertation Research Into Practice

When I decided to pursue my Doctorate back in the day, I was eager to study the dynamics of family life and entertainment media.  At the time, television was still king, so to speak.  Smart phones and tablets had not … Continue reading

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