Category Archives: parenting encouragement

Equipping Your Teen for Dating: 1. Sexual Morals and Guidelines

Talking with our kids and teens about sex and issues related to sexuality can be an uncomfortable and daunting challenge. Uncomfortable for parents. Uncomfortable for teens and preteens. Fine. It can be uncomfortable. But it is far too important an … Continue reading

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Guiding Teens Through Five Major Dating Dynamics

Your teen wants to start dating. But is she/he ready? Are you? Does she know what boundaries she needs to follow? Does he understand how to conduct himself as a gentleman? Have you discussed sexual morals and guidelines? Curfew? Budget? … Continue reading

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Six Things Your Teen Needs To Get Back On Track

1. Specific correction of where they are off-track.  Giving them generalized or vague feedback about how they are “screwing up,” “disappointing you,” “missing the mark,” etc. is not helpful to your daughter or son.  It is unclear, and may even … Continue reading

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Family Inspiration

As parents, we should aim to inspire our kids whenever we can.  It isn’t easy.  It takes purposeful effort.  It takes seizing the right moments.  It often takes discipline.  But our kids, from infants to teens, need our inspiration.  And … Continue reading

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4 Reasons Teens Need Healthy Physical Affection from Parents

My own teenage son is currently 14 and getting closer to looking eye to eye with me every day.  (Seems like he’s grown a foot since we took this pic six or seven months ago.)  My wife and I both … Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Improve Parenting Teamwork

Searching for “parenting” in the books section of Amazon yields a mind-boggling list of over SIXTY THOUSAND results!  There are enough competing opinions and voices out there to make your head spin.  But what if those differing parenting perspectives aren’t … Continue reading

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7 Keys to Healthy Co-Parenting

Parenting kids has become more complex today than ever before.  The digital explosion of entertainment and social media has created layers and layers of options, opportunities, dangers, and decisions that we must navigate as we do our best to love … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Help Your Teen Grow Toward Adulthood

As parents who love our kids, our aim is to raise them to become fully capable and responsible adults who will strive to make a positive impact on the world around them.  Right?  And that sort of theoretical statement sounds … Continue reading

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Parental Celebration

Today’s post is all about celebration.  Enjoy the Kool & the Gang tune playing in your head now.  You’re welcome! I frequently write about things you can do to improve your relationship with your teen, or things you can do … Continue reading

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