Lighten Up and Laugh

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting

 

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Literature was never my best subject, but I’ve always been fond of this quote by Oscar Wilde:  “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh … otherwise they’ll kill you!”

When parents ask me how I’ve survived through living with more than 2,600 troubled teens, my answer is always laughter.  It diffuses stress.  It short-circuits anger.  And it provides a healthy way to blow off steam.

Is there tension brewing under your roof today?  Try watching a comedy together as a family.  Find a clean comedian you all enjoy.  Post funny cartoons on the refrigerator.  Text jokes to each other.  Or make fart noises under your armpit, if that’s what it takes to get a chuckle.

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”  So lighten up and laugh!


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Tough Love

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting

 

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Moms and dads have heard that sooner or later, they’ll have to show their teen a little “tough love.”  But what exactly does that mean?

Tough love isn’t making her suffer consequences, or holding her to a strict set of standards.  That approach is actually pretty easy compared to what I believe it really is.

Tough love is loving your teen when she says she hates you.  When she violates the very core of what you’re all about.  When she’s intent on going against what you’ve taught her.  And when she purposely pushes you to your limit and beyond.

I know it’s tough to love someone who’s acting like that.  But trust me when I say your long-term reward will be worth the effort.  Ready to use some “tough love”?


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WEEKEND: Authenticity in Relationship

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting

 

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Relationships thrive when everyone agrees that nobody is perfect. Yet few people like to admit that they have flaws… especially in front of their kids! This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston invites special guest Chuck Swindoll for a discussion on how to be authentic in your relationship with your teen.


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His Thirteen Birthday

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting

 

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Is your child getting close to his thirteenth birthday?  Mom, Dad, get ready for a major shift in parenting!

For the first twelve years of your child’s life, you teach them.  Then, it’s time to train them.  For twelve years, you give them lectures.  Then, you have conversations.  For the first twelve years, you convey information.  Then, you impart wisdom.

As your child becomes a teenager, his needs will change.  He’ll need training, not teaching.  Conversations, not lectures.   Will you adjust your parenting style to meet the demands of each new season?  Or hope that the same old tricks will still work?

Updating your parenting habits may be uncomfortable … and even a little bit painful.  But make this birthday a turning point … for you and your teen!


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400 Weddings

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting

 

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Throughout the course of my life, I’ve attended more than four-hundred weddings.  And after a while, you start to notice some similarities.

At weddings, people are always making speeches.  And in four hundred ceremonies, I’ve never heard a mom stand up and say, “Oh, I love my daughter because she remembers all the things I taught her in life.”  I’ve never seen a bride get up and say, “Mom, remember when you used to correct me all the time?”

But you know what I do hear?  “Mom, Dad, I’m so grateful for the time we spent together.”

Ten years down the road … what will your child say about you?  At the end of the day, they’ll remember the time you spend … more than the words you say.


The Parenting Today’s Teens Radio program recently was awarded the National Religious Broadcaster’s “2014 Program of the Year”.  If you want to find out where the programs airs in “your neck of the woods”, go to www.PareningTodaysTeens.org.