Mass Communication

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Teens today are experts in the art of mass communication. But they tend to come up short on truly connecting.

From Facebook and Twitter … to Instagram and Snapchat, today’s generation has every tool imaginable at their fingertips for communicating with peers. They can barely go five minutes without telling the whole world about what they’re eating … or where they’re going with their friends. But you and I both know that this form of one-way communication falls painfully short of meaningful conversation.

So Mom, Dad … turn off the cell phone … close the laptop … and teach your teen the dying art of connecting face-to-face!

No amount of “likes” or “followers” can replace the joy of true relationship. Sit down and engage in meaningful conversation with your teen.

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Be Consistent!

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Recently, I asked over three-thousand parents what they would do differently if they could raise their kids all over again. Can you guess the number one response?

Parents told me … “I’d be more consistent!”

Hey, I understand why a lot of parents feel uncomfortable with disciplining their kids. Maybe it makes them feel like their totalitarian mom or dad … or they’re worried that it’ll harm their relationship. But believe me—and the thousands of other experienced parents—your lack of consistency can cause damage to your kids.

So Mom … Dad … don’t repeat the mistake of those who’ve gone before you! Quit playing “good cop, bad cop” … or letting your teen off the hook.

Now’s the time to step up your game … and work as a team to be consistent.

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WEEKEND: Depression and Anxiety in Teens

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Guest: Shannae Anderson

Teens today are under an incredible amount of pressure to do well in school, sports, and other activities. But sometimes, the need to perform becomes too much to handle. On this weekend edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston helps parents spot the warning signs of growing anxiety in teens.

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Hope for the Future

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

When your teen is struggling … it’s easy to start losing hope for a better future.

Maybe your daughter hasn’t spoken to you in weeks. Maybe your son just came home drunk for the second time this month. I don’t know what crisis you’re dealing with today. But I do know this: God can use any conflict or struggle to bring about positive change.

Galatians 6, verse 9 says this: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

We may never know exactly how or when our struggles will end. But until then, we can continue to trust in the One who promises turn our ashes into beauty … and make all things work together for good.

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Parent GPS

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

I can remember when I bought my very first GPS. Wow! And to this day, I think the GPS may be man’s greatest accomplishment since the invention of the wheel.

I don’t know where I’d be without a navigation system in my car … or an app on my phone. It always knows right where I am. It never judges my ability … or inability … to navigate. And more importantly, it knows how to get me where I need to go.

Likewise, parents need to be like a GPS in the life of their teenager. When your teen begins to strike out on his own, he’s bound to get lost a few times. So when he does, be ready to hold back the judgment … reach out in love … and gently guide him back home.

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