Let Conflict Come

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Change is tough. And, usually, change creates all kinds of conflict.

God has called you, as a parent, to work toward better things for your family… even if that means instigating stuff that makes your kids uncomfortable. You’re standing for the good, honorable and necessary things that will make your home a better place to live in today… and years into the future. In fact… your decisions may even impact the family for generations!

So… let the conflict come. I’d even encourage you to embrace conflict. Bring it on! It’s a sign that real change is happening!

You have the power to point your family in the right direction. So, be encouraged, mom or dad… God’s working through you… even in the conflict!

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Give Up Worrying

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Matthew 6:27 says, Can any of you add a single hour to the span of your life by worrying?

Well, let’s be honest. No matter how hard we try …it’s really hard not to worry about your kids. Especially when they’re acting out in unacceptable ways. It’s scary to watch your child choose the wrong things, and struggle as a result.

But part of the reason God may allow your child to struggle through some things is to teach you to believe that He is in control. And that you can trust Him.

Here’s another verse for you. Jeremiah 17 says … Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord… for he will be like a tree planted by the water… and will not fear when the heat comes. Its leaves will be green and it will not be anxious in a year of drought.

Do you find yourself weary from worry? Relax. God can be trusted.

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WEEKEND: When Your Teens Show Little Remorse

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Student Story: Kaitlyn

It’s hard to love a teenager who challenges our boundaries and pushes our buttons. But what about when he crosses the line—and doesn’t even regret it? This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston helps moms and dads respond appropriately to rebellious teens that don’t seem sorry.

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Changing Directions

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Some years ago at the residential counseling center for troubled teens… called Heartlight… we helped a girl through some particularly tough issues.

After a lot of hard work and the unconditional love of her parents, she was able to move on to a new life with both joy and celebration. And just recently, I tearfully watched her say her wedding vows. The bride wore a ring on both hands… one that we gave her to represent victory in her personal life… and her new wedding band.

At a special moment, she said to me, “I wouldn’t have my wedding ring without first having the ring you gave me.”

It’s a reminder that a teen’s future isn’t cast in stone. It can be steered in the right direction no matter how off course it’s been in the past.

Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Keep believing that your sons and daughters can turn emerge to be all God created them to be.

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A Different World

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

The world our kids live in today is far different from the one you and I grew up in. As kids move into their teen years, they face unimaginable pressure to turn away from the values you’ve worked so hard to instill in their lives.

Raising kids in church, home school or a Christian school is no guarantee they’ll turn out as the godly, refined adult you’re hoping for. In fact… many parents wake up one morning to discover their teen has changed into a person they don’t even know.

Is that your experience? Doing everything “right” …only to find it didn’t work?

Teens today need moms and dads who’re constantly adjusting their parenting style to fit the times. If things aren’t working… don’t keep doing what you’ve always done!

Change it up!

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