Connecting with Your Teen

Written by Mark Gregston.

Connecting with Your TeenEvery parent of a teenager wants to build a strong line of communication with his or her teen. But sadly, the opposite is most often true. I’d like to share with you some simple tips to improve your communications with your teen.

What’s this Teen “Cutting” Thing?

Written by Mark Gregston.

What’s this Teen “Cutting” Thing?Some young people today live in a world that goes “over the edge.” The “edge” of pain doesn’t stop them in their pursuit of eliminating boredom and creating excitement. Piercing, branding, cutting, tattoos, cosmetic surgery, reality shows, and expressive and permissive movies are now a part of the culture. Some say that kids are more “daring” and “extreme.”  I say they’re numb and dissatisfied…and pain is a way for some to remind themselves that they’re still alive, a comment I hear from a number of cutters.  Sadly, finding a kid who “cuts” (a form of self harm) is pretty common today.  A topic that 20 years was unheard of on the radio or in Christian social circles is the focus of many discussions among parents and commonplace among teens.

Modesty in a Seductive Teen Culture

Written by Mark Gregston.

Modesty in a Seductive Teen CultureI live with 35 high school girls who fully understand the need for modesty, but are challenged to “fit in” to a culture that doesn’t exactly affirm the values they know to be true.  I, as all our staff at Heartlight, face this issue on a daily basis.

The Difference Between Rule-making and Ruling

Written by Mark Gregston.

The Difference Between Rule-making and RulingSome parents mix the idea of rule-making with ruling their home. Reasonable rulemaking and proper boundaries will help a teenager mature into a confident adult, while living under a “ruler” can lead to frustration, rebellion and eroded self-esteem. Which kind of home is yours? One that has rules or one that is ruled?

When A Troubled Teen Causes Marital Strife

Written by Mark Gregston.

When A Troubled Teen Causes Marital StrifeRecently, on our Parenting Today’s Teens radio program, my guest and good friend, Dr. Melody Rhode commented that the death of a child is such a catastrophic experience in the life of parents; it leads 90% of those marriages to fail. A shocking statistic, isn’t it?

Approaching Teens with Grace

Written by Mark Gregston.

Approaching Teens with GraceWhen a teenager’s behavior is way out of line, when he or she crosses established boundaries and offends us and makes us angry, it is easy to think he or she doesn’t deserve grace. But that may be exactly the right time to give it.

Navigating Your Teen’s Universe

Written by Mark Gregston.

Navigating Your Teen’s UniverseIt’s been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.  And teens?  Well, they seem to be from a completely different universe!  Sure, teenagers look human, but the way they speak, the way they dress, and the things they value all seem to point to an origin in a galaxy far, far away.

Events/Retreats/Mark’s Schedule

Date Event Location
Apr. 18-19 Heartlight Parent Retreat Longview, TX
Apr. 26 Friends of Heartlight Dinner Portland, OR
Apr. 26 Tough Guys & Drama Queens Seminar Portland, OR
Apr. 27 Mark to speak at Grace Chapel Wilsonville, OR
May 2 - 3 Evening with Mark Gregston Flagstaff, AZ
June 26-28 Families In Crisis Conference Longview, TX
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