Ten Ways to Rebuild a Relationship With a Teen

Written by Mark Gregston.

Ten Ways to Rebuild a Relationship With a TeenRelationships thrive in settings where everyone agrees that nobody is perfect. Unconditional love is fundamental for building healthy relationships with teenage children who will test their parents and their rules in every possible way. When they do, a busy, stressed-out parent can often react in ways that don’t always convey unconditional love.

Teens Who Demand and Parents Who Don’t

Written by Mark Gregston.

Teens Who Demand and Parents Who Don’t

Teens today seem much more demanding than recent generations.  That’s relatively new, but what’s not new is that teens are also less mature today.  Add the two together and what you get is kids who expect their parents to be a walking, breathing ATM machine.

Parents who continually meet the financial demands of a teen fail to realize that they are unwittingly postponing their teen’s development into a responsible and mature adult.  That’s because generosity and a parent’s desire to provide for their child often gets misinterpreted by the teen, leading them believe that this provisional lifestyle will continue endlessly.  They want more and more and appreciate it less and less.

It echoes the attitudes of the Prodigal Son found in scripture, with one difference. Today’s prodigals don’t leave home.  In fact, they are comfortable at home because they can continue a self-centered and lavish lifestyle right under their parent’s noses, with no real-life consequences to help them come to their senses.

Teen Anger Provoked By Parents

Written by Mark Gregston.

Teen Anger Provoked By ParentsIf you hadn’t noticed, teenagers are in an overactive state of emotion most of the time. It doesn’t take much to bring them to the point of exasperation. They can only take so much pressure before they shut down or act out of frustration or anger instead of clear or right thinking. Sometimes they’re provoked to the point of putting up walls of protection around themselves.

Smartphone Apps to Watch Out For

Written by Mark Gregston.

Smartphone Apps to Watch Out ForConfession time; I love my smart phone.  I check my e-mail, read books, listen to music, store my photos, and navigate directions. I can also use this handy device to talk to people, but that is almost a secondary function on this type of phone.  The technology in this tool can be wonderfully useful.  With all the information and functionality at our fingertips, we live in a world far different than the one we grew up in.

Maybe It’s Time to Shut-Up

Written by Mark Gregston.

Maybe It’s Time to Shut-UpThere is nothing so demeaning as assuming your child can’t think for himself. There is nothing so disrespectful as throwing your child’s mistakes back in his face and condemning him. Keep in mind that I am referring to teenagers here, not your 2-year-old.

Know Pain Know Gain

Written by Mark Gregston.

Know Pain Know GainIf pain were knocking on your door, you wouldn’t welcome him, invite him in, or help him in any way. You would send him to the next neighborhood, reassuring him that he was at the wrong address.

Parents in trouble with their teen call me when they are in pain and need help, but I’ve learned that many are just looking for an affirmation or justification of their own plan or ideas. Sadly, most people only accept advice when they agree with it, when it fits into their own time schedule, and when the outcome is what they predicted.

Events/Retreats/Mark’s Schedule

Date Event Location
July 29 An Evening with Mark Gregston Augusta, GA
August 14-16 Families in Crisis Conference Longview, TX
September 6-7 Tough Guys and Drama Queens Parent Seminar Monroe, LA
September 10th Evening with Mark Gregston San Antonio, TX
September 11th Special Morning Event with Mark Gregston San Antonio, TX
September 18-19th Tough Guys and Drama Queens Parent Seminar Eau Claire, WI
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