A Calming Prescription for Frustrated Parents

Written by Mark Gregston.

Frustrated ParentsWhat is it about teenagers that makes it so easy for them to get under our skin?  We love our kids, for sure.  But between the ages of 12 and 20, teens really start to develop and refine the unique ability to raise our blood pressure!  Maybe it’s because we care about our kids so much that they can invoke such strong reactions in us.  I’ve loved every one of the 2,500 kids who have made their way through the doors of our Heartlight campus.  But let me tell you; there were times I was so frustrated with a teen’s behavior or attitude, I was about ready to put him on the next ferry to Iceland and wish him Bon Voyage!

It’s More Than the Birds and the Bees: Talking to Your Teen About Sex

Written by Mark Gregston.

Teen RomanceIt’s never a conversation a mom or dad wants to have with their child.  Talking about sex with your teen or pre-teen is uncomfortable for both you and your kid.  There’s a level of embarrassment, a fumbling for the right words, perhaps a hesitancy to share or to ask questions.  I’ll be honest; I’ve been talking to teens about sex for close to three decades, and it never gets any easier.

Releasing Your Teen into the World

Written by Mark Gregston.

Releasing Your TeenVery few comments made by high school seniors and college students can scare parents more than when they announce they have plans to go on a medical mission and travel to Guatemala, spend a few weeks in Rwanda with orphan kids, or go to Indonesia to minister to girls involved in the tragic and pathetic sex trade.  As they share their excitement and enthusiasm for their hopeful venture, parents shudder with nervousness about all the potential hazards of travel as their child’s first campaign to “fly the coop” and “make a difference” silently fade to the background as all the reasons they shouldn’t go come to a parent’s mind, shouting, “We can’t let this happen!”

Communication Hints with Your Teen

Written by Mark Gregston.

Communication HintsAs a child moves from his elementary years into early adolescence, it’s essential that the style of communicating with your child change with them.  They are moving from “concrete” thinking to “abstract” thought. What was “non-hormonal” now becomes laced with hormones. Total dependence moves closer to independence. While they have always wanted to listen, now they want to express.

Parenting Teens in a New Teen Culture

Written by Mark Gregston.

Teen CultureAlbert Einstein defined “insanity” as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.  Ever feel like this is an accurate description of parenting?  With a certain relentless zeal, we try to raise our teens by repeating the same methods we used when they were small.  Perhaps you’re even using the “tried and true” parenting methods that your parents used on you when you were a teenager, but for some reason the results are not the same anymore.  It simply doesn’t work, yet we keep at it!

Addressing the Issue of Homosexuality

Written by Mark Gregston.

When Parenting Styles Collide One of my goals at Parenting Today’s Teens is to provide parents with all the tools I can offer to help them connect with kids in deeper, more meaningful ways.  This is a privilege I do not take lightly.  Because I want to help moms and dads as much as I can, I often have to broach sensitive issues.  If I were to shy away from these tough conversations, it would mean that I’m not doing my job.  And perhaps there is no subject today that is more sensitive than same-sex relationships.

When Parenting Styles Collide

Written by Mark Gregston.

When Parenting Styles CollideParenting teens is hard enough when parents agree on how a child should be parented; and even tougher when parenting styles collide.  And the one place that parents should be especially concerned about not allowing confusion is in their own home.  Confusion flourishes and relationships flounder when parents can’t get their parenting styles to compliment one another, during a time when a teen needs the cohesive and focused team approach by Mom and Dad, whether living in the same house or not.

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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