Communicating With Teens

by Mark Gregston

August 3, 2020

Every parent of a teenager wants to build a strong line of communication with their 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.

You may wonder what the best timing is for building good lines of communication with your teen or pre-teen. That’s simple.  Do it NOW, before problems, struggles and difficulties begin. And never stop working at it, even when there is conflict. Continue reading “Communicating With Teens”

Be a Grandparent Who Bridges the Gap with Teens

#591 – Student Story: Blake

with host Mark Gregston

Many grandparents feel there’s a huge distance separating them from their teen grandchildren. But there are ways to bridge the cultural, social, and relational gaps!

This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston offers grandparents helpful tips for connecting with their grandkids, regardless of generational or physical distance.

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Dispensable Dads?

Societal trends to the contrary, fathers are foundational to families. 

by Mark Gregston

July 24, 2020

So why do we need fathers, anyway? This article continues where we left off in Part I on why dads are not “incidental” to parenting. In Part I we explored the importance of a dad to: (1) help cement a teen’s core identity, (2) encourage risk taking, (3) offer protection and safety, and (4) discipline differently.  

Here are three more ways that dads help mold healthy, happy children—and teens:  

1.  More than mother’s…dad’s help develop compassion in their kids 

There are many forces that help mold a child into a caring adult who knows how to empathize and care Continue reading “Dispensable Dads?”

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

For almost 40 years, we’ve been passionate about guiding kids and parents through the turbulent teenage years. Tough Guys and Drama Queens has been a huge part of that mission, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it now, to you, as a free online course!

This two-week course will give you a look into why traditional parenting techniques aren’t as effective as they used to be, the pressures they face in today’s culture, and how to build a stronger relationship with your teen throughout the tricky experiences they’ll have during these years.