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#472 – The Teen Culture Has Changed—Have Your Parenting Skills?

by Mark Gregston

Today’s culture is different than the one you and I grew up in during the 70’s, and 80’s.  Marijuana is legal in many states.  Gender issues dominate the news and headlines.  Bullying and school shootings are on the rise.  We live in a world where kids spend an average of ten hours online and more time is spent videotaping conflicts than spent trying to resolve them. 

I think if we’re honest with ourselves, a lot of us have thought, Man, I’m so glad I didn’t have to grow up like this.  But the problem with this thinking is that your child does, and they don’t have a choice in the matter.  So, as parents, we need to learn some new tips and techniques in order to better parent and communicate with our teens. Continue reading “#472 – The Teen Culture Has Changed—Have Your Parenting Skills?”


#471 – Reconnecting the Disconnected Relationships at Home

by Mark Gregston

Recently at Heartlight, we received a letter from a frustrated mom that read: My family sits down to dinner and no one talks—instead, they spend dinner time checking their phones or sitting in silence.  Help!  What can I do? 

Does this mom’s dilemma sound all too familiar in your household, too? 

Well, it’s a known fact that families ebb and flow through seasons and stages of life, but if your family is spending time together without engaging one another, then you can cue Tom Hanks: Houston, we have a problem. Continue reading “#471 – Reconnecting the Disconnected Relationships at Home”


#470 – Creating a Positive Atmosphere in a Negative World

by Mark Gregston

In a time when it’s en vogue to rate everything—and everyone, and when filtering what comes out of our hearts and minds is discouraged, it can be difficult for teens to navigate the muddy waters of this negative world.  Our culture seems obsessed with telling it like it is and pointing out what’s wrong with the world—and the people who live in it.  Yet, research shows us that what we think has a powerful influence on how we feel—emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  And our thought life greatly influences how we behave. Continue reading “#470 – Creating a Positive Atmosphere in a Negative World”