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Journey to Genuineness

by Mark Gregston

Never did I think that I would be the executive director of a program for struggling teens called Heartlight. Well, we now have 60 kids living with us and we’ve lived with over 3,000 kids up to this point. Never was planned, never knew that it was coming. Never knew that that was on the horizon for me. Here I am on the other side of life where a lot of friends around me are retiring, but I’ve looked back at a lot of my time and a lot of the things that were discovered along the way on my journey. I would call it a journey to genuineness. 

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Privileges and Expectations for Teens

by Mark Gregston

If you’re too strict, or too controlling, you may have kids who behave … for now

But trust me, under their complementary and obedient exteriors, they’re feeling contemptuous and there will come a day when the tide will turn.  And if you don’t do something to change directions right now, I can guarantee the rebellion will come. 

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Develop a New Style of Resolving Conflict

by Mark Gregston

How do you handle conflict?  Do you get defensive easily?  Are you a bully about it?  Or, perhaps you’re more of the silent treatment type when you’re hurt or upset?  The reality is that none of us will ever be completely comfortable having to deal with the disagreements that arise in our lives, but conflict is the precursor to change, and it’s vitally important for moving us forward. 

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