Reconnecting the Disconnected Relationships at Home

by Mark Gregston

May 1, 2020

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 “Reconnecting the Disconnected Relationships at Home”


Creating a Positive Atmosphere in a Negative World

by Mark Gregston

April 27, 2020

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 “Creating a Positive Atmosphere in a Negative World”


6 Ways to Raise Independent Adolescents

by Mark Gregston

April 24, 2020

Have you ever met a mom or dad who controlled every aspect of their teenager’s life?  Have you ever wondered why?  Well, for some, they hang on so tightly to their children because they’re afraid they’ll lose their relationship with their kids.  And for other parents, they’re afraid their child is going to make a mistake. 

But you can’t squelch your child’s independence. Continue reading “6 Ways to Raise Independent Adolescents”