Valentine’s Day

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It’s a banner day for the greeting card industry! You’ll likely buy a card and gift for your sweetheart today. But what about your kids?

Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens.

Every day is an opportunity to build into your kids the love and value they crave. And perhaps today … Valentine’s Day … will remind you that the teens in your life need to be celebrated. They’ll naturally gravitate to the people who genuinely value them … so make that a priority in your home!

Don’t compare your teen to others. Tell your daughter you love her. Don’t move away from your son when he makes a mistake.

On Valentines Day, and every day, let your teen sense your love.


Belief System

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Teens are prone to test their parents in every possible way. It’s part of their built- in and craving desire for independence!

Hi, I’m Mark Gregston… with Parenting Today’s Teens.

Every kid is gonna try and push the envelope in some way. So you, as a parent, need to be ready! Establish a clear and undeniable standard for what’s expected in your home. I call it a “Belief System for Discipline.” It’s all about positive training and reinforcement of dearly held convictions. And, of course, it includes consequences when rules are broken.

Having a belief system in your home let’s the whole family know about the “lines” that can’t be crossed. It’s a tool you need when your teen starts testing the boundaries!

And some day, it’ll lead your teen to establish similar beliefs of his or her own!


Disaster Area

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What does your teen’s room look like right now? Like a bomb hit it … right?

Hi, I’m Mark Gregston… with Parenting Today’s Teens.

I often meet parents who are adamant about their teen having a tidy room and a perfectly made bed. They demand a spotless household… while the relationships are in shambles.

Our homes are a reflection of who we really are… and our cleanliness standards reflect what we want for our kids. So… yes… we want our teens to present themselves well. But …a sterile home sometimes houses sterile relationships.

Do you need to make some priority adjustments today? Maybe you could lighten up a bit …and quit riding your teen over his or her room. It’ll create an atmosphere of rest for the whole family. Even though your teen’s room is still a disaster!