Building Responsibility in the Tween Years

HomeworkThe beginning of the school year can bring a new set of challenges for parents of kids just entering adolescence – the group of kids that marketers refer to as “tweens.” The ages vary, but for the purposes of this article, tweens are 9-12 years old.

Parents may be shocked by school reports that their young tween isn’t taking responsibility for completing his homework and may be failing in his classes as a result, especially if the child was previously studious. It can happen at this age because tweens are given more responsibility from their teachers to take the ball and run with it, but some have difficulty getting in the game. Work that was once organized and completed in the classroom is now required to be done solo and at home. Continue reading “Building Responsibility in the Tween Years”

Mark is Coming to a City Near You


After a successful tour with Focus on the Family as a guest speaker for their Canadian tour, I will be speaking at 15 cities over the next 15 months and hopefully have a chance to meet you.  The title of the events is “Turbulence Ahead….Parenting Teens Through the Bumpy Years” and will begin this month.  Our plan is “5 in ‘o9 and 10 in ’10 (5 events in 2009 and 10 in 2010). 

These events will vary in design but basically be an opportunity to have a two hour speaking schedule followed by a 4 hour workshop.  All events will follow a Friday and/or Saturday schedule.  We’re excited, and hope you’ll make plans to attend.  Here’s information on our upcoming venues. Continue reading “Mark is Coming to a City Near You”

Damage Control for Teens of Divorce

Unappy teen girlWhen parents split up, it can cause a number of problems in the life of their children; especially if the children are in the pre-teen or teen years.  I would never say divorce is responsible for every problem for the kids from split families who come to our Heartlight teen counseling program, but it is a major factor for many.  Divorce piles on emotional problems for a teen a little higher than there would normally be for an already emotional adolescent. Continue reading “Damage Control for Teens of Divorce”

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.