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How to Avoid Lecturing & Nagging Your Teen

by Mark Gregston

No doubt, people are spending a lot more time at home. Parents and kids are definitely spending more time together because of social distancing and not having sports and school and everything else. You know you just run out of things to talk about and run out of things to say. James 1:19 says this, my dear brothers and sisters, everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. If you’ve been keeping up with me for any amount of time, you know that I have a tendency to tell it like it is. I’m warning you up front. This devotion may step on some toes and while I want to say, yeah, I really don’t want to do that. I want to. I want to jump up and down on your toes. So as kids say today, I’m going to say, “sorry, not sorry”.  

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Giving Your Teen the Power to Make Decisions 

by Mark Gregston

Learning how to make decisions is an extremely important part of your child’s development.  Teens need to learn how to make decisions in order to become healthy and mature adults.  But sometimes we think that the only way we can teach them, or the only way we can be “good parents” is by making sure they don’t make any mistakes.  As good as this sounds, it actually runs counter to what needs to happen as children grow and mature. 

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Dealing with Dishonesty in Teens

Student Story: Camille

with host Mark Gregston

Have you ever caught your teen lying? Or do you feel like he or she might be hiding something from you?

Most teens are no stranger to the art of deception. And what may seem like a tiny little lie to them actually signals a deeper issue at heart.

This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston explains how to confront and break the habits of dishonesty.

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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.