8 Keys to Better Communication with Your Teen

by Mark Gregston

People were made to communicate and be in fellowship with one another, so when our need to connect is stifled or lacking, it creates within us a longing to engage.  I can remember when I was a kid, I spent lots of time talking to my mom, but having conversations with my dad wasn’t the norm.  Now, that was partly due to the era and the way things were done back then, but not having that communication with him created a void in me that made me realize I not only wanted something different, but I wanted to do things differently, too. 

The way that today’s teen communicates may have changed—they may talk more with their thumbs, and less with their mouths—but it doesn’t mean they’re not interested in connecting with you.  Teens really do want parental involved in their lives; they just want it on their own terms.  So, if you’re interested in learning how to keep the lines of communication with your teen open, then keep reading because I’m going to share eight tips that will help you keep the art of conversation with your teen alive and thriving. 

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A Dozen Moves that Parents of Teens Need to Make

by Mark Gregston

Have you ever watched the movie “Failure to Launch” with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker?  The movie centers around a 35-year-old man who has no desire to leave the comfortable nest of dependence that his parents have created for him.  But unlike McConaughey’s main character, most teenagers want to grow up and move out.  They want to take responsibility for their actions, make decisions, and they desire to be mature and in control. 

As parents, it can be tough for us to let go, but kids and teens will typically side with those who are helping them move towards independence and progress.  It’s your job to help them grow up, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s you they are turning to for help and not someone else.  We’re here to help “launch” them into the world they are going to live in, not the world in which we hope they live.  And to better help them flourish, so they don’t fail, and you don’t flop, we’ve prepared a list of twelves things you can do right now to help them survive in the “jungle”. Continue reading “A Dozen Moves that Parents of Teens Need to Make”

6 Ways to Raise Independent Adolescents

by Mark Gregston

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. 

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