My Ex Won’t Hold the Kids to the Same Rules.


When a teen is divided between two homes, there’s a lot of room for manipulation.  And when your “ex” won’t hold to the same rules, it takes extra work to provide consistent boundaries and consequences.  Mark Gregston offers helpful suggestions for co-parenting on this edition of Parenting Today’s Teens.

Special guest: Tammy Daughtry

Help For Single Parents With Teenagers

single parentOne of the toughest roles anyone can have in today’s culture is that of a single parent.  It’s hard enough to rear a child—especially a teenager—with two parents; but with one the burdens and pressures and problems multiply.  My hat is off to every single parent.  But more than praise for the difficulty of their task, I know from talking to so many of them that they need someone to walk with them and encourage them.

In almost every case, a single parent is walking down a road they didn’t plan to be on.  They started with two parents, but something happened—death, divorce, abandonment—and now they are struggling to fill two roles that their children desperately need.  They are trying to do an already difficult task without all of the resources they need.  (If you know a single parent, go to them and find ways to encourage them.  They won’t always know how to ask for the help they need, so take the initiative yourself.) Continue reading “Help For Single Parents With Teenagers”

Marital Jeopardy Sparked by Teen Crisis

DangerThis weekend on our half-hour Parenting Today’s Teens radio program we’re talking about the impact of divorce on teenagers. I invite you to listen on your local station, or listen anytime after Saturday on our radio website, www.parentingtodaysteens.org.  

The separation or divorce of parents can deeply affect teenagers and cause them to lose their footing in life, but have you ever thought how hard the crisis you’re having with a difficult teenager is on your marriage? Really hard! It can even lead to divorce.

So, let’s discuss some proactive steps to take to fight against this tendency, since it needs to be something you are aware of even as you are dealing with your struggling teen.  After all, the failure of your marriage in the midst of the turmoil can lead to even more dire consequences for your teenager, and of course, for you. Continue reading “Marital Jeopardy Sparked by Teen Crisis”