Category Archive: Teenage years

Talking to teenagers about s-e-x

“Surveys indicate that four out of five teenagers rarely talk to their parents about sex.” That’s not a surprise to anyone. “Yet most indicate they would like to do so. One of the surveys asked, ‘Whom would you most like to talk to you about sex: teacher, counselor, minister, friends, parents?’ The majority responded, ‘My [...]

How many minutes should I let my children text?

A parent asked me this question: “Our cell phone plan allows unlimited texts, but I think our 8th grade son is overdoing it with over 3000 minutes a month. What should I do?” First of all, check his phone and make sure there are no inappropriate texting of words and pictures, or with strangers. Be [...]

Praying for your rebellious child

I read this on Family Life yesterday. May it encourage you to never give up praying for your children, no matter where they are spiritually. One of the greatest examples of [praying and trusting God with a rebellious child] is Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. She watched him spend his teenage and young adult [...]

Give a word of encouragement today

I had a discussion with a mom whose teenage daughter has been giving her attitude lately. Do you remember what you were like when you were a teenager? I mean, what YOU were like personally, not what IT was like in a general sense. We probably don’t remember our own know-it-all attitude, our ungratefulness to [...]

Questions sixth-graders ask, and how would you answer?

Dennis Rainey of Family Life asked his 6th grade Sunday School classes, “If you could ask your parents any question, knowing that I would ask it for you and then give you the answer later, what would it be?” Here were some of the responses. Remember, these were 6th graders at church. “If I became [...]

This is me.

Stay at Home Daughter-hood

In our culture today, our children automatically assume they will go to college, get a degree, and work full time to make money. Is this really the only option for our children, particularly our daughters? Today’s post is written by Rachel, a young lady who has chosen to be a stay at home daughter. She [...]

Body piercing extremes

You’ve heard of nose, bellybutton, tongue, lips and even nipples piercings, but have you heard elf ears body modification?  I couldn’t believe it when I read it on Vanessa’s parenting blog. Take a look at it at Vanessa’s blog and tell me what you think. I am sure if someone was born with elf ears, [...]

Communicating with a teenager

It’s summer, your teenagers are probably at home more. If you have children in college, they may have moved back for the summer. Are you experiencing tension in your relationships with living in close quarters? Are you having conflicts over everyday stuff like putting their dishes away or waking up at noon? What’s the best [...]

Adjusting to the changes in parenting roles

When my children were little, it was  “Mommy, look at me”, “Mommy, stay here with me.”  Now it’s “Bye, mom”, “I won’t be home for dinner, mom.” As my children grow older, my relationship with them inevitably changes. With the turn of the clock, they go from total dependence on me to total independence from [...]

Teaching our children about dating

It’s a radical idea, but a good one. My daughter’s teacher, the school Christian club adviser, told the kids that her approach to dating is that she hopes to marry her first boyfriend. What did she say?? Let me clarify. She doesn’t mean she’s going to blindly marry the first guy she happens to go [...]