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5 Ways to Prepare Your Tweens and Teens for the Unexpected

Life can be fun.  But, life is also hard. . .disappointing. . .and a little frightening. So, as a parent, you need to prepare your child for the unexpected. First, financial. When your child receives a gift or earns some money, sure. . . they can spend a little on themselves and they should share with others in need. But, they should also save a portion to learn to prepare for an unexpected need. Second, social....
Jul 15, 2015 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

What to Do When You Catch Your Teenager Drinking

You thought you had all the right conversations. You thought you were on top of things as a parent. You thought you could trust your child. Then it happens. What do you do? First, don’t react in anger. Second, when you’re calm, sit down with your teen and ask open-ended questions to determine why they were drinking. Maybe it was curiosity, peer pressure, or a means of escape. Third, talk about the consequences and...
Jul 14, 2015 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

8 Lies Your Teen Believes

What lies does your teen believe? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. Most parents are concerned with the lies their teenagers are telling, but few parents consider the lies their teens are hearing. So here are some lies your teen might believe and how to combat them with truth. First, your teen believes no one understands them. So create a safe place where they’re comfortable sharing their feelings with...
Mar 03, 2015 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

5 Reasons Why Teenagers "Hate" Their Parents

The teen years can be challenging, and many parents have heard their teen say to them, “I hate you.” There’s no excuse for such an outburst, but sometimes parents do things that can make a teen feel that way. Here are some easy ways to make your teen “hate” you. First, make all of their decisions for them. And be sure to control everything they do. Second, constantly compare them to their friends. Ask, “Why can’t...
Feb 24, 2015 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

When to Start Dating? Important Characteristics Before You Let Your Child Date

Regardless of your family’s convictions about how and when to date, one important thing to look at is their maturity. For instance, our kids should be willing to involve family in dating situations. Family interaction allows them to be “out in the open” with the relationship. But an unwillingness to do so may mean there’s something to hide. Being around family also reveals the character of your child and their...
Feb 23, 2015 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Dangerous Lies Teen Girls Believe

Let’s face it: The teenage years are rough. Teens are searching for anyone and anything to make them feel valuable. Unfortunately, this search often leads our teens to dangerous lies which can dictate their lives. So here are two lies many teen girls believe and how to replace them with truth. First, they believe they must look a certain way to be loved. As parents, it’s our job to love our daughters well by...
Feb 13, 2015 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

5 Things to Do When Your Kids Don’t Want to Be with You

The day my daughter pulled away from holding my hand as I walked her into school surprised me. My little girl was growing up and holding my hand in public was a bit embarrassing to her.  That night, my wife gave me some wise advice on how to handle this season of life with my child. Here is some of that advice and 5 things to do when your kids don’t want to be with you.  First, don’t take it personally. ...
Jan 14, 2014 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers



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