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Parenting Todays Teens: Episodes

Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereMost parents are devastated when they learn that their teen has been drinking booze, experimenting with sex, or participating in some other destructive behavior. But how you react in that moment has the power to define your relationship in years to come. Any time ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereEver watch a baby bird leave the nest for the first time? Baby humans go through a similar process… though you wouldn’t recognize it at first. It typically involves things like staying out late, pushing boundaries, or hanging out with the wrong crowd. So if your ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereTake some dirt, drop in a seed, add some water … and wait. Eventually, you’ll grow a harvest! Now, I don’t make a living growing food … but I do know the basic process. Plant, tend, wait, harvest. And you know what? That’s a great process for parenting, too. […]
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereOne time, a dad asked me why his discipline methods had stopped being effective. He said, “They worked on me when I was a kid. I mean, you train horses the same way you did a hundred years ago, don’t ya?” Well, he had a point. Except horses haven’t […]
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereWEEKEND PODCAST Guest: Kristen Cummins Have the relationships in your family been damaged by conflict, tension, or poor communication? Sounds like it’s time for a little home improvement! This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston offers helpful DIY ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereToday’s moms and dads are so worried about being friends with their kids … they’ve forgotten how to be parents! I’ve seen parents get so lax with their kids that they look more like buddies than parents. I like to call them “peer-ents.” But in my experience, ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereWouldn’t it be nice if all the problems you have with your kids would disappear at the snap of a finger? I hate to be bearer of bad news … but there’s no quick fix to family problems. Instead, I’ll suggest a plan of action to making gradual—but effective—changes ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereSusanna came from a great home with Christian parents. She grew up attending church, playing sports, and going to youth group. But by the time she turned 17, she was selling drugs, abusing alcohol, and using meth at a rate of 500 dollars a day. Susanna’s parents ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereFor parents whose teens are spinning out of control, it can often feel like a tornado that’s bearing down on your household. I’ve heard moms and dads describe the struggle with their teen as a violent twister. There are calm days. Then, out of nowhere, there are ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereMost of the companies we work for have policy manuals. And even though they’re tedious and boring, we choose to follow the rules because otherwise … we’d lose our jobs! The rules within your own family belief system function in a similar way. They help each ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes here Many parents grew up in an age of peace rallies and tie-dye shirts. But while peace is a worthy pursuit, let’s not forget the value of conflict! On this weekend’s edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston invites special guest Mike Fabarez to discuss ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereWhen was the last time you asked your teenager a question that wasn’t “How was your day?” or “What did you do at school today?” I’ve said it a million times. And I’ll probably say it a million times more. “One of the most powerful tools in a parent’s […]
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereParents always want to know … “Is it really possible to have a meaningful, two-way conversation with my teen?” Well, I’m here to tell you … yes, it is! Conversation naturally occurs when two people are having fun together. Our counselors at Heartlight will ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereProverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I’ve met a lot of Christian parents who want to follow that verse word-for-word. And I applaud that! The problem comes when these parents believe […]
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereIt’s normal for your teen to make immature decisions. But if he or she has started making self- destructive choices … it’s time to get some outside help. Divorce, abuse, a death in the family, or childhood trauma … just about anything can trigger a sudden ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereYears ago, Jan and I had several teen boys living in our home. Based on the state of their bathroom, I could tell they needed to learn an important life lesson. So I said, “From now on, you need to clean your own toilet and bathroom. Otherwise, you’ll lose […]
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes here WEEKEND RADIO PODCAST Guest: Jim Daly On bad days, it can feel as if we’ve been dealt a hand of losing cards in life. But in reality, God has given every one of us the tools we need to thrive. This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, special guest […]
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereWhen life gets hectic, it’s tempting to give our kids the leftovers of our time. But our priorities should really be the other way around. Hey, I’m right there with you. We’re all busy people who carry the weight of a thousand different responsibilities. But ...
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereWhat if the last thing you said to your son today … were the last words you ever spoke to him? A sobering thought, isn’t it? No one wants to be remembered for nagging remarks or a judgmental spirit. I realize that not everything you have to tell your […]
Click To Hear Podcast via iTunes hereI’ve never met a young person who didn’t want to be cool. But in cyber world, that’s certainly gotten a lot of kids into trouble! Websites like YouTube, Facebook or Twitter offer teens a place to post pictures, videos, comments, rants, you name it. They can ...
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