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Where:  Austin Ridge Bible Church/Bee Caves Campus When:July and August, 2014   Register at

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Posted by on 12:49 pm in Parents of Teens | 0 comments

If it were me I would find it refreshing to find a new list of what might keep my kids occupied and playing together during the summer.  Let me toss out a few: In Arizona a friend put together a summer bowling league for about 25 of the kids my kids knew.  Every Tuesday we had that to look forward to and it was an “inside” activity, out of the indescribable Arizona heat.   Didn’t cost us a ton and was so worth it to have it to look forward to each week.   I’m sharing that idea because I admire my friend’s...

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Posted by on 12:02 pm in Parents of Teens | 0 comments

During the hot summers of Arizona and Texas so many parents will be allowing a variety of social media apps or websites to babysit their kids.  I get that.  If my kids were still home during the summers we would be talking about limits and boundaries about which ones are acceptable and which ones were ones we needed to talk about and avoid.  And why.   And I would be setting time limits.  Maybe I could do another post and freshen all our memories about what one can do besides be on the computer during hot days.  I need the reminder...

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Pursue, Pursue, Pursue

Posted by on 12:20 pm in Parents of Teens | 0 comments

  You’ve heard the phrase regarding real estate, “Location, location, location”. With teens, regarding what they need from us is, “Relationship, relationship, relationship”. Or think, “Pursue, pursue, pursue”.  Sometimes our teens will act as if we are the last person they want to see.   They just don’t know it, but the perils of the adolescent years require leadership by us whether they act like they want to spend time with us or not.  That is why as the adult we pursue them.  ...

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Posted by on 12:10 pm in Parents of Teens | 0 comments

  When I facilitate class on the topic of Unresolved Anger, one of the traps of adolescence, I emphasize that learning to ask one’s  child or teen for forgiveness goes beyond  saying “I’m sorry”.  Of course, the “I’m sorry” can be said in a sincere way and it can be very authentic.  However, if one chooses, one can go deeper.  Asking for forgiveness is taking responsibility for the hurt one has caused.  It is modeling a contrite heart, showing humility, and giving your teen a chance to practice...

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Posted by on 11:05 pm in Parents of Teens | 0 comments

  So, back to the journal idea.  Here are ways shared during classes  about how some parents introduced the journal to their teen or pre-teen: 1.  My daughter was taking piano lessons in a serious way so when I found a journal which was covered in treble and bass clefs I grabbed it.  So, her journal seemed even more tailor-made, just for her. 2.  One mom shared that she decided to introduce the concept pretty early in one of her children’s lives.  Some of the writing her son sent to her wasn’t with letters…he drew...

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Posted by on 11:55 pm in Parents of Teens | 0 comments

One of the longest-lasting suggestions that has come from classes that has worked for parents to communicate with one of their teens has been using a journal.  You know those journals…the books with a variety of covers and lots of empty pages inside. My friend, Robyn, suggested this idea and she explained to our class how it could be used as an extra tool to communicate with a teen , especially when talking might not be that easy.  Almost every mom I have shared this idea with has been eager to give it a try. Here’s the way it...

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Fresh Thoughts on Social Media

Posted by on 3:36 pm in Hot Topics, Parents of Teens | 0 comments

  I have a new author I’m reading.  His name is Adam McLane.  He’s new to me, I’m stepping out on a limb trusting him in my own blog after only reading a few of his articles but he’s a Moody grad and that goes a long way for me.  I found him as I am preparing to facilitate a Parents of Teens class on Media this week. Adam has a small list of short articles on Social Media and from what I’ve read so far he’s worth my time.   What I read last night was an article meant to convince parents to ban...

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Posted by on 10:23 am in Parents of Teens | 0 comments

  This week my husband and I had a ripe opportunity to do something right; to give a gift to our teenager. You see, I have this used Toyota at our house that is one week old because we just purchased it. Over the Easter weekend while Howard and I were out our daughter, home from college, called and asked if she could drive it to do an errand.   To really understand how tricky this was going to be for her you’d have to see the driveway…a steep grade, angling up toward the road, first crossing a sidewalk where people walk...

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