I'm delighted to have none other than my own brother and sister-in-law on the blog for today's teen-themed post! Colin and Carol have two boys (aged 17 and nearly 16), and are my go-to for … [Read more...] about SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRITUALITY: 6 WAYS TO ESTABLISH A CONSISTENT BIBLE MESSAGE FOR YOUTH
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This week, we're focusing on raising teenagers, with a new post each day. We've looked at communication, and what happens if our teens go off track, and today we're looking at - well, we couldn't really ignore it, could we? - how we teach our teens about sex, relationships and what the … [Read more...] about CHRISTIAN PUBERTY EDUCATION: TALKING TO OUR TEENAGERS ABOUT SEX, RELATIONSHIPS AND THE BIBLE
Every day this week I'm focusing on raising teenagers, and today I'm delighted to have fellow author Gail Gritts join us. Gail is a mum of 5 - now all grown-up - and has a powerful testimony of how two of her children hit rock-bottom. Read on... When the mother bird pushes her fledglings out of the … [Read more...] about WHEN FLEDGLINGS FLOP: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR TEENAGER IS OUT OF CONTROL
This week on the blog we're focusing on raising teenagers, so I'm thrilled that writer and editor Nicki Copeland has joined us today to talk about that biggie: communication. How do we talk to our teenagers effectively? And how can we get them to talk to us? Over to … [Read more...] about HOW TO TALK TO TEENAGERS (AND HOW TO GET YOUR TEENAGER TO TALK TO YOU)
This week on the blog we're talking teens - how to communicate with them, how to discuss the tricky issues, how to nurture their faith, and what to do if they go completely off the rails. Today I'm delighted to welcome freelance writer Ruth Leigh to share with us some encouragement as we embark upon … [Read more...] about PARENTING TEENAGERS: WHERE DO I START?
As an adoptive parent - and, you know, reasonably sensible, logical human being - I'm a big fan of natural consequences when it comes to behaviour management. This is simply allowing your child to reap the consequences of the action they've taken, with no/little additional input from you. You … [Read more...] about WHEN NATURAL CONSEQUENCES DON’T WORK (THREE EXAMPLES)
There's something about a new year which motivates us to adopt new habits, change an aspect of our lives, or turn over a new leaf in some way. But so often we fail, don't we? Habits die out after January, changes are short-lived, and we find ourselves falling back into our old cycles, old … [Read more...] about HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD GROW SPIRITUALLY THIS YEAR
To start talking about personal growth and improvement when you're either stuffed so full of Celebrations and mince pies that you can hardly move, or you're entirely burnt-out from yet another busy year of parenting, work and other commitments, will either come across as annoyingly trite or … [Read more...] about 10 FAITH-BASED NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR EXHAUSTED PARENTS
I'm delighted to feature a couple of books today which would make excellent Christmas presents for your child if they love animals! And - even better - allow me to help you with your Christmas shopping - read till the end and you'll discover how you can win both of these wonderful animal books … [Read more...] about TWO FABULOUS CHRISTIAN ANIMAL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN