Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

Navigating the Maze of Teen Struggles


In today's show, Mark shares a personal devotional about the pursuit of peace in relationships and the importance of allowing relationships to survive conflict. He shares stories of heartache, loss and hope, and offers guidance to parents struggling with their teens. Mark encourages parents to invest in their child's future and to not give up, emphasizing the importance of taking action and being actively involved during difficult times. Tune in for this encouraging episode!

For more on this topic, check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen Is Struggling." Order your copy at bit.ly/teen-is-struggling

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

Teen Stories: The Weight of Expectations


The teenage years are full of pressures — big and small — everything from trying to do well on a test to figuring out your identity. In today's show, Mark chats with two young ladies from Heartlight, including Emily, who discusses her battle with anxiety, perfectionism and the lingering desire for validation. It's a powerful reminder of the pressure teens face to fit in and excel, and her journey at Heartlight shows the importance of navigating mental health challenges with empathy and support. Don't miss these interviews!

Interested in learning more about the Heartlight program? Go to heartlightministries.org

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

Building Trust with Teen Grandkids


Building trust with grandchildren is all about deciding when to share your wisdom and perspective, and when to give them space to seek their own answers. But once you've found the balance, you can create a wonderful relationship! In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the important role that grandparents play in their grandchildren's lives. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of grandparenting, the need for intentional engagement, and the impact of storytelling and unconditional love. Listen in!

For more help connecting with teens, take our FREE e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen." Enroll at bit.ly/stay-engaged-course

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

I Mustache Mark a Question: Reaching Your Teen's Heart


In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who need guidance on everything from vaping and drinking to divorce and blended families. Mark shares that while the nature of issues may evolve, the core needs of every teen — belonging, relationships and a desire to appear older — remain constant. Understanding and addressing these needs, rather than solely focusing on controlling behavior, is the key. Tune in for valuable insights on how to connect with your teen on a deeper level and truly reach their heart!

Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

Building Character and Encouraging Integrity in Your Teen


Do you feel like you're talking to a brick wall when you preach your values to your teen? You can recite them all day long, but it's the silent lessons taught through your actions that have a lasting impact. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd delve into the important role of parents in helping their teens build good character and make positive choices. They emphasize the significance of intentional parenting and modeling integrity, honesty, grace and wisdom for teens to emulate. Listen now for advice on shaping yourself and your teen into a positive influence in today’s world!

For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

Letting Teens Take the Wheel


How much do you trust your teen? For many parents, this can be a hard question to answer. But at some point, gradually letting go of control is the best thing for your child — and for you! In today's show, Mark delves into the topic of control versus trust in the parent-teen relationship. He re-shares a personal anecdote of a family struggling with their son's rebellious behavior and how their extensive list of expectations led to a battle for control. He emphasizes the importance of giving teens the opportunity to make decisions and prove their maturity. Listen in now!

For more on building healthy expectations within your family, check out "Developing Rules and Consequences." Order your copy at bit.ly/developing-rules

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

Teen Stories: Turning Pain Into Progress


As drug use is increasingly normalized among our teens, so many of them turn to self-medicating when they're hurting or lonely. Tragically, this can start them on a path to addiction. In today's show, we hear from two Heartlight teens, including Gabe, who opens up to Mark about his journey from drug use to residential treatment. He discusses his troubled relationship with his family and how he quickly fell into addiction — but now, he's working to mend things. Tune in!

Visit heartlightministries.org to learn more about how the Heartlight residential program helps teens and their families.

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

Preparing for Peer Pressure


Peer pressure has been around for generations, it just manifests differently with today's teens than it used to. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd shed light on both the positive and negative aspects of peer pressure, providing valuable wisdom for parents seeking to support their teens through these challenges. They emphasize the vital role of nurturing strong relationships with teenagers so they can be prepared for the pressures they face. Join us for this great discussion!

For more support on your parenting journey, check out our online store! Visit parentingtodaysteens.org/shop to browse all our resources.

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston Podcast

I Mustache Mark a Question: Addressing Risky Teen Behavior


In today’s episode, Mark Gregston delves deep into listeners’ tough, but not uncommon, questions. From dealing with risky behaviors like vaping and sexual promiscuity to handling the emotional challenges of adoption, Mark offers his wisdom on creating strong, loving relationships that stand the test of teen turbulence. With compassion and humor, Mark highlights the value of setting boundaries and stresses the crucial role of open communication. Remember, every challenge is a doorway to connection — listen now!

Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com

Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit http://www.ChristianParenting.org