Four ways to care for your teens’ mental health during the holidays

Four ways to care for your teens’ mental health during the holidays

Christmastime. It’s the most wonderful time of the year—unless it’s not. Then the holidays can be really hard. Whether it’s missing a loved one, the…


Creating a haven at home for teens in a noisy world

Creating a haven at home for teens in a noisy world

I set down four alarm clocks next to the cash register. The young cashier squinted at my purchases, as if to say, “You know nobody uses these…


Responding to teen parenting challenges with courage and grace

Responding to teen parenting challenges with courage and grace

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I often meet families behind closed doors at a point of crisis they never saw coming. No parent walks into my…


Helping your teen identify their feelings

Helping your teen identify their feelings

Cotton Candy is what I call her. She is full of sweetness, marvel, and loves big crowds. Her role, she feels, is to bring joy to all who are in her…


Talking to your high schooler about sex

Talking to your high schooler about sex

Purity is not an accomplishment. It is primarily a relationship with the one who is Pure: Jesus. The pursuit of purity is marked by prayer,…


Talking to your middle schooler about sex

Talking to your middle schooler about sex

At its root, “conversation” means to “turn with” or “dwell with.”  It’s not about crafting the perfect moment to have a one-time, high-pressure sex…


How Iron Man can teach kids to guard their hearts

How Iron Man can teach kids to guard their hearts

One critical biblical life lesson that every parent should want their child to learn involves the popular sentiment that you should “follow your…


Why are teens sadder, lonelier, and more depressed than ever before

Why are teens sadder, lonelier, and more depressed than ever before?

Originally published on Denison Forum Why are teens sadder, lonelier, and more depressed than ever before? Is this just an illusion of our sensitive…


Can we talk about Prom?

Can we talk about Prom?

Prom. So much hype. So much stress. For boys, girls, and their parents.  Guys these days are expected to create elaborate signs and come up with…