Five ways loneliness and isolation contribute to teen suicide and self-injury

Matthew and his parents entered my office and sat down on my couch.  Matthew folded his arms and stared out my window. His parents both took a deep…


Four practices that will help your pre-teen overcome anxiety

I don’t have to tell you that because of COVID-19, our world has changed dramatically.  Thanks to the vaccines, we’re beginning to get out into this…


Teenagers are church members, too

Teenagers naturally have selective hearing and understanding. They may walk in the obedience their parents call them to, but many haven’t chosen to…


How fifteen minutes could save your relationship with your teen

This weekend something came up—once again—with one of our sons. It was an incident related to the way he treats one of his brothers, and honestly,…


The perfectly imperfect puzzle: Working with what God has given you today

I was laying in bed late one night, and I heard a message come in on my phone. It was from my fourteen-year-old daughter. The gist of it is that she…


Middle school romance survival guide

For me, it was Chase. My first Middle School crush, straight out of a romance novel: curly locks, football muscles, bad boy attitude, and the ability…


Building faith in your teenage daughter to trust the King with her future love

The story is told of a time when a small community was experiencing a drought. It had lasted for some time, and the farmers were struggling. As the…


How to help your teen connect with the Bible

As my daughters get older and increasingly independent, I’m more aware than ever that allowing them to take ownership of their faith is critical.…


How you can have more influence than JoJo Siwa

My wife and I were watching a game show the other day where the winning word was influencer.  We weren’t sure how the contestant was going to get the…