Raising Kids to Leave

The coupon arrived from the bed and bath store saying, “Campus Bound: 20% off your entire purchase.” I looked at mine and wondered who I should give…


Should teenagers get a summer job?

In 1978 almost seventy-two percent of our teenagers got a summer job. Today, that number is about twenty-eight percent. Different reasons are given…


Try These Helpful Parenting Phrases

I’m remembering all the times I crawled in bed and thought, “I should have said something like . . .” It can be difficult at times, to be wise in the…


Parenting Teens: Grace or Consequences?

I used to tell my sons that the one phrase they would never hear out of an adult’s mouth was, “Man, I wish I could go back and do junior high again!”…


Decide to Discipline: Tweens and Teens

The common advice given to parents with an older child is, “Pick your battles.” That is great advice, but what does it mean? Choosing battles with…