Teens

Illustration showing two teens trying to decide a direction for their lives. A sign stands between them with directional arrows pointing in opposite directions. One direction points to college and career, the other points to work and job.

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Does College Pay Off?: The Long-Term Benefits

Jonathan McKee

Have the conversation with your high school student about the benefits of a higher education in comparison to other paths.

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Parenting Your Tweens and Teens With Respect (Part 2 of 2)

Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock offer parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based on their book, With All Due Respect: 40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship With Your Teens and Tweens. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

Parenting Your Tweens and Teens With Respect (Part 1 of 2)

Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock offer parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based on their book, With All Due Respect: 40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship With Your Teens and Tweens. (Part 1 of 2)

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Understanding Your Teen's Behavior (Part 2 of 2)

Based on their book Your Teenager is Not Crazy, Jeramy and Jerusha Clark offer an overview of a teen's brain from a neurological perspective, sharing insights on your teen's emotions and the impact of puberty and hormones. The Clarks give practical advice on resolving conflict with your teen, handling disrespect and helping your teen navigate peer pressure. (Part 2 of 2)

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Understanding Your Teen's Behavior (Part 1 of 2)

Based on their book Your Teenager is Not Crazy, Jeramy and Jerusha Clark offer an overview of a teen's brain from a neurological perspective, sharing insights on your teen's emotions and the impact of puberty and hormones. The Clarks give practical advice on resolving conflict with your teen, handling disrespect and helping your teen navigate peer pressure. (Part 1 of 2)

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13 Reasons Why Not

Daniel Huerta

Help your teen see that hope is always there.

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A teen is in a restaurant and doing paperwork at the end of a work day.

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Careers After High School

Arlyn Lawrence

Does your teens need guidance for the future? Prepare them for successful careers after high school, even when they don’t want to go to college.

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Teen Romance

Courtship. Dating. Crushes. Romance. What should your teens know? What boundaries should you put in place?

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Pick Your Battles

Don't make everything a conflict when it comes to parenting your teen. Figure out how to choose which disagreements are worth your time.

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Your Teen's Character

It's more than just following rules. Help your teen respond to culture from a heart of wanting to do what is right.

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Teenage Boy Lying On A Sofa Watching TV

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Preparing for the Future

Teens may not always know what is best for them, but their choices will decide their future.

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Gender Issues

Find ways to affirm the gender identity of your teens.

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So Your Teen's Going to Prom … Now What?

Tammy Darling

Tips for parents about prom preparation and insights.

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A teen girl sits in a lunch room staring at her phone.

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Why Social Media Shouldn't Define Your Teen

Dannah Gresh

Instagram and SnapChat may seem harmless and fun, but they can be addicting and damaging for your teens, when these apps are used in excess.

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Teenage boy lying on floor playing a video game

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Teens and Technology

Nothing seems to change quicker than technology, and teens are usually on the cutting edge of these changes, but they need the wisdom of their parents to navigate them safely.

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Teen Risks

There is a difference between healthy risks that lead teens toward independence and those that are foolish, which lead toward danger. 

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Friendship Challenges

The teen years can be difficult or rewarding in the area of friendship. Here are some ideas for helping teens through these uncertain times.

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A group of teenaage friends sitting in grass and talking

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Teens and Their Friends

Helping teens navigate the treacherous waters of finding true friends can be less disheartening with a parent's support.

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Teen Rejection

Whether hurt by friends or a special relationship, teens need your support during seasons of rejection.

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Teen boy looking at a computer monitor

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Teens and Porn

Sound advice for parents who are concerned that their teen is viewing pornography.

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Teen girl leaning her face on a hand with another hand at her temples. She is looking down.

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Your Teen's Mental Health

What can you do to help teens who are depressed or feel like they are in a hopeless situation?

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Illustration of a mother and a daughter leaning against and looking at each other

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Teen Daughters

Parenting girls through the teen years can be as rewarding as it is challenging

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Mother hugging daughter, cheek-to-cheek, both are smiling and looking at camera

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Ways to Engage Your Teen

There is no secret to communicating with your teens, but often you must take the first step and be the one who understands the importance of ongoing talking, negotiating and engaging with them.

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