Teens

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 boy rocking climbing and yelling as he nears the top

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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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Portrait of teen girls in the park

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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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Mother consoling crying daughter

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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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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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Mother and daughter talking with each other

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Parent-Teen Communication

Whether during conflict or peace, parents and teens can benefit from improving their communication with each other.

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Smiling teen girl

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Your Teen's Identity

What makes up your teens' identity? And what is the best basis for it — that will allow them to live happy, healthy lives?

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Connect With Your Teen

One of the most important things you can do for your teens is to stay connected with them. Here are some ideas for how to do that.

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Mother and teen daughter using laptop on bed

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Choosing a College Major

John Townsend

How should your teen choose a college major? Use these six suggestions for guiding your child and in facilitating discussion.

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A Teen's Faith

Encourage your teens to grow stronger in their faith by relying on God's power and strength.

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A teen boy is holding a young child in a foreign country, and the child has his arms around the teen's neck.

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Empathy in Teens

How can your teens move from the attitudes of an entitlement culture to see and respond to the needs of others?

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Teen looking away from Mom, as if annoyed at what she is saying

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Rules and Rebellion

Brenda Garrison

A teen's resistance can be both hurtful and frightening for parents. And because parents of "good kids" don't discuss the issue of rebellion, parents struggle with knowing what to do.

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reflective teen on park bench

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Wrestling with Big Decisions

John Ortberg

Teens shouldn’t fret when there’s no “burning-bush” answer to their life questions.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Establishing Healthy Boundaries With Your Teens (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. John Townsend offers parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based on his book Boundaries With Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Establishing Healthy Boundaries With Your Teens (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. John Townsend offers parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based on his book Boundaries With Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No. (Part 1 of 2)

Listen
Mother hugging her daughter -- both are in warm coats

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The 5 Love Languages and Your Teen

Gary Chapman

Do you ever wonder how you can help your teens feel loved? Consider how they might tend to feel more appreciated through one specific love language.

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Teen boy smiling and accepting responsibility

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Boundaries: The Key to Freedom

John Townsend

Equipping your teen with inner strength and a sense of responsibility

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Portrait of a handsome young male student leaning against a brick wall with his friends in the background of school hallway

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A Logical Faith

Nancy Pearcey

Why your teen's college prep should include an understanding of the Christian worldview

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