Ages 13-18

Smiling teenage son with dad

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Terrible Teens?

Ray Seldomridge

Are the teen years always terrible? Get some practical advice from an experienced parent who didn't think so.

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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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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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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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Mother and daughter talking with each other

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Effective Communication

Jennifer Bussey and Candy Arrington

Do you feel like walls are being put up between you and your teen. Try these foundation ways to better connect.

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Mother and daughter working side-by-side in kitchen

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Connect on Their Terms

Kathi Lipp

Making time for your teen's interests, even when it's inconvenient, is important in your ongoing relationship.

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Three friends in the back of a car

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Do the Inconvenient

Elsa Kok Colopy

Sacrificing convenience — sometimes that's how God uses parents to help draw others closer to Jesus.

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Pensive teen boy sitting in rain splattered car

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Connecting With Your Emotional Teens

Walt Larimore

When you have an emotional teen, there are three things that your teen may need from you.

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Choosing a College Major

Dr. 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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Mom and son are sitting on a couch together and smiling at the camera.

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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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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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When Teens Experience Empathy

Jeremy V. Jones

Help teens change the way they see their place in the world and help them understand what it means to meet the needs of others so they can grow in empathy.

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Do Your Teens Know That Grace Is Enough?

Max Lucado

Do good, and you'll be OK. Do more, and you'll be saved. That's what many teens think, but it's not what God wants them to know.

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Teen girl lying on her back in grass, relaxed and smiling with her eyes closed

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Overscheduled Teens

Vicki Courtney and Ali Claxton

Help your teens understand the importance of rest and find it amid life's constant demands and their on-the-go schedules.

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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
Teen boy smiling and accepting responsibility

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Boundaries: The Key to Freedom

Dr. 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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Teen girl smiling at teen boy

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Stretching Their Limits

Ray Johnston

Encourage your teens to test boundaries in positive ways.

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teen boy with an attitude

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Teen Attitudes and Body Language

Jill Savage

Our teens are quickly growing into the adults they will become. Help them respond respectfully, not emotionally.

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Teen with expensive headphones around neck looking at the camera, and a teen football player looking at him

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Bucking the Entitlement Trend

Juli Slattery

Do your teens have unrealistic expectations of what they deserve? If so, you may be training them to feel entitled. Break this parenting habit of giving them privileges without responsibility.

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