Parenting Teenagers, Part 3: A Life of Their Own

“Who in the world told my kids they could have a life of their own?” I remember chronically thinking this while ours were teenagers. Just when we hit a parenting stride that was awesome (awesome… meaning I was pretty much in control of their schedules and daily details, and made sure none of it actually […]

The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating

Anybody else a little bit disturbed these days by the casual and flippant attitude toward dating and sex? It seems to me that any television series I want to watch is laced with sexual innuendo or straight-up immorality. I usually watch a few episodes, connect with characters, and then have to say my goodbyes in […]

Parenting Teenagers, Part 2: Effective Consequences

Another best practice we stumbled upon in the teenage years revolved around appropriate punishments. We found the most effective consequences tended to be those that “fit” the offense. Let me just throw out a scenario. I have a friend whose son decided it would be fun to sneak out with some buddies while at their […]