PL Category: Create a Rhythm

Three Holiday Conversations to Have with Your Teen

The holiday season is upon us. Schools are finishing this week, and everyone will soon be off for a few weeks of Christmas vacation. Ahhh. Finally, we all get a break. For some, the holidays are the most cherished time of the year. For others, the holidays hold memories of disappointment or even loss. For…

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One Act that Can Change Our Teens’ Emotional Health

This month, parents can do something about their students’ well-being and future success as the new school year looms just around the corner. The suggestion may sound so simple, we can miss it. After thousands of surveys taken in multiple countries, there was one action on the part of an adult that had the power…

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Five Ways to Help Your Stuck or Distracted Teen

We’ve all been there. We all have encountered struggles that felt bigger than us. And we all develop our own ways of managing emotional pain, shame and regret. When faced with difficult circumstances, it is very normal to look for ways to cope. Over the years, parents have verbalized their uncertainty with how best to assist…

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Five Choices We’re Glad We Made

The following blog is by Autumn Ward, a Youth Ministry mom and blogger. Not long ago, my husband and I were asked to share with a group of parents what we would do again in regards to raising our kids. We began asking ourselves, if we had to go all the way back to the beginning (20 years…

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A Different Focus

When I was first asked to be a BYN leader, I was extremely hesitant to commit. I’ve always thought that “mom” being around on a Youth night was more of a negative than a positive. My kids need that time by themselves and I need my time. I can get errands done – no kids, no stress,…

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Three Practical Habits to Make Time Matter More

by Kristen Ivy One thing I’m reminded about during New Year celebrations is how fast time is moving. And, it’s moving faster than you think. What does that mean for you as a parent? How can you make the most of the limited amount of time that you have with your teens?How can you make sure…

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Planning “On Purpose” Time With Your Teenager, Part 2

Out of the mouths of babes! If you haven’t had a chance to watch last week’s video, you may want to take a moment and hear what teenagers are saying about spending “on purpose” time with their parents! You won’t be disappointed. Just click here. Just to make it clear, they want to spend time with…

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Starting a Hobby With Your Teen, Part 2

I know raising a teenager is hard work. Probably harder than you ever thought possible sometimes! And when some of you read the first email in this series (click link to read it again), you probably thought that finding a hobby that you could agree on with your teenager was next to impossible, let alone putting it…

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Starting a Hobby With Your Teen

This month, we want to encourage you to begin something new in your relationship with your teenager. Shake off the staleness of the same ole’ day in and day out, and start fresh! A great way to do that is to find a hobby that you can share with your teen – something you both can…

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