PL Category: Imagine the End

Building Confidence in our Teens

This blog is by Dr. Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders.  When Brandon told me he wanted to start a YouTube channel that helped people who share the same vision get together and collaborate, I asked him, “What’s stopping you?” “I don’t have the confidence,” he acknowledged. Over the next several minutes, Brandon and four of…

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Boundaries that Make Sense for Teenagers

When it comes to parenting teens, some topics are good to know about, others are essential. Establishing and maintaining clear and appropriate boundaries for and with our teenagers fits in the latter category. This is such an important topic, we spent a recent Lunch and Learn discussing it. Whether the issue is communication, discipline, safety,…

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Helping Your Teen Handle Adversity

Consider the strange new “rules” our society has created over the last two decades when it comes to managing our kids and teens. First, we decided to not keep score at games. We felt losing would become too traumatic for them to handle. Then, it was kids getting to swing at the ball as many…

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The Truth about Kindness

So how kind have your teens been lately? That is one of our goals as a parent right? Along with a good education, health, financial independence, and faith in God, we hope our kids will be nice, at least some of the time. That’s because most of us believe life in general works better when…

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More than Chores

Does your teen have weekly or daily chores? If so, maybe you’re like me and you find yourself worn out by the constant task of getting your teen to do their chores. Admit it: it’s more work to get your son to take out the trash than it would be to take it out yourself….

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Imagine the End

None of us likes to be controlled, but there’s something inside almost every parent that’s a little controlling. When our kids were toddlers, we thought we would forever be able to engineer outcomes. We had some success in getting them to bed on time, making them clean up their rooms, and even in ensuring they…

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5 Ways to Parent Beyond Your Capacity By Youth Ministry Staff

Here’s a few things we know will always be true about you as a parent: You will get tired. You will struggle with what you should do in a number of situations. Your kids will not always behave exactly the way you want. You will stay awake sometimes, worrying about them. You will wonder, more…

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An Escape Plan for Teens (Imagine the End)

What would your teen do if, while at a friend’s house, someone offered them a beer? What would your child do if a friend started playing an inappropriate YouTube video and expected them to watch too? We all want our teenage children to make good decisions in the face of peer pressure. But, for a…

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6 Questions to Help Your Teen Excel

As parents we’ve all asked our children to complete a task, then found out later that only half of the task was completed, or it was completed so poorly it clearly had been rushed through to get to some other, more pleasurable activity. Here’s the kicker though – they said the task was completed! Examples of this…

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Guiding, Not Controlling, Your Teen, Part 2

I hope you have had a chance to watch this month’s video! It’s all about the difference between controlling and guiding your teenager. This is a pretty important topic for us, as we intentionally raise our teens to be independent and wide adults! Understanding how to guide our teens, instead of being over-bearing, can make all the…

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