PL Category: Widen the Circle

The Other Person Your Teen Needs

Even though we live on different ends of the province and only chat occasionally via cell phone, Mike is a good friend who always knows how to encourage me and isn’t afraid to say the hard things that need to be said to motivate me to move forward. His words matter to me because I…

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Buddy Up

Ever feel overwhelmed and alone as a parent? Then it’s time for action; it’s time to buddy up! One trait of spiritually healthy families is that they maintain nourishing friendships with other families. This is a great idea! When your family is friends with other families there is a tremendous amount of mutual benefit. From…

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When Your Teen Doesn’t Want to Go to Church

I recently read an article about a family who loved to hike. Actually, not all of them loved it. One son shared how every weekend, rain or shine, he was forced to put on his hiking shoes (yes, forced) and he was loaded into the family car for what he described as a boring, wasted…

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The Other Person Your Teen Needs

Even though we live on different ends of the province and only chat occasionally via cell phone, Mike is a good friend who always knows how to encourage me and isn’t afraid to say the hard things that need to be said to motivate me to move forward. His words matter to me because I…

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Sunday Rules

On Sundays when I was growing up, it didn’t matter if we were facing imminent danger or in the chaos of a disaster, or even on vacation, we were going to church. I can’t remember not being woken up every Sunday morning at 8:00am—because, of course, church was always preceded by a solid hour of…

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Widen the Circle

Pursue strategic relationships for your son or daughter. In a culture where community is not automatic and there are limited role models, parents should become intentional about finding spiritual leaders and mentors for their teens. Every son and daughter needs other adults in their lives who will say things that reflect what a parent would…

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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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A Father’s Note: “Doing What a Dad Can’t”

A couple years ago I received a short note from a dad who has one child involved in our youth program here at Bethany (and two others who were involved but now are at university out of town). It had a simple heading scribbled at the top of the page, “Doing What a Dad Can’t”. I…

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Four Reasons Your Teen Should go to Youth Group

Thanks for all you do to invest in your teenage children. Have you taken the time to reflect and ask yourself, “How do I get through each day?” It’s pretty amazing what we face each day raising our teenagers! On any given day you probably feel like an uber driver (ready to pick them up/drop…

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