PL Category: Youth

Self Control and Students

Self-control is one of the major factors to living a productive life. Self-control keeps us from overeating, overspending, overwatching, over-anything really. It helps us stay cool under pressure and keeps us from saying things we might regret. Self-control can help keep us focused when we have something we need to finish. Self-control can help us…

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5 Reasons Why Every Student Should Serve on a Mission Trip

1. Mission Trips Bring People Together. If you’ve ever been on a retreat or a serving opportunity before, you know how that experience can build community. Teenagers ride together, play together, eat together, stay up late together, get up tired together… “Together” is a powerful word. Students feel a deep sense of belonging and purpose…

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Lead like Love Matters

The Biblical Pharisees were a group of religious experts who specialized in strict observation of the Jewish law and tradition. These full-time rule followers were frequently at odds with Jesus. Wanting to trap him, one day they asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” No matter which command He offered up as an answer, they were…

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5 Strategies to Help Teens Cope with Stress

By Dr. Chinwé Williams Anxiety is a normal and unavoidable part of life, especially when experiencing something new or transitioning to a new stage in life. For teens, anxiety can show up in a number of ways: shortness of breath, picking of skin, feeling overwhelmed, or feelings of sudden panic are just a few. Anxiety…

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The Tension between Grace and Discipline

No one would pretend that raising kids is easy. It’s a constant tension between grace and discipline: Grace says: I love you. I see value in you. I will never quit on you. And discipline says: You can’t write on the walls in crayon. You can’t hit your brother on the head with a mixing bowl. You can’t…

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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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Commander, Coward or Coach?

You’ve probably seen them and maybe even winced a little – parents who relentlessly boss their children around and seem to think the louder the voice, the more authority conveyed. These kids fear moving a muscle out of place in fear of retribution. These parents are afraid of being out of control. Or maybe you’ve…

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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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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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Seven Symptoms of Too Much Social Media Use

Blog via Tim Elmore at https://growingleaders.com/blog/seven-symptoms-of-too-much-social-media-use/. According to Common Sense Media, 50% of teens say they are addicted to their cell phone. While CSM concludes more study is needed to determine how deep the digital addiction is, teens feel the symptoms and consequences of it. It’s a growing issue in middle class America. Two-thirds of parents,…

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