PL Category: Youth

Want a Better Relationship with your Teen? Try these…

I’m convinced every parent wants a better relationship with their teenager. There are plenty of books and online articles offering advice and guidance on just how to go about it. However none of it really helps unless we are willing to take action and actually change something. With our persistent busyness, we often don’t take…

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Parenting Teens: Control vs. Influence

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 be able to engineer outcomes forever. 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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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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