Navigating Self-Harm and Suicide

December 3, 2014 | 3 Comments

At 2:34 AM I receive a text from a student in my ministry: “My friend has been cutting herself, she says she wants to die. I don’t know what to do.” I wish I could tell you that this was an isolated incident but over the past ten years that I have been in youth… Read More »

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The Marriage Fight – Part 2

November 21, 2014 | No comments yet

If you missed part one of this series, make sure that you check it out here. The reality is, healthy marriages through the teenage years don’t just happen. When they occur it is because parents have made a conscious decision to invest into their marriage. A healthy marriage requires two people to learn to fight… Read More »


Nothing Is Private

October 20, 2014 | No comments yet

  Vanessa Hudgens – Actress – High School Musical, Spring Breakers, etc. Kim Kardashian – Rich person. Jennifer Lawrence – Actress – Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, etc. Kate Upton – Model Justin Verlander – Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers Kaley Cuoco – Actress – Big Bang Theory, 8 Simple Rules, etc. Kirsten Dunst –… Read More »


The Porn Myth

September 27, 2014 | No comments yet

You’d have to be a fool to believe that pornography is harmless, that it isn’t destroying families left and right. Countless marriages have been ripped apart by this menacing addiction and more and more parents are dealing with the reality that they can’t adequately keep it hidden from their children. Porn isn’t underground. It’s everywhere,… Read More »


The Trouble With Kik

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet

I want to preface this article with something. We have attempted to give you the reality of a few different apps that are potentially dangerous to teenagers. We have reviewed Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc. If you haven’t checked those out yet, we definitely encourage you to take a look. We don’t want parents (or us)… Read More »


Eliminating “I Told You So”

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet

I like being right…I mean I really enjoy it. There is a satisfaction that I get when I am right about something and someone else is wrong. Which is why what I am about to suggest is difficult even for me… It’s time for parents to eliminate the phrase “I told you so,” from our… Read More »


Eating Disorders: No Laughing Matter

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet

Guest Post by Katie Gilgenbach - Director of Wellness for FDLIC Eating disorders whether Anorexia, Bulimia, or binge eating are not to be taken lightly. Most teen girls and some boys have thought about or actually struggled with one or all of these disorders. You may be blind to the fact your child may be dealing… Read More »


3 Tips on Having a Solid Relationship With Your Disabled Teen

April 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

  Guest post by Sarah Turner No one walks through the valley of dealing with a disability more than a parent who watches his or her child struggle. Having dealt with Cerebral Palsy all of my life my parents and I have had a long journey to get to the relationship we have now, My… Read More »


Five Definitions Parents Need to Know

April 21, 2014 | No comments yet

One time I walked into the office of the IT guy on our staff, and had a conversation with him and 2 of our other audio/visual staff members. I sat for a good 5 minutes and listened to the words that were coming out of their mouths. I understood 100% of these words yet I… Read More »

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Instagram “Updated”

April 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

Hey Instagram, really? My job as a parent and as a youth pastor wasn’t hard enough, so you decided to go and make your app one of the scariest social media apps available? It was like Instagram sat down and thought, “How can we take the worst parts of a few apps, and combine them… Read More »