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Parenting Today's Teens

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Help for the parents of teenagers from Mark Gregston. Feed includes daily 1-minute and a weekend 30-minute program.
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Connection Through Correction

As a parent, you need to check your ego at the door. When your teen makes a mistake, it's not an opportunity to showcase your authority, but rather to respond in a way that paves the path to their growth. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore historical methods of discipline and contrast them with more constructive approaches that prioritize the child's learning and relationship with parents. They offer practical advice on how to approach teens when they misstep by using strategic conversation starters, asking insightful questions and avoiding damaging accusations. Remember that confrontation, handled with love and understanding, isn't just resolving today's issue — it's teaching important life skills for tomorrow. Listen now!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/23/202417 minutes, 42 seconds
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Finding Balance in Our Expectations

As parents, we love our children deeply, and naturally, we want the best for them. But, our expectations can sometimes convey a pursuit of perfection, which is overwhelming for our kids. In this show, Mark draws from his personal experiences and the struggles of colleagues to illustrate how perfectionism can inadvertently place immense pressure on teens, skewing their perceptions of love and acceptance. He advises parents to foster genuine relationships and understanding, ultimately guiding teens to find comfort in their own imperfections. Don't miss this episode!For more help understanding what's going on in your teen's life and the challenges they face, check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen Is Struggling." Order your copy at bit.ly/teen-is-strugglingParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/22/202424 minutes, 36 seconds
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Teen Stories: When Depression Takes Hold

In the overwhelming, high-pressure culture we live in, more teens than ever are dealing with depression. It's sometimes hard for parents to see what the root cause is, but in today's episode, Mark chats with two Heartlight teens who offer insights on their battles with depression. The two young ladies share reflections on how they were impacted by shifting family dynamics, isolation, social media and more. Join us as we listen to their powerful stories!Is Heartlight right for your struggling teen? Learn more today at heartlightministries.orgParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/21/202427 minutes, 55 seconds
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More Than Meets the Eye: Unpacking Bad Behavior

Are you struggling to understand your teen's behavior? You're not alone. Many parents only see the "fruit" (behavior) without recognizing the "root" (underlying issues). In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the complex underlying issues that manifest as problematic behavior in teenagers. By exploring real-life scenarios, such as a teen's struggle with alcohol and risky behaviors, they look at how surface actions often mask deeper emotional distress. Listen in now!Looking for more parenting guidance based on biblical truths? Our Family Devotional Bundle is a great place to start! Check it out at bit.ly/family-devotionalParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/20/202412 minutes, 20 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Self-Worth, Substance Use and Secret Lives

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions sent in by parents, addressing concerns such as an adopted teen dismissing consequences and a daughter secretly experimenting with drugs despite maintaining a perfect façade at school. He explores the possibility that such behaviors might be cries for help, stemming from a need for validation or a fear of rejection. For practical tips on encouraging value and self-worth in teens while maintaining a supportive, understanding relationship, listen now!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/17/20247 minutes, 9 seconds
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What Teens Wish Parents Knew

Fostering open communication in families is crucial. As parents, our role includes creating spaces where our kids feel safe and heard. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd delve into what teens secretly wish their parents knew about them but often feel unable to express. Through heartfelt stories and insightful discussions, they offer parents practical advice on how to create a nurturing environment where teens feel safe to share their deepest thoughts and feelings. Remember, it's not about being perfect parents but about being present and receptive — tune in now!For more help understanding your teen's behavior, check out our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course! Enroll today at bit.ly/3PtDGxlParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/16/202411 minutes, 33 seconds
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What Will You Be Remembered For?

Legacy isn't about big achievements — it's about the emotional and spiritual support you provide to your family that resonates through generations. Investing in those relationships is one of the most important things you can do! In today's show, Mark dives deep into the essence of cultivating meaningful relationships with your teens and how these interactions form the backbone of a lasting legacy. He emphasizes the importance of listening, understanding and truly connecting with your teen. Tune in now!For more on cultivating meaningful relationships with your teens, check out our free "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen" e-course! Enroll now at bit.ly/stay-engaged-courseParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/15/202418 minutes, 23 seconds
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Teen Stories: The Roots of Rebellion

For some teens, rebellion might be a way of testing limits with their parents, but oftentimes, there's something deeper going on behind the scenes. In today's episode, Mark sits down with two teens from Heartlight, including one young lady who opens up about her battles with depression, the impact of traumatic experiences and issues stemming from being adopted. She reflects on why she defied her adoptive parents' rules and how they're mending the relationship. Listen in!To find out more about Heartlight, visit heartlightministries.orgParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/14/202422 minutes, 22 seconds
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Letting Go Gracefully: Tips on Raising Independent Teens

Hearing your teen say, "I can do this on my own!" can be conflicting. While it might feel like rebellion or them pushing you away, it's usually a sign of budding independence. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the journey of nurturing independence in our teenagers. They explore how to recognize and encourage signs of growing autonomy and discuss the delicate balance between guiding and letting go. Listen in for some great insights!If you've ever lost a furry friend, you know how painful that experience can be. Mark's book, "Where's Stitch?" provides support for families as they walk through losing a pet. Order your copy at wheresstitchbook.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/13/202417 minutes, 21 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Online Safety, Delayed Maturity and Sensitive Teen Topics

Parenting has always been challenging, but today's teens encounter unique emotional and developmental hurdles shaped by societal shifts and the influence of digital communication. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston addresses pressing questions from listeners, from managing relationships and navigating the pitfalls of social media use among kids to addressing the psychological needs of those battling depression and ADHD. Whether you're struggling with tech-related issues or searching for the right time to discuss sensitive topics with your teenager, this episode has something for every parent — listen now!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/10/202420 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bridging the Gap: Effective Communication Strategies with Teens

Are you struggling to connect with your teenager in a world crowded with texts, social media and generational gaps? In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle the often overlooked but essential art of effective communication with your kid. They discuss the importance of engagement, asking the right questions, and building relationships through consistent and sincere one-on-one time. Remember, it's not about lectures but about establishing a foundation of trust, valuing their opinion and, above all, showing them you care. Don't wait for a crisis to build bridges — tune in now!For more help understanding your teen's behavior, check out our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course! Enroll today at bit.ly/3PtDGxlParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/9/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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Guiding Teens Through Their Darkest Times

Parenting is never straightforward, especially when you're thrown curveballs you never saw coming. In today's episode, we’re diving into the struggles parents face when their children go through serious issues. Through personal anecdotes and stories from various families, Mark highlights the initial shock and eventual acceptance that parents experience upon discovering their child's poor choices. He also reflects on his own journey of misunderstanding and ultimately reconnecting with his son during a troubling time. Listen in!For more help navigating the ups and downs of parenting, check out our Teen Struggle Bundle at bit.ly/struggle-bundleParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/8/202432 minutes, 29 seconds
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Teen Stories: Managing Mental Health

So many teens today are battling anxiety and depression, leaving them vulnerable to self-destructive coping mechanisms. As shown by the impactful interviews in today's show, it's important to create a strong support system at home. Mark sits down with two young ladies from Heartlight, whose discussions shed light on the reasons behind their struggles with anger, depression and substance abuse, and how they are finding new pathways to healing and happiness. Listen in now!To find out more about the Heartlight program, go to heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/7/202420 minutes, 39 seconds
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Finding Hope in the Chaos

Conflict with our teens isn't just a challenge — it’s an opportunity for growth and learning. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss how facing these moments head-on can lead to a deeper understanding and a stronger relationship with your teen. They offer practical advice on engaging constructively with your teen during tough periods and working through your differences. Whether you're struggling with little day-to-day battles or trying to make big changes, this episode offers guidance on creating a supportive environment where every family member can thrive. Tune in!For more on effective communication, check out our FREE e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," at bit.ly/bridging-the-gap-courseParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/6/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Intimacy, Influence and Interfaith Relationships

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions sent in by parents navigating the turbulent waters of teen romance. Tune in as he discusses tough topics like managing your kid's dating choices when they don't align with family values, addressing crushes that cross religious lines and handling the delicate situation of a teen becoming sexually active. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining a strong, non-judgmental relationship with teens as they journey through their formative romantic experiences. Tune in to gain guidance on how to support your child through the complexities of young love, intimacy and maintaining family connections!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/3/202424 minutes, 22 seconds
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Why Do Teens Lie?

Our kids are navigating through a reality shaded by social media and cultural pressures, where lying seems all too common. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle the pervasive issue of dishonesty among teenagers. They explore the various reasons teens may lie, from avoiding consequences and portraying a certain image to fear of losing relationships or facing embarrassment. They also discuss the delicate balance of addressing lies, setting up opportunities for teens to come clean and ensuring that, as parents, we don't miss the deeper issues behind a teen's dishonest behavior. Tune in now!Want to learn how to better connect with your child? Check out our free e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," at bit.ly/3DWPwunParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/2/20249 minutes, 54 seconds
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Sharing Wisdom in Your Teen's World

Wisdom isn't just about age — it's about tapping into our experiences and sharing them meaningfully. You've got stories worth telling and lessons worth sharing, but you need to make them relevant to the world your teen lives in. In this episode, Mark explores the timeless task of imparting wisdom to our teens without alienation or judgment. He shares reflections on his own teen years that debunk the notion that the past was better, urging parents to connect with teens rather than criticize. Tune in now!For more on this topic, check out "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order your copy today at bit.ly/contrary-cultureParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
5/1/202427 minutes, 51 seconds
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Teen Stories: Craving Validation

When teens struggle with perfectionism or low self-esteem, social media can seem like an easy way to get validation — but unfortunately, it often makes the problem worse. In today's show, Mark talks with two young ladies from Heartlight, including Carly, who opens up about the repercussions of bullying on her self-esteem. She reflects on rebelling against her parents and getting obsessed with her phone, seeking the opinions and approval of others on social media. Tune in to these insightful interviews!Is Heartlight the answer for your struggling teen? Learn more about the program at heartlightministries.orgParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/30/202419 minutes
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Protecting Purity: Approaching the Conversation With Wisdom

Each stage of parenting presents its own challenges, and arguably, none are as daunting as the teen years, a time when kids encounter complex issues, including those related to sexuality and relationships. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd address the challenging topic of maintaining teen purity amidst a culture saturated with messages of sexual promiscuity. They encourage parents to engage with their teens about this issue openly to protect and prepare them for healthier, happier relationships. Listen in now!For more practical advice on helping your teens navigate these issues, check out our eBook, "Teens and Dating." Download it at bit.ly/teens-and-datingParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/29/20248 minutes, 37 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Pornography, Power Struggles and Parental Influence

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston tackles tough conversations that can leave any parent feeling lost. Whether it's the struggle to converse with a defiant teen, the heartache of a mother discovering her son viewing porn or the desire to stay connected with a grown-up daughter living with her boyfriend, he offers empathy, realistic advice and encouragement. If you’re a parent who is earnestly trying to bridge gaps and build a stronger bond with your teen, listen now!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/26/202419 minutes, 18 seconds
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Balancing Protection and Autonomy

Helicopter parenting, while well-intentioned, can hinder our teenagers from developing the necessary skills to succeed in the real world. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore the pitfalls of over-protecting our kids, and the challenges of letting go. They emphasize the importance of entrusting teens with choices, managing the consequences of those choices effectively and celebrating their strides towards independence. Tune in now!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/25/202412 minutes, 41 seconds
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Big Impacts from Small Talk

Embracing the mundane, everyday moments with teens opens doors to deeper conversations. One of the best ways to show your child they matter is through attentiveness to the little things. Through the lens of 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, Mark shares anecdotes of his own journey in today's show, highlighting the valuable lessons he absorbed from mentors who chose to foster hope over criticism. He explains how the nurturing presence and wise words of role models helped shape his values and calling. Listen in!For more on connecting with your kids, check out our free "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen" e-course. Enroll now at bit.ly/bridging-the-gap-courseParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/24/202414 minutes, 44 seconds
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Teen Stories: What's Behind Bad Choices?

Teens make poor decisions for a lot of different reasons, but it's usually not just to be rebellious. Whether it's loneliness, a cry for love or projecting anger, there's always motivation behind the behavior. In today's show, Mark is joined by two young women from Heartlight who share the struggles they were going through before arriving at the boarding school. For Elizabeth, a tumultuous journey of broken trust and a desperate search for acceptance led to rule-breaking behaviors. Don't miss these interviews!To learn more about the Heartlight program, go to heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/23/202418 minutes, 13 seconds
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When Silence Builds Walls

Kids today are bombarded with info in ways previous generations never were. Imagine being a teen now, with nearly unlimited access to the world's knowledge — and its misinformation — through the internet. Open discussions with your kids matter more than ever, and that's what Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss in today's show. They emphasize the importance of encouraging open dialogue on sensitive topics and the dangers of letting silence build walls between parents and teens. Check it out!If you're a grandparent interested in learning to better connect with the teens in your life, check out the "Leaving a Legacy of Hope" e-course. Enroll today at bit.ly/legacy-ecourseParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/22/202417 minutes, 1 second
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Managing and Responding to Teen Attitude

In this episode, Mark Gregston tackles some of the toughest challenges facing parents, including managing a child's disrespect, addressing a teen's anxiety about activities and fostering open communication during family outings. Mark provides pragmatic advice for dealing with the delicate dynamics of a mother caught between a daughter and an angry father, as well as strategies for curtailing persistent disrespectful behavior without exacerbating tension. Listeners will also discover engaging questions to ask their teens on casual outings that can lead to meaningful conversations and deeper connections. With his heartfelt and experienced guidance, Mark equips parents with the tools to strengthen their relationships with their teens and navigate the rocky road of adolescence with grace and understanding. Tune in today!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/19/202414 minutes, 28 seconds
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Navigating Teen Responses to Stress: Fight, Flight or Freeze

Join Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd in this enlightening episode as they explore the typical stress responses exhibited by adolescents: fight, flight or freeze. The discussion delves into the underlying reasons for teens' outbursts of anger, their tendency to withdraw or run away, and the concerning signs of depression that can lead to seeking escape through unhealthy means. The hosts examine real-life scenarios provided by listener emails, offering valuable insights and practical advice on setting boundaries, understanding the need for coping mechanisms like gaming, and addressing the critical importance of seeking professional help when needed. This episode promises to empower parents with the tools to compassionately and effectively support their teens through the challenging dynamics of growing up in today's world. Listen in!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/18/202416 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Risks of Overparenting: Preparing Teens for the Real World

In this insightful episode, Mark Gregston ventures into the vital topic of teaching responsibility to adolescents, drawing upon Galatians 6:5 as a grounding principle. He shares a cautionary tale about a young lady named Rachel, whose over-involved parent ultimately hindered her ability to cope with adult challenges. Mark emphasizes the significance of the adolescent period as a critical time for parents to shift from protecting and providing to preparing their teens for the realities of adulthood. He encourages parents to find the delicate balance between being overbearing and hands-off, prompting a reflection on how best to guide their teens in becoming self-reliant, responsible individuals ready to bear their own load in life. Don't miss this important message to all parents!For more support on your parenting journey, check out our online store! Visit parentingtodaysteens.org/shop to browse all our resources. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/17/202420 minutes, 23 seconds
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Teen Stories: Navigating Loss, Adoption and Rebellious Behavior

In this episode, Mark Gregston engages in heartfelt conversations with Amber and Maggie, two Heartlight teens. Mark delves into the intricate webs of defiance, loss and the search for acceptance that led these young individuals to residential treatment. Amber shares her struggle with anger stemming from childhood revelations about her adoption and subsequent life events, such as the death of loved ones. Maggie recounts her journey toward healing from substance abuse and disrespect that was fueled by a deep sense of pain and a desire for control. Both stories underscore their ongoing processes of reconciliation with their families and finding peace within themselves. Don't miss this compelling conversation!Visit heartlightministries.org to learn more about how the Heartlight residential program helps teens and their families.Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/16/202421 minutes, 38 seconds
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Beyond Correction: Building Loving Bonds with Your Teen

In this episode, hosts Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd address the vital yet often challenging task of cultivating healthy relationships with teens. Exploring the delicate balance between correction and connection, Mark emphasizes the importance of mutual respect and responsibility as foundations for a lasting parental bond. With a focus on communication, setting clear expectations and consistent parenting, Mark and Wayne provide listeners with actionable strategies to create an environment where teens can thrive and relationships can endure the tumultuous teen years. Be sure to tune in!For more on building healthy expectations within your family, check out "Developing Rules and Consequences." Order your copy at bit.ly/developing-rulesParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/15/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Gender Identity, Social Media and Romance Novels

In today's episode, Mark Gregston addresses a range of pressing questions submitted by parents. He offers deep insights into understanding the root causes of inappropriate behavior and the balance between setting boundaries and understanding your teen's underlying struggles. Mark addresses concerns about gender identity, the influence of social media on teens, consequences for skipping class, handling highly sexual content in romance novels and more — tune in now!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/12/202426 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Unexpected Rejection

Have you ever felt like you've been "fired" by your teenager? Parents often feel devastated when their teen pushes them away, making them feel unwanted and unneeded. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd delve into the underlying issues causing this rejection and explore how parents might unintentionally trigger these responses. They offer encouragement, highlighting how being dismissed by your child can serve as an opportunity for both personal growth and a turning point in the relationship. Tune in now!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/11/202418 minutes, 50 seconds
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Communicating With Compassion

Being a parent to teens means learning when to speak, hush or walk away. It's not about winning an argument — it's about deepening the bond and establishing a place of safety and rest for your teen. In today's episode, Mark shares insights on the importance of effective communication and the art of listening when navigating challenging conversations with teens. Drawing from his personal experiences, Mark emphasizes the value of creating a space for teens to express themselves, even when their views may differ from yours. Tune in!For more on creating healthy structure in your family, check out "Developing Rules and Consequences" at bit.ly/developing-rulesParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/10/202418 minutes, 37 seconds
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Teen Stories: A Path to Peace

Plenty of teens deal with anger, but if the root of it is never addressed, that anger can create much larger problems in their lives. In today's episode, Mark sits down with two Heartlight teens who have experienced struggles with drug addiction and anger management. For Ethan, deep-seated anger started at a young age, and he struggled to handle his emotions. He opens up about his journey to manage his anger and pride, and shares why addressing these things early on is crucial. Check it out!For more information about the Heartlight residential program, visit heartlightministries.orgParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/9/202422 minutes, 22 seconds
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Navigating the "I Don't Want to Go to Church" Conversation

Teenagers expressing disinterest in going to church can cause loads of inner turmoil for parents — but these are conversations that can help you better understand your teen's heart. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd address the importance of approaching the situation with understanding and openness, asking thoughtful questions to uncover the root of the reluctance. They also emphasize the need for parents to foster an environment where their teens can question and grow in their own faith and spiritual journeys. This is a great topic, so listen in!To browse all of our parenting resources, check out our online store! Go to parentingtodaysteens.org/shop Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/8/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Love, Loss and Lifestyle Choices

In today's episode, Mark Gregston tackles a wide variety of your questions. From fashion dilemmas and dealing with loss to understanding sexual orientation and handling the influence of today's entertainment on family values, Mark's parenting trinity remains the key to success. Even when you're at odds with your teen's choices, these principles — love, respect and open communication — hold true. Listen now!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/5/202435 minutes, 48 seconds
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“The Cost of Conflict Avoidance”

While it may initially seem like the more peaceful path, avoiding conflict with your teenager only leads to greater relational damage in the long run. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore how sidestepping conflict can harm the parent-teen dynamic by heightening tension and stress, creating emotional distance and limiting the depth of the relationship. They provide practical guidance for parents who are ready to face conflict head-on, emphasizing the importance of scheduling dedicated discussions and modeling healthy conflict resolution. Don’t miss out — tune in now!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/4/202415 minutes, 30 seconds
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Life Lessons from a Near-Drowning Experience

In today's episode, Mark shares a deeply personal and harrowing experience that serves as a powerful reminder of the challenges and unexpected twists life can bring. During a snorkeling trip, Mark found himself in a life-threatening situation that forced him to confront his mortality and left him with invaluable insights. Mark explains how his experience now reminds him of the struggles families encounter in the ever-changing landscape of parenting. As he reflects on his near-drowning incident, he shares the parallels between his battle for breath and the feelings of helplessness that many parents face with struggling teens. This is a powerful episode, so tune in!Is your family walking through a tough season right now? Our Families in Crisis online course can help. Get started today at bit.ly/FIC-courseParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/3/202423 minutes, 18 seconds
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Teen Stories: Seeking Belonging

Adoption is a beautiful thing, but as adopted kids get older, they can face unique challenges — many of them related to feeling abandoned or like they don't belong. In today's episode, Mark sits down with a couple more teens from Heartlight, including Glenn, an adopted teen whose journey through mental health challenges began early in his life. He candidly shares about his experiences with adoption, loss and finding acceptance, along with how the boarding school has changed him. Listen in!To find out if the Heartlight program is right for your teen, go to heartlightministries.org.Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/2/202422 minutes, 40 seconds
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Teens and Faith: Figuring It Out Together

In today's fast-paced world, it's not uncommon for teens to challenge and even stray from their long-held beliefs. This is an issue that many Christian parents find disheartening, but it's vital to approach your child with understanding and grace. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share insights on how parents can respond to this challenge, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a loving and supportive relationship with your teens — even when they're questioning their beliefs. Tune in now!For more insights on common parenting challenges, check out our Parenting Toolbox bundle! Get yours at bit.ly/parenting-toolboxParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
4/1/202410 minutes, 55 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Prioritizing Relationship Over Behavior

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston encourages parents not to lose heart when faced with a teen who is experimenting with substances. He highlights how the power of parental love and consistent support can positively influence a teen's choices and behavior over time. Don’t let fear ruin your relationship with your teen! Instead of focusing solely on their behavior, prioritize building a deep, loving relationship where they can find solace without resorting to harmful habits. Tune in now!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/29/20244 minutes, 16 seconds
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Embracing Brokenness: A Path to Healing for Parents and Teens

When things are broken at home, life can seem hopeless. Whether you are a parent grappling with your own brokenness or seeking ways to support a struggling teen, there is power in acknowledging and addressing pain. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd shed light on the transformative power of facing brokenness head-on, fostering deeper connections within families and paving the way for healing and growth. They emphasize that despite the pain, being broken presents an opportunity to offer help and hope to others — it's in these difficult moments that we have the chance to become more like Christ. Listen now!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/28/202413 minutes, 31 seconds
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Are You Nurturing Your Teen's Spirit?

Every conversation with our teens builds trust and lays the foundation for deeper, more meaningful discussions. As Mark explains in today's episode, it's in these everyday interactions that we can shape their worldview and sense of self-worth. He delves into the importance of building trust and offering encouragement in small conversations, and how the wise words and positive influence of others can shape a person's character. Tune in to this encouraging episode now!For more insights on connecting with your child, enroll in our FREE "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen" e-course! Visit bit.ly/bridging-the-gap-course to get started. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/27/202414 minutes, 43 seconds
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Teen Stories: Self-Sabotage

So many of our teens today struggle with depression — and plenty of them aren't equipped with good coping mechanisms. Instead, they turn to behaviors that only worsen their mental health. In today's episode, Mark sits down with two young ladies from Heartlight, including Hannah, who bravely shares her deeply personal struggles with depression, self-harm and a journey of destructive behaviors, tracing the origins back to a traumatic event in her childhood. These stories are impactful — don't miss them!To learn more about the Heartlight residential program, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/26/202419 minutes, 36 seconds
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Parent or Pal: Striking the Right Balance in Your Teen's Life

Are you trying too hard to be your teen's friend? In today's episode of Parenting Today's Teens, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the importance of prioritizing the relationship with your teen over "winning" as a parent. They discuss the significance of communication, inclusivity, rules and the distinction between being a relational parent and being a friend to your teen. They also address how to rebuild a rocky relationship with your teen and why you should own your mistakes. Listen in now!Our teens need the wisdom of grandparents more than ever, and it's important to learn how to connect! Order your copy of "Grandparenting Today's Teens" today at bit.ly/grandparenting-teensParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/25/202414 minutes, 31 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Lying, Loneliness and Love

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston addresses pressing questions from parents, touching on everything from handling consequences for a 17-year-old's lies and skipping college classes, to managing relationships, including a daughter's close bond with her boyfriend and a stepdaughter's yearning for more involvement from her biological father. Moreover, he provides insights into guiding teens through emotional pain and addressing communication challenges at the dinner table. Listen now for practical, biblically sound advice!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/22/202420 minutes, 17 seconds
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Balancing Protection with Preparedness

It's always good to remember that our role as parents is not just to protect teens from pain, but to equip them with the resilience and understanding to navigate through it. That's what'll help them in the real world! In this episode, Mark reflects on a story about getting hurt that taught him a lot, and shares insights into the importance of allowing children to experience and learn from pain to a certain extent. Tune in to learn more about the role pain plays in growth and development!For more on helping your teen get through a challenging time, order a copy of "When Your Teen is Struggling," at bit.ly/teen-is-strugglingParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/20/202420 minutes, 14 seconds
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Teen Stories: Growing Through Pain

For kids who've gone through trauma and instability, finding — and keeping — a sense of control can feel incredibly important. But the need to always be in control can hold them back from who they were meant to be. In today's show, Mark talks with two young ladies from Heartlight who both reflect on their experiences at the boarding school. For Megan, who struggled with anger and control issues when she first arrived, learning to open up and embrace change has deeply shifted her perspective. Don't miss these interviews! If you'd like to learn more about how the Heartlight program works, go to heartlightministries.orgParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/19/202420 minutes, 42 seconds
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Are You Missing the Meaningful Moments?

As parents, we often get absorbed in our own activities and miss crucial moments with our teens. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss why it's vital to recognize and seize opportunities for connection with our kids. They delve into the idea of missed opportunities within families and the impact they can have on teens and future generations. Using personal stories, they explore the importance of intentionally engaging with teens, asking open-ended questions and being present to address their struggles. Check it out!For more on intentional engagement if you have grandkids, check out Mark's book, "Grandparenting Teens." Order your copy at bit.ly/grandparenting-teensParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/18/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Dating, Faith, Identity and Independence

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston tackles pressing parental concerns head-on. From navigating teen dating and phone use to addressing sexual identity and rebellion, Mark offers not just answers, but actionable advice. He underscores the significance of open communication, boundaries, counseling and maintaining parental influence through each trial of adolescence. Tune in now for the encouragement and guidance you've been seeking!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/15/202425 minutes, 55 seconds
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Should You Be Friends With Your Teen?

Are you struggling to find the balance between friendship and parenting with your teen? Today’s parents often strive to have a close relationship with their kids, but in doing so, may blur the lines of authority. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the challenges of maintaining authority while fostering a healthy relationship with teens. They discuss the pitfalls of prioritizing friendship over leadership, and the impact it could have on your child's development — listen now!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/14/202412 minutes, 22 seconds
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Do You Have a Flexible Parenting Approach?

As parents, we all want strong, positive relationships with our teens. But what happens when those relationships become strained? In this episode, Mark highlights the influence of today's culture and how it's changing the nature of our connection with our children. Mark encourages parents to reevaluate their parenting strategies and adapt to the changing dynamics, emphasizing the need for a deep and trusting connection with their teens. Tune in now!For more insight into your teen's world, read Mark's book, "What's Happening To My Teen?" Order your copy at bit.ly/whats-happening-teenParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/13/202417 minutes, 21 seconds
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Teen Stories: Finding the Way Forward

Trauma at any age can be devastating. For teens, who often haven't yet developed the coping skills they need to work through grief or bad experiences, it can feel like the pain will never end. In today's show, Mark talks with two young ladies from Heartlight, including Zoe, who lost her father at a young age and faced the challenge of dealing with grief and self-harm. Her father's death left a hole in her heart, but as time goes on, she's beginning to heal. Don't miss these powerful stories!Is Heartlight the right solution for your struggling teen? Learn more at heartlightministries.org. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/12/202419 minutes, 55 seconds
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What Every Parent Should Know About Navigating Social Media

Parenting teens in the digital age comes with challenges no generation has seen before. We're all learning as we go! In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the complex world of social media and its impact on teens. From understanding the allure of social media to setting boundaries and guiding teens through the potential pitfalls, they offer valuable wisdom and practical advice for parents trying to build a deeper relationship with their kids. Listen in now!For more help guiding your teens through today's challenges, check out "Developing Rules and Consequences." Order your copy at bit.ly/developing-rulesParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/11/202418 minutes, 40 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Is Tough Love Still Unconditional Love?

Your teen always needs to feel your love unconditionally, but sometimes, a tougher love is required. In today's episode, Mark Gregston addresses pressing questions on parenting troubled teens, dealing with grief, and supporting those with addiction and gender identity struggles. He discusses the importance of affirming relationships, accommodating grief and approaching difficult situations with empathy and understanding. Listen now for advice on how to show unconditional love while maintaining boundaries!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/8/202421 minutes, 57 seconds
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Privacy vs. Protection in the Digital Realm

As technology continues to evolve, it's crucial for parents to adapt right along with it. Balancing trust, privacy and safety in the online world is a unique, and relatively new, challenge. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the importance of understanding the dynamics of online interaction and providing a supportive yet supervised digital environment for teens to safely socialize in. From time limits and location restraints to password sharing, they highlight the need for clear expectations and consequences regarding online behavior within set boundaries. Tune in for valuable advice on navigating the digital landscape with your teen!For more help understanding your teen's behavior, check out our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course! Enroll today at bit.ly/3PtDGxlParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/7/202411 minutes, 22 seconds
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What Does Your Journey to Genuineness Look Like?

The process of facing rejection and hurtful experiences can lead to a journey of genuineness and authenticity. As Mark explains in today's episode, it's important for a parent to work on unresolved issues — otherwise, they might come out in how you interact with your teens. Mark reflects on being fired twice in his life and the profound impact those experiences had on him. He shares how these challenges led him to embark on a journey of self-discovery, offering lessons for parents navigating the complexities of raising struggling teens. Don't miss this episode!For more advice on connecting with your child, take our FREE e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen" at bit.ly/bridging-the-gap-courseParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/6/202416 minutes, 37 seconds
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Teen Stories: When Technology Turns Harmful

Social media and technology can be used in a lot of positive ways — but for teens, there are also a lot of ways it can hurt. In today's episode, Mark sits down with a couple more Heartlight teens, including a young lady who was manipulated by a peer into sending explicit photos of herself. Through her story, she sheds light on the struggles of seeking affirmation and acceptance at a vulnerable age, ultimately leading to an important realization of the value of true friendship and family support. Listen in!If you think Heartlight might be the answer for your struggling teen, visit heartlightministries.org to learn more. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/5/202420 minutes, 34 seconds
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Keeping Up With Your Teen

Today's teens — and parents — seem busier than ever! In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the challenges of today's busy world and its impact on teens. They discuss the importance of intentional engagement with your teens despite packed schedules, offering practical strategies and advice for parents seeking to connect with their kids on a deeper level. Join us as we explore why staying engaged with your teen's life will help in the years to come!For more insights into your teen's world, enroll in our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course at bit.ly/tough-guys-drama-queensParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/4/202415 minutes, 1 second
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I Mustache Mark a Question: The Search for Connection and Identity

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston tackles pressing questions sent in by parents as they navigate the complexities of raising teens in today's world. Mark provides invaluable guidance on addressing anxiety, navigating the digital landscape, discussing sexuality, tackling academic disinterest and much more. He shares practical strategies for navigating tough conversations, affirming identity amidst confusion and striking a balance between guidelines and independence. Listen now for tips on how to mirror the authenticity, understanding and love that our kids so desperately need!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
3/1/202433 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Power of Pain

As parents, it can be tough to watch our teens struggle. But if we want our children to grow in character and perseverance, we've got to resist the temptation to rescue them from every hardship. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd emphasize the importance of not shielding our teens from the natural consequences of their actions, outlining how this can be a key factor in their development. Our job is not to eliminate pain, but to take advantage of the opportunity that it provides to prepare our kids for the real world — tune in now!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/29/202414 minutes, 16 seconds
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Navigating the Maze of Teen Struggles

In today's show, Mark shares a personal devotional about the pursuit of peace in relationships and the importance of allowing relationships to survive conflict. He shares stories of heartache, loss and hope, and offers guidance to parents struggling with their teens. Mark encourages parents to invest in their child's future and to not give up, emphasizing the importance of taking action and being actively involved during difficult times. Tune in for this encouraging episode!For more on this topic, check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen Is Struggling." Order your copy at bit.ly/teen-is-strugglingParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/28/202417 minutes, 15 seconds
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Teen Stories: The Weight of Expectations

The teenage years are full of pressures — big and small — everything from trying to do well on a test to figuring out your identity. In today's show, Mark chats with two young ladies from Heartlight, including Emily, who discusses her battle with anxiety, perfectionism and the lingering desire for validation. It's a powerful reminder of the pressure teens face to fit in and excel, and her journey at Heartlight shows the importance of navigating mental health challenges with empathy and support. Don't miss these interviews!Interested in learning more about the Heartlight program? Go to heartlightministries.orgParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/27/202421 minutes, 40 seconds
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Building Trust with Teen Grandkids

Building trust with grandchildren is all about deciding when to share your wisdom and perspective, and when to give them space to seek their own answers. But once you've found the balance, you can create a wonderful relationship! In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the important role that grandparents play in their grandchildren's lives. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of grandparenting, the need for intentional engagement, and the impact of storytelling and unconditional love. Listen in!For more help connecting with teens, take our FREE e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen." Enroll at bit.ly/stay-engaged-courseParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/26/202414 minutes, 51 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Reaching Your Teen's Heart

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who need guidance on everything from vaping and drinking to divorce and blended families. Mark shares that while the nature of issues may evolve, the core needs of every teen — belonging, relationships and a desire to appear older — remain constant. Understanding and addressing these needs, rather than solely focusing on controlling behavior, is the key. Tune in for valuable insights on how to connect with your teen on a deeper level and truly reach their heart!Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/23/202425 minutes, 41 seconds
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Building Character and Encouraging Integrity in Your Teen

Do you feel like you're talking to a brick wall when you preach your values to your teen? You can recite them all day long, but it's the silent lessons taught through your actions that have a lasting impact. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd delve into the important role of parents in helping their teens build good character and make positive choices. They emphasize the significance of intentional parenting and modeling integrity, honesty, grace and wisdom for teens to emulate. Listen now for advice on shaping yourself and your teen into a positive influence in today’s world!For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.comParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/22/202410 minutes, 47 seconds
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Letting Teens Take the Wheel

How much do you trust your teen? For many parents, this can be a hard question to answer. But at some point, gradually letting go of control is the best thing for your child — and for you! In today's show, Mark delves into the topic of control versus trust in the parent-teen relationship. He re-shares a personal anecdote of a family struggling with their son's rebellious behavior and how their extensive list of expectations led to a battle for control. He emphasizes the importance of giving teens the opportunity to make decisions and prove their maturity. Listen in now!For more on building healthy expectations within your family, check out "Developing Rules and Consequences." Order your copy at bit.ly/developing-rulesParenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/21/202421 minutes, 34 seconds
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Teen Stories: Turning Pain Into Progress

As drug use is increasingly normalized among our teens, so many of them turn to self-medicating when they're hurting or lonely. Tragically, this can start them on a path to addiction. In today's show, we hear from two Heartlight teens, including Gabe, who opens up to Mark about his journey from drug use to residential treatment. He discusses his troubled relationship with his family and how he quickly fell into addiction — but now, he's working to mend things. Tune in!Visit heartlightministries.org to learn more about how the Heartlight residential program helps teens and their families.Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/20/202419 minutes, 11 seconds
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Preparing for Peer Pressure

Peer pressure has been around for generations, it just manifests differently with today's teens than it used to. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd shed light on both the positive and negative aspects of peer pressure, providing valuable wisdom for parents seeking to support their teens through these challenges. They emphasize the vital role of nurturing strong relationships with teenagers so they can be prepared for the pressures they face. Join us for this great discussion!For more support on your parenting journey, check out our online store! Visit parentingtodaysteens.org/shop to browse all our resources. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/19/202414 minutes, 16 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Addressing Risky Teen Behavior

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston delves deep into listeners’ tough, but not uncommon, questions. From dealing with risky behaviors like vaping and sexual promiscuity to handling the emotional challenges of adoption, Mark offers his wisdom on creating strong, loving relationships that stand the test of teen turbulence. With compassion and humor, Mark highlights the value of setting boundaries and stresses the crucial role of open communication. Remember, every challenge is a doorway to connection — listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/16/202433 minutes, 3 seconds
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Five Markers of a Healthy Relationship With Your Teen

Have you ever stopped and thought about what really builds strong connections between people, especially your kids? Join hosts Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd as they unpack the essential elements that form lasting bonds between parents and teens. In this episode, discover the significance of quality time, deep conversations, clear expectations, grace and a commitment to lifelong learning from each other. Tune in now! For more help understanding your teen's behavior, check out our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course! Enroll today at bit.ly/3PtDGxl Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/15/202413 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Power of Perspective

In order to effectively communicate wisdom to your teens, you need to know how to share your perspective AND see theirs! The viewpoints may look very different, but with a little work, you both can find understanding. In today's show, Mark reflects on lessons he's learned in his own life about the power of perspective. He also highlights the importance of parents understanding and engaging differently with their teens while helping them see the bigger picture. Listen in for this great devotional episode! To dive deeper into more ways to help your teen, check out our Teen Struggle Bundle! Order yours at bit.ly/struggle-bundle Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/14/202420 minutes, 31 seconds
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Teen Stories: Mending the Broken Pieces

High school is a tough time for many teens, full of different experiences and challenges — and sometimes bad influences. In today's episode, Mark sits down with two teens who found themselves in a downhill spiral in high school, including one young lady who succumbed to bad influences after transferring schools, where she struggled to fit in at first. She also discussed her newfound understanding of love and forgiveness and the positive changes she's witnessing in herself during her time at Heartlight. Tune in now! Want to learn more about how the Heartlight program works? Visit heartlightministries.org today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/13/202418 minutes, 39 seconds
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Growing Up in a Changing World

As parents, we want to protect our kids. But if you spend too much time trying to control your teen's world, you'll never have the chance to teach them how to live in the real one. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd address the challenges faced by Christian parents who are navigating the delicate balance between setting boundaries and allowing their teens the freedom to explore. They delve into the issues of saying "no" too often and explore the importance of finding opportunities to say "yes" to help teens mature. Listen in! For more on this topic, check out "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at bit.ly/contrary-culture Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/12/202410 minutes, 55 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Discouraging Grades, Divorce and Disturbing Media

In this episode, Mark Gregston tackles pressing questions from parents about their teenagers' behavior and struggles. He shares valuable insights on connecting with reserved teens, guiding struggling students, addressing self-esteem issues, rebuilding after divorce, and navigating the allure of dark and disturbing content. Whether it's handling tough conversations or setting boundaries, Mark's wisdom serves as a roadmap for parents aiming to understand their kids better while fortifying their bond. Listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/9/202426 minutes, 43 seconds
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Parenting Is Not for the Faint of Heart

Feelings that aren't spoken out will be acted out. So, when actions speak louder than words, that’s your cue to dig a little deeper. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd encourage parents to move toward their teens during challenging times rather than pulling away as a remedy for the invisible issues plaguing their visible behavior. They remind us that conflict can be a precursor to change if we’re brave enough to extend grace and compassion alongside discipline. Tune in now! For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/8/202413 minutes, 4 seconds
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How Well Do You Understand Your Teen's World?

Our teens are growing up surrounded by a performance-driven, selfish culture. It leaves them overwhelmed and looking for real guidance — but you need to understand where they're coming from to be able to give them practical advice. In today's episode, Mark offers essential insights for parents navigating the complex challenges of raising teens in today's world. He explores the impact of the internet on teen communication, the culture of negativity, the prevalence of "know-it-alls" and the allure of living in a world of fantasy. Tune in now! For more on this topic, check out Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at bit.ly/contrary-culture Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/7/202424 minutes, 6 seconds
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Teen Stories: Rebuilding Communication Lines

When teens make poor choices or start spiraling, communication between kids and their parents often start shutting down, leading to more problems. In today's episode, Mark talks to two young ladies from Heartlight, both of whom talk about the importance of communication and understanding between parents and teens. They share how they longed for their parents to really listen and empathize with their struggles, rather than simply laying down rules. Listen in to these great interviews! Interested in learning more about the Heartlight program? Visit heartlightministries.org today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/6/202416 minutes, 45 seconds
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Handling Teen Struggles Without Stressing Your Marriage

If you're married, you've probably experienced the difficulties of keeping a united front with your spouse when your teen is struggling. So how do you protect your marriage when chaos strikes? In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore how the pressures of parenting a struggling teen can impact the dynamics of a marriage, offering practical advice on how to maintain a unity as parents and prioritize the health of the marital relationship. Listen in for these great tips! Want to learn how to better communicate with your teen? Check out our "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," e-course! Enroll now at bit.ly/bridging-the-gap-course Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/5/202417 minutes, 6 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Understanding Behavior and Setting Boundaries

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions submitted by parents about dealing with teens who don't seem to learn from consequences. He shares valuable insights on how to approach discipline, communicate effectively and stay calm when faced with challenging situations. From breached cell phone rules to finding vape paraphernalia, Mark has got you covered — listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/2/202421 minutes, 2 seconds
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Relationship First, Rules Second

If you’re relying on authority alone to get through to your teen, you won’t get very far. Kids are more likely to follow rules and accept consequences when they’re rooted in a solid relationship. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd delve into the crucial role of bonding with your teen before exercising your authority. Learn why a strong parent-teen relationship is key, how to establish relevant and beneficial rules and the importance of implementing fair consequences without using love as a bargaining chip — tune in now! Want to learn how to better connect with your child? Check out our free e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," at bit.ly/3DWPwun Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
2/1/202414 minutes, 5 seconds
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Keep Seeking Your Child's Heart

You can do all the "right" things as a parent and still not understand the hopes and fears inside your child's heart unless you cultivate a true relationship with them. In today's show, Mark shares his insights on parents' crucial role in guiding and nurturing teens. He emphasizes that parenting is about more than just imparting discipline and rules — it's about fostering meaningful connections that span generations. Listen in for his advice on relationship-building! To see our whole collection of parenting resources, check out our online store at parentingtodaysteens.org/shop Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/31/202419 minutes, 32 seconds
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Teen Stories: The Quest for Independence

Teens rarely rebel at random. All behavior — even the rebellious kind — is goal-driven. As we hear in today's stories, sometimes teens act out because they're seeking freedom and feel smothered by their parents. Mark sits down with two Heartlight teens, including Manny, who shares his personal struggles with strained family relationships, experimentation with drugs and the quest for independence. Tune in now! Interested in learning more about the Heartlight program? Go to heartlightministries.org today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/30/202417 minutes, 54 seconds
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Practical Parenting Tactics in a Me-Centric Culture

Does it sometimes seem like your teen expects the world to revolve around them? It's no secret — teens can be very selfish. So, what should you do to correct this behavior? In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd have a thought-provoking conversation about the impact of selfish behavior in teenagers and how it is affected by the environment they are raised in. They emphasize the need for intentional parenting and setting boundaries to address and change this behavior. Join us for this important discussion! For a dose of inspiration every day for your parenting journey, check out "Daily Hope For Families," Mark's latest devotional. Order yours at dailyhopeforfamilies.com  Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/29/202417 minutes, 11 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Controversial Conversations

As parents, it's essential to navigate tough conversations with teens while maintaining a deep relationship, even when faced with controversial issues. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston addresses questions sent in by parents on issues from transgender ideology and substance abuse to rebellion and peer pressure. He discusses the need for open communication, setting firm but fair boundaries and juggling the challenges of teens testing their autonomy. Tune in now for insightful advice on establishing your voice as a beacon of reason in a loud world! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/26/202427 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is Your Love Conditional?

Teens long to be loved unconditionally, especially when they deserve it the least. When kids feel that they'll lose love for making mistakes, they may resort to lying or seeking love in the wrong places. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd provide practical strategies for parents to communicate unconditional love to their teens, such as reining in negative comments, validating their kids regardless of how they perform and being careful in communicating expectations. Remember, our children need to know that they are loved deeply, not for what they do, but simply for who they are. It's a powerful message that can transform their lives — tune in now! For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/25/202414 minutes, 15 seconds
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Building Bridges, Not Walls

Being judgmental when your teen has made a mistake and needs help can build a wall between you that is hard to tear down. There's a time for consequences, but there is also a time for empathy and support. In today's episode, Mark discusses the importance of offering assistance rather than judgment, listening without imposing opinions, and engaging in open, non-judgmental dialogue with teenagers as they navigate life's challenges. Tune in for this insightful episode! Need some extra help overcoming conflict with your teen? Check out our Teen Struggle Bundle at bit.ly/struggle-bundle Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/24/202417 minutes, 46 seconds
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Teen Stories: Why Family Support Matters

Teens who are hurting may feel like the best thing to do is pull away and face their problems alone, but at the end of the day, having support from parents and grandparents can make all the difference. In today's episode, Mark talks with two more Heartlight teens, including Abby, who reflects on the pivotal role of her grandparents in her life when they stepped in to help raise her. Listen in now! If you've ever lost a pet, you know how deeply the loss of that special friendship can hurt. Mark wrote "Where's Stitch?" to help families navigate this grief, and you can order your copy today at wheresstitchbook.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/23/202418 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tackling Teen Entitlement

An entitled, demanding teen can be a nightmare. There are plenty of parents out there who feel this pain, but in today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd provide practical strategies for empowering parents to raise respectful teens. Their discussion emphasizes the significance of teaching financial responsibility and setting early expectations, highlighting the need for proactive parenting in today's world. Tune in now to hear their advice! For more on navigating behavioral issues with your teen, check out our free e-course, "Tough Guys and Drama Queens." Enroll today at bit.ly/tough-guys-drama-queens Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/22/202416 minutes, 42 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Guiding Teens with Grace

In today's episode, Mark Gregston responds to questions from parents, offering advice on everything from navigating relationship complexities to guiding a boundary-pushing 20-year-old and understanding troubled teen behavior. He advocates for a shift from teaching to training, highlighting the significance of relational engagement and the transformative power of grace and mercy. Tune in now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/19/202427 minutes, 58 seconds
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Discipline Without Shame

How parents respond to their teens' mistakes and missteps plays a significant role in the length of time kids spend in darkness and the type of relationship parents have with them. While guilt can serve as a healthy indicator of wrongdoing, shame can inflict deep emotional wounds that may hinder a teen's personal growth and development. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the difference between the two, emphasizing the need for parents to be intentional in their approach as they enforce consequences. Listen now! For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/18/202416 minutes, 24 seconds
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Letting Go of Perfect Parenting

Are you trapped in a cycle of trying to be a "perfect" parent? We all want to do the best we can for our kids — and have them do THEIR best — but chasing perfection can do more harm than good. In this episode, Mark shares a personal and thought-provoking devotional about the dangers of perfectionism in parenting. He discusses how parents' well-intentioned expectations can be interpreted as demands for perfection by their teens, and why open, honest communication is the way to go. Listen in now! For more on creating a genuine relationship with your teen, check out our Parenting Toolbox bundle! bit.ly/parenting-toolbox Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/17/202423 minutes, 49 seconds
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Teen Stories: Masking Emotions

Almost everyone has found themselves bottling up their feelings at one point or another — but if that habit keeps up, the bottle is bound to burst. In today's episode, Mark sits down with two teens from Heartlight, including Santana, who was court-ordered to come to the boarding school after facing legal trouble. He opens up about substance use and struggling with hiding his emotions behind a facade of "being okay." Listen in for these insightful interviews! Have you checked out our special Grandparenting Bundle? You can pick up yours today at bit.ly/grandparent-bundle. It also makes a great gift! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/16/202420 minutes, 13 seconds
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Do You Know How to Parent With Grace?

Extending grace to a teen who's acting out can be challenging, but responding to your teen's mistakes in a firm but gentle way can make a huge difference in your relationship. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd delve into the difference between grace and mercy, tackling the difficulties — and rewards — of showing grace to your teen. Mark shares some of his experiences living with high school kids and offers advice on how to apply grace in real-life parenting situations. Don't miss this great topic! Want to upgrade your parenting toolkit in the new year? Check out our e-courses at bit.ly/ptt-e-courses. There's something for everyone! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/15/202415 minutes, 28 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Growing with Your Teens

If you think your parenting journey ends at 18, think again. Join Mark Gregston in today’s episode, where he tackles pressing questions from parents with older adolescents. He addresses issues such as setting boundaries for older teens, the delicate balance of providing support while promoting independence and the role of parents in guiding their child's motivation and responsibility. Listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/12/202420 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to Ask Good Questions

Hey parents! Are you tired of getting one-word answers from your teen? Whether you're struggling to engage in meaningful conversations with your kid or simply want to enhance your communication skills, it all starts with asking questions that demand more than a yes or no. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss how good questions stimulate deep thought and help your teen find their own answers to life. It's time to help them learn to discuss, share and express themselves more fully — tune in now! To learn more about the Heartlight boarding school program, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/11/202412 minutes, 1 second
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Empowering Teens with Truth, Love and Intentional Conversations

Do you want to have a deep, lasting relationship with your teen? Intentionality is key! In this episode of Parenting Today's Teens, Mark shares insights on how to connect with your teen in a more meaningful way. Using personal stories and scripture, Mark emphasizes the importance of sharing wisdom with intentionality. Tune in to gain valuable insights on nurturing a deeper connection with your teen! Want to dive deeper into our collection of parenting resources? Visit our online store at parentingtodaysteens.org/shop Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/10/202428 minutes, 9 seconds
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Teen Stories: Internal Battles

The teenage years are full of ups and downs as our kids try to figure out who they are and how they fit into the world. But when self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy creep into the picture, it can lead them into a spiral. In today's interviews with Heartlight teens, Mark Gregson sits down with two young men, including a 16-year-old who opens up about his struggles with anxiety, depression and a feeling of never being good enough. Tune in to hear how he's developing healthy coping skills at the boarding school! Looking for more practical insights and tips to help you parent your teen through the tough adolescent years? Check out Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at bit.ly/contrary-culture Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/9/202420 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Pitfalls of Performance-Based Parenting

Our teens are faced with a world that judges them based on performance — whether it's their grades, their athletics or if they're keeping up with the latest makeup trends. If your child also feels like they need to gain your approval through performance, it can damage your relationship. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the topic of performance-based parenting and offer practical advice on moving toward your kids in their moments of struggle instead of pulling away. Listen in! If you're a grandparent (or will be one someday soon), check out our free Leaving a Legacy of Hope e-course! Get started today at bit.ly/legacy-ecourse Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/8/202413 minutes, 52 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries

In today's episode, Mark Gregston addresses some of the most challenging questions parents are facing in their relationships with their teens. From dealing with adopted children struggling with anger and mental health issues, to navigating conversations around sexual orientation and drug use, Mark offers practical and compassionate advice for parents. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong relationships with teens, setting boundaries and seeking outside support when facing difficult situations. Tune in to gain valuable insights into these pressing parenting issues. Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/5/202423 minutes, 7 seconds
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Raising an Independent Teen

Have you ever met a parent who dreams of their child being forever dependent on them? We bet not! In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the challenges of understanding and supporting a teen's need for independence. Offering four practical ways to make this transition smoother, they stress the importance of trusting teens with responsibilities, even while they're still learning. Tune in now for essential insights! For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/4/202413 minutes, 31 seconds
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What Do Teens Really Want?

All behavior is goal-oriented, but sometimes, it can be really hard to see what your teen's goal was when they make a bad decision or act out of character. What are they actually looking for? In today's episode, Mark shares a personal devotional on understanding what teenagers truly want. He discusses the impact of internet communication on today's teens and the need for parents to help fill the communication and connection gap. Listen in for this thought-provoking topic! Are you trying to guide your teen through a tough time? Check out our Teen Struggle Bundle for resources that will help! Go to bit.ly/struggle-bundle Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/3/202424 minutes, 6 seconds
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Teen Stories: Healing the Wound of Rejection

Part of being a teen is trying to figure out where you fit in, and, unfortunately, feeling rejected sometimes comes with the territory. But for many adopted teens, rejection can open up old wounds. In today's episode, Mark sits down with two young ladies from Heartlight, including Anna Grace, who shares her powerful story of adoption from Russia and her journey of overcoming feelings of rejection and abandonment to finding her self-worth and acceptance. Don't miss these stories! If you'd like to learn more about the Heartlight residential counseling program, visit heartlightministries.org. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/2/202419 minutes, 59 seconds
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Starting Fresh: Practical Tips for a New Year

Happy New Year, listeners! We're wishing the very best for you and your loved ones in 2024! In today's holiday episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle the topic of making a fresh start in the new year with your family. They discuss the importance of reflecting on the past year and making changes for the year ahead, while sharing practical ways to identify and communicate the need for change. Listen in! Looking for some new parenting resources to kick off the new year? Check out our online store! parentingtodaysteens.org/shop Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
1/1/202413 minutes, 37 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: The Search for Identity

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers pressing questions from parents dealing with everything from a senior son who's checked out of school, to addressing substance abuse, the loss of friends and navigating a post-divorce life. Mark reminds us that walking alongside our teens and making an effort to understand their journey of self-discovery is the key to guiding them toward healthier paths. Don't miss out on the wealth of wisdom to better understand and support your kid during their tumultuous adolescent years — tune in now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/29/202319 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Power of Forgiveness

Holding onto bitterness can be detrimental to any family. Teens will make mistakes and disappoint, but as parents, forgiveness is the release valve that prevents bitterness from building up and causing explosive situations. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the necessity of forgiveness and grace in a home with teens, emphasizing the importance of letting go and not allowing the past to define the future with your kid. They remind us that complete forgiveness is vital for deeper, more authentic relationships, and it requires trust in God to fill the void created by hurt. Tune in now! Make a lasting impact with your year-end gift! Visit https://parentingtodaysteens.org/eoy/ to make a gift that will help us reach more struggling parents with the tools they need to help their teens. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/28/202314 minutes, 54 seconds
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Cherishing Everyday Moments

Life with busy teens is hectic, and it can be hard to slow down and enjoy the small moments. But at the end of the day, they can be some of the most important. In today's show, Mark reflects on the life lessons that taught him to understand the value of the present moment. Sharing heartfelt insights, Mark urges us to invest time in creating lasting memories with our kids and grandkids. Don't miss this topic! For more ideas on making the most of time with your kids, check out our free e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen," at bit.ly/stay-engaged-course Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/27/202319 minutes, 25 seconds
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Teen Stories: Mismatched Expectations

When parents and teens have different ideas of how the teen's life should look, it can lead to frustration, disappointment and hurt feelings. Learning to communicate appropriate expectations is key! In today's episode, Mark sits down with some young men from Heartlight, including Tucker, who shares his experiences with conflicted family relationships and the struggle to be accepted for who he truly is. Listen in now! Interested in learning more about the Heartlight residential program? Visit heartlightministries.org today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/26/202320 minutes, 39 seconds
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Creating a Safe Harbor at Home

Merry Christmas, Parenting Today's Teens family! In today's special holiday episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the challenges of parenting in a constantly changing world. They share insights on how parents can create a lasting relationship with their teens, communicate effectively and provide a safe harbor at home for kids struggling with anxiety. Listen in now! If you'd like to help our ministry continue expanding resources for parents, please consider making a year-end gift at parentingtodaysteens.org/eoy Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/25/202317 minutes
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Loving Unconditionally Without Compromise

In today's episode, Mark Gregston tackles pressing questions from parents grappling with issues like the value of integrity and handling unbiblical sexuality without compromise. His advice underscores the importance of setting an example through actions, fostering a comfortable home environment and maintaining love and acceptance in the face of challenging situations. Tune in now for valuable insights! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/22/202321 minutes, 7 seconds
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7 Keys for Building a Lasting Relationship

Are you a parent looking to strengthen your relationship with your teen? Today's fast-paced world makes building and maintaining a strong bond with your kid quite the challenge. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share seven keys to building a strong, healthy connection with your adolescent. From believing in your child and being honest about your own mistakes to encouraging open discussions and consistently expressing love, these insights provide valuable guidance for parents. Tune in now! To learn more about the Heartlight boarding school program, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/21/202314 minutes, 23 seconds
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Recognizing Normal Teen Behavior — and Red Flags

Plenty of parents don't feel like they know what "normal" teen behavior is supposed to look like in today's culture. Do they have a messy room because they're depressed? Or are they just distracted with the busyness of life? In today's show, Mark provides a list of typical behaviors exhibited by teenagers, highlighting the need for parents to have realistic expectations. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing when behaviors cross the line and require prompt intervention or professional help. Tune in now! For more on understanding teen behavior, check out Mark's book, "What's Happening To My Teen?" Order yours at bit.ly/whats-happening-teen Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/20/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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Teen Stories: Coping With Change

Whether it's moving across the country or watching family dynamics shift around you, dealing with big life changes is hard at any age. In today's episode, Mark sits down with two more teens from Heartlight to hear their unique stories. Andrew opens up about how moving a lot as a child impacted him, while Heather shares her emotional journey through her parents' divorce and the impact it had on her self-worth and relationships. Don't miss these compelling interviews! Right now, you can make a lasting impact on teens and families with your year-end gift. Visit parentingtodaysteens.org/eoy to make a difference this holiday season! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/19/202322 minutes, 43 seconds
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Parenting Solo: Finding Hope and Support

Single parenting without spousal support can be tough, but you can still have a thriving, deep relationship with your teen as you walk through life together. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd offer encouragement, practical tips and hope for parents navigating the difficulties of unsupported parenting. They also touch on the importance of self-care, community and finding rest in the midst of parenting challenges. If you're a single parent, you don't want to miss this episode! To explore more parenting resources, check out our online store at parentingtodaysteens.org/shop Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/18/202314 minutes, 6 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Tough Talks

Those heart-to-heart talks that might feel like a challenge, are usually the glue that bonds parents and teens. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers pressing questions from parents about how to successfully navigate hard conversations. He addresses topics from racism and politics to porn sexuality. Listen now to hear his advice! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/15/202320 minutes, 46 seconds
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Addressing Teen Sexuality

Talking to our kids about sex can be uncomfortable and challenging, but as parents, it's crucial to understand our teens when it comes to sexuality, especially in today's culture. In this insightful episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the importance of engaging with our teens about this topic. Whether they are experimenting or are already sexually active, this episode provides valuable guidance on maintaining a positive parent-child relationship and influencing their choices in a way that respects and supports their growth. Tune in now! Make a lasting impact with your year-end gift! Visit https://parentingtodaysteens.org/eoy/ to help us reach more struggling parents with the tools they need to help their teens. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/14/202315 minutes, 32 seconds
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Offering Certainty in a World of Doubt

Teens may like to act like nothing phases them, but for many of our kids, the turmoil and uncertainty of the world today really does weigh on them. In today's show, Mark reflects on the theme of uncertainty and its profound impact on teenagers. Using scripture from the book of Luke, he underscores the vital role that parents play in providing a sense of stability for their teens amid a world that is often rife with doubt and confusion. Don't miss this thought-provoking episode! For more inspiration on how to pray for your teens, check out our Family Devotional Bundle at bit.ly/family-devotional Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/13/202325 minutes, 50 seconds
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Teen Stories: Calming the Storm

If you have an angry teen in your home, it can sometimes feel like trying to dodge a hurricane. But coming alongside them and helping them develop healthy ways to deal with their frustrations will benefit them for the rest of their lives. In this episode, Mark has powerful conversations with two teens from Heartlight, including Sam, who talks about her journey from explosive behavior and frustration to a more calm and respectful approach in her relationships. Listen in now! To learn more about the Heartlight boarding school program, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/12/202318 minutes, 58 seconds
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Understanding Destructive Parenting Behaviors

Are you noticing destructive patterns in your relationship with your teen? Our own habits have a big impact on our kids — but it's never too late to make positive changes. On today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore the types of behaviors that parents exhibit that can make their teens rebel. They discuss the detrimental effects of overprotective parenting, performance-based dynamics, avoidance of conflict and more. Tune in for this important discussion! For more help developing a healthy, respectful atmosphere in your home, check out "Developing Rules and Consequences." Order your copy at bit.ly/developing-rules Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/11/202315 minutes, 51 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Where Do I Draw the Line?

Have you ever struggled to know where, or how, to put your foot down? In today's episode, Mark Gregston tackles questions from parents who are wrestling with setting some serious boundaries. From a daughter expecting parental funding for her and her boyfriend's apartment to a son stacking up fake accounts as a means of trading explicit content, Mark provides insights, wisdom and actionable advice — listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/8/202320 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Art of Letting Go

Parenting is tough, especially when it comes to giving teens the space they need to grow! It goes against our parental instincts to “back off,” but if we don't, we risk raising an adult who's not prepared to face the real world. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the importance of maintaining a strong connection with your teen while letting them navigate their own path. Tune in for valuable insights on how to achieve this delicate balance, such as making yourself available, showing grace, and gradually increasing their responsibilities and independence. For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/7/202313 minutes, 34 seconds
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Living Out Our Faith

The impact we have on our teens goes far beyond what we say. While it's crucial to have meaningful conversations about faith, it's equally important to live out our principles in our day-to-day lives. In today's episode, Mark Gregston shares a personal devotional that addresses a question from a listener about the presence of Jesus in our conversations with teens. This is a thought-provoking episode, so tune in now! For more biblical insights on parenting teens, check out our Family Devotional Bundle! You can order yours at bit.ly/family-devotional Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/6/202310 minutes, 53 seconds
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Teen Stories: Seeking Acceptance

Many parents can probably look back on their own teen years and remember some crazy things they did in the name of fitting in or being liked. As much as things have changed, today's teens aren't much different. In this episode, Mark sits down with two teens from Heartlight, including Sam, who shares his journey of rebellion, cheating and substance abuse, which stemmed from feelings of depression and a need for acceptance. There's a lot to learn from these conversations, so tune in! Interested in learning more about the Heartlight program? Go to heartlightministries.org today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/5/202318 minutes, 14 seconds
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Rethinking Parenting in a Changing Culture

Are you struggling to navigate the challenges of parenting in today's chaotic world? In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle the topic of traditional parenting — and why it no longer works. Letting go of trying to be a "perfect parent" can actually foster a healthier relationship between you and your teen. If you want to adapt your parenting style and learn how to create an environment of understanding and respect, don't miss this episode! For more on building a thriving relationship with your child, check out our e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen." Enroll today at bit.ly/bridging-the-gap-course Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/4/20239 minutes, 46 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Boundaries & Screen Time

We were created as relational beings with a desire to connect with others — and that's no different for teenagers. But how can you know your teens are learning how to properly engage with others in a digital world? In today's episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents about setting appropriate boundaries with your teen and the reason they might be so intent on being on their phones. Times are changing and we can no longer use the same tools that may have been effective during a child's pre-teen years. In order for your teen to have great relationships with others, they first need to have a great relationship with you. Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
12/1/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Anatomy of Anger

Are you struggling to understand your teen's anger? It seems like everywhere we look, we see young people expressing their angst through violence, disrespectful behavior and heated arguments. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss how anger is often a symptom of deeper issues and share valuable insights on how parents can understand and address their teen's anger in a constructive and supportive way. Discover how to look beneath the anger, uncover the root causes and create an environment for solutions — tune in now! Want to learn how to better connect with your child? Check out our free e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," at bit.ly/3DWPwun Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/30/202314 minutes, 21 seconds
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Behind the Filter

Teens long to be validated, but today's social media environment often leaves them seeking that validation by comparing themselves to others. It's a vicious cycle that will never leave them fulfilled. In today's episode, Mark revisits some examples and insights that will help parents better understand why teens are so susceptible to comparison and creating unhealthy expectations for themselves due to social media. This is an important topic for all parents to consider, so listen in! For more on helping your teens make wise choices, check out Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order your copy at bit.ly/contrary-culture Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/29/202323 minutes, 25 seconds
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Teen Stories: The Odd One Out

Some teens go through their high school years feeling like they never quite fit in or that other kids are able to do things that they can't. Eventually, that'll take a toll on anyone's self-esteem! In today's episode, Mark talks with two teens who've both felt like the odd one out at different times in their lives. For one young lady, her social anxiety and negative thoughts led her to lash out at her family, but she's working on seeing her true value while at Heartlight. Listen in! Is Heartlight the right option for your struggling teen? Learn more at heartlightministries.org. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/28/202323 minutes, 7 seconds
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Changing Along With Your Teens

When your kids are elementary school age, it's easy to get settled into a particular parenting style. But when the middle and high school years come along, your child is going to change — and you have to be open to changing along with them. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss how to adjust when good parenting seems to yield bad results and share why it's important to be able to admit when you've made a mistake. Don't miss this great discussion! For more on parenting styles, check out our free online course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen," at bit.ly/stay-engaged-course Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/27/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Balancing Love and Limits

As parents, we have the responsibility to guide our teens toward adulthood with care and intention. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents grappling with the challenges and joys of that process. From video game and drug addictions to gender issues and piercings, the importance of effective communication, maintaining loving relationships and setting appropriate boundaries cannot be understated. Tune in now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/24/202331 minutes, 23 seconds
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Navigating Your Teen's Online Life

As technology becomes an integral part of our daily lives, it's crucial for parents to engage with and understand their teen's digital experiences. If you're struggling to navigate your kid's online life, you're not alone. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the relevance, impact, challenges and opportunities that come with social media. They provide five healthy, effective and practical ways to handle your teen's online life. Listen now! For more info on how to adapt your parenting to be effective in today's culture, check out Mark's book "Tough Guys and Drama Queens." Order your copy today at bit.ly/3MGVhPi Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/23/202314 minutes, 23 seconds
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Connecting with Your Child's Heart

When your teen acts out, how do you react? Do you punish the behavior and move on? Or do you pause to find out what's going on in their heart? In today's episode, Mark talks about the importance of understanding your teen's behavior by looking beyond the surface and identifying the underlying motivations. He explores various drivers of teen behavior, such as loss, performance, appearance and anger, and explains how these can impact a teen's actions. Don't miss this great devotional episode! Want to explore all of our parenting resources? Check out our online store! parentingtodaysteens.org/shop Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/22/202325 minutes, 3 seconds
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Teen Stories: Caving Under Pressure

Most parents would probably agree that they wouldn't want to grow up in the culture our teens live in today. The social pressures they face and the constant barrage of social media can be overwhelming! In today's episode, Mark speaks with two more students from Heartlight, including one young lady whose desire for acceptance and friendship at a new school led her to make poor choices. Mark's candid conversation with these teens sheds light on the importance of creating a stable and supportive environment for kids in today's culture. Tune in now! For more on this topic, check out "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at bit.ly/contrary-culture Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/21/202318 minutes, 59 seconds
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Five Markers for a Meaningful Relationship with Your Teen

Nurturing a strong relationship with your teen takes intentionality, but sometimes it's tough to know where to begin. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the markers of a healthy relationship. They explore the importance of spending meaningful time together, engaging in real conversations, continually learning from each other and more! Tune in as they share insights to help you deepen your relationship with your teenager. Is your teen starting to date? This can be a tricky time, but it doesn't have to be! Check out our eBook, "Teens and Dating," at bit.ly/teens-and-dating Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/20/202313 minutes, 27 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Abandonment Issues

All behavior is goal oriented, so what’s motivating your teen? Oftentimes bad behavior is a means of protection. In this week's Q&A episode, Mark Gregston unravels the hidden thread that connects a granddaughter's rebellion, a son's isolation and a daughter's self-hate: abandonment issues. Whether it's due to birth parents, divorces or failed friendships, your teen’s guard is up! Tune in now to discover how to provide essential support for your lonely, struggling teen. Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/17/202330 minutes, 37 seconds
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When to Give Grace

Is your teenager pushing you away, leaving you feeling frustrated and helpless? When you’ve been shut out, grace can open the door! In this insightful episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the powerful combination of consequences and unconditional love. Discover how this dynamic duo can pave the way for your teen to grow through their mistakes while deepening your bond. Listen now! For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/16/202315 minutes, 30 seconds
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Creating a Place of Refuge for Teens

Grandparents, what do your grandkids feel when they first walk in your front door? Do they feel welcomed and safe? Or like they can't be themselves? In today's episode, Mark talks about how grandparents can create a place of rest for their teenage grandchildren, who are under so much pressure from the culture we live in. They need a place to recharge! Listen in for this thought-provoking topic! For a deeper dive into grandparenting, check out our e-course, "Leaving a Legacy of Hope." Enroll today at bit.ly/legacy-ecourse Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/15/202327 minutes, 7 seconds
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Teen Stories: Numbing the Pain

Drug use in teens often starts because it seems like a way to relax, but often, they begin to rely on substances just to get through the day. For many, it becomes a way to silence inner turmoil. In today's show, Mark sits down with some Heartlight teens, including a young lady who felt isolated and overlooked, so she turned to drugs to take the pain away. Eventually, this behavior got her expelled from school. Listen in to hear her story! Want to learn more about the Heartlight program? Visit heartlightministries.org today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/14/202319 minutes, 23 seconds
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Teen Drug Use: Signs, Signals and Solutions

It's easier for teens to get their hands on drugs than it ever has been, and the accessibility coupled with teens' natural curiosity often spells trouble. So, do you know what signs to look for that might point to drug use? In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the underlying issues that drive teens to use drugs and share examples of indicators that your teen might be going down this path. Don't miss this important episode! For more resources to help you understand your teen better, check out our online store! parentingtodaysteens.org/shop Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/13/202313 minutes, 20 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Conflicting Values

Your teenager is well aware of your beliefs; they don't need a constant reminder. What they do need is a strong, supportive relationship with you during this confusing time in their lives. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents dealing with teens who have adopted values that differ from their own. Tune in to discover the art of influencing without control, maintaining a strong connection with your teenager and approaching difficult conversations with a touch of humor. Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/10/202329 minutes, 26 seconds
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Embracing Failure

When you give teens the opportunity to make their own decisions, they WILL eventually fail, and that’s okay! Avoiding giving them control out of fear of failure will hinder their ability to learn how to cope with setbacks. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss how taking risks and allowing your teen to stumble along the way can pave the road to their success and resilience. Listen now! For more on engaging with your grandkids, check out our free e-course, "Leaving a Legacy of Hope," at bit.ly/3XNH21j Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/9/202311 minutes, 48 seconds
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Supporting Your Kids (and THEIR Kids) in Word and Deed

If you're a grandparent, you might have times when you're tempted to try to step in and parent your grandchildren, but in most cases, you can leave that to YOUR kids! Your role is to support them and be a source of wisdom and fun for your grandchildren. In today's show, Mark shares some insightful pointers for grandparents who want to have a great relationship with their own adult children and their grandkids. For more on this topic, check out our special Grandparenting Bundle! Visit bit.ly/grandparent-bundle Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/8/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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Teen Stories: Running From Pain

When teens are carrying around a lot of hurt inside, they often look for any way to numb it or escape it — even if that means physically running away from home. In today's episode, Mark chats with two Heartlight teens, including one young lady whose struggles with mental health and drug use led her to pack her bags and be on the run for an entire week. Tune in to hear these stories! Interested in the Heartlight program? Learn more at heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/7/202318 minutes, 26 seconds
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Looking for Love in the Wrong Places

Today's culture is more permissive of sexual activity in the teen years than ever before, and for many teens, this behavior may seem like an easy way to find the sense of connection they crave. This is why we, as parents, NEED to be aware of what's going on in our kids' culture. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss what drives teens to be sexually active and how you can confront the situation without inflicting shame or losing the relationship with your child. This is a big topic, so tune in now! For more on keeping up with your teen's world, take our e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen," at bit.ly/stay-engaged-course Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/6/202314 minutes, 34 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Unlocking Real Conversations

We all share the universal desire for deep, genuine connections with our teenagers. In today's episode, Mark Gregston tackles questions from parents striving to balance maintaining that essential connection while providing much-needed guidance and structure. He explains the importance of vulnerability and authenticity in nurturing these bonds, and the necessity of creating a safe space for them to open up in return. Listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/3/202317 minutes, 49 seconds
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Punishment vs. Discipline

As our society moves from a fear-based parenting model to a relationally centered one, our methods need to adapt accordingly. Punishing out of anger, frustration or hurt is easy to do, but it won’t help your teen learn from their mistakes, and it certainly won't grow your relationship. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the benefits of making the shift from punishment to discipline, challenging parents to consider how their teens' mistakes today can grow them into healthy adults tomorrow. Tune in now! For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/2/202313 minutes, 2 seconds
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Looking in the Mirror

If you've ever experienced rejection from your teen, it can feel a lot like you've been "fired" as a parent. None of the baseball games or dance recitals you diligently took them to when they were little seem to matter anymore. But, as Mark discusses in today's show, this is a great time to take a look in the mirror and examine why your teen might be pulling away from you. He shares things for you to think about that'll help you understand yourself and your parenting style better, so don't miss out! For more on reconnecting with your child, check out "When Your Teen is Struggling," at bit.ly/48Wg9hw Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
11/1/202316 minutes, 38 seconds
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Teen Stories: When Trust Is Broken

When a teen has broken your trust, it can be hard for parents to take that leap of faith again ... and our kids know this too. In today's episode, Mark talks to a couple of Heartlight students who are working on reconnecting with their parents and rebuilding trust. For one young man who used to steal money from his family to buy drugs, he knows he needs to prove himself to his parents again — and he's up for the challenge. Tune in for these interviews! Is the Heartlight program right for your struggling teen? Visit heartlightministries.org/ Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/31/202318 minutes, 44 seconds
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Are You Willing to Reconcile?

Many of us fall into the habit of allowing the issues in our family to reach a breaking point before we address them. Sitting down and seeking reconciliation early is tough, but it can make your family stronger. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share stories of reconciliation and discuss why unmet expectations can be a source of resentment that we don't always recognize. Listen in now! Interested in improving your communication style? Check out our e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen," at bit.ly/3ObygbF Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/30/202318 minutes, 8 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Finding Balance in the Digital Age

The digital age has undeniably transformed our world, revolutionizing the way our children socialize, ushering in new norms, opportunities and possibilities — for better or worse. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston addresses questions from those walking the line between protecting their kids and preparing them for the real world. He delves into why, as parents, it's our responsibility to navigate this ever-evolving landscape with our teen’s best interest in mind. Tune in now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/27/202328 minutes, 26 seconds
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Recognizing and Responding to Suicidal Thoughts

In today's culture, self-harm and suicidal ideation are more prevalent among teenagers than ever before. As parents, being informed and prepared is a matter of life and death. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the telltale signs that your child may be struggling. From changes in eating and sleeping habits to talking about death frequently and engaging in risk-taking behaviors, discover when and how to intervene. Listen now for essential guidance on how to provide the support your child desperately needs! Want to learn how to better connect with your child? Check out our free e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," at bit.ly/3DWPwun Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/26/202310 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Blessing of Gray Hair...

Proverbs 16:31 tells us, "Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness." So, as you get older and watch your kids grow into teens and then into adults, don't worry about those grays that start to come in. As Mark shares in today's episode, it's a sign of wisdom! He also talks about how you can be an intentional grandparent from the get-go and how to be a great example for your teen grandchildren. If you're a grandparent or might be soon, you don't want to miss this episode! For more on engaging with grandkids, check out our free e-course, "Leaving a Legacy of Hope," at bit.ly/3XNH21j Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/25/202323 minutes, 8 seconds
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Teen Stories: Ready to Reconcile

For many of the teens that come to Heartlight, their stay at the boarding school is the longest they've been away from their parents — and that time apart can help all of them begin to see things more clearly. In today's show, Mark talks to two young ladies who both got caught up in drinking and doing drugs to self-medicate deeper issues, which led to lots of conflict with their parents. Now, the families are working toward healthier, more understanding relationships. To learn more about the Heartlight program, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/24/202316 minutes, 44 seconds
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Do You Ask Your Teen Good Questions?

Questions have an amazing way of stirring up things in your child's heart and helping them sort through what they believe about the world. They also help YOU get to know your teen better! In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd are discussing why asking your teen good, thoughtful questions is so important and helps them feel valued. Tune in for this great topic! Want to learn how to effectively encourage your teen to make wise choices? Check out our "Developing Rules and Consequences" workbook at bit.ly/46CcP9w Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/23/202313 minutes, 43 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Turning the Tide

Addressing issues head-on while your child is still living at home is crucial given that unresolved problems during the teenage years can easily spill over into young adulthood. In today's episode, Mark Gregston shares valuable guidance for parents who are uncertain about their next steps when dealing with children grappling with issues like alcoholism, explosive behavior, depression, the inability to regulate emotions and more. Tune in and learn how to redirect behavior before it’s too late! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/20/202321 minutes, 20 seconds
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Modifying Behavior vs. Solving Behavior

Parents are often quick to correct their teen’s bad behavior, but hesitant to uncover the motivations fueling it. Let's face it, if you're not getting to the heart of the matter, you're just slapping a band-aid on a much deeper wound. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss behaviors ranging from disrespect and anger to poor grades and video game obsessions. They offer possible explanations for such behavior and stress how crucial it is to show love, even when it feels like your teen doesn't deserve it. Listen now! For more help understanding your teen's behavior, check out our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course! Enroll today at bit.ly/3PtDGxl Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/19/202314 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Mission Field of Family

When you think of going out to "the mission field," do you picture traveling somewhere far away? Oftentimes, there are important mission fields right in our own backyards — even in our own families. In today's episode, Mark shares a personal story of how God showed him that the mission projects at home are just as important as the ones across the globe. Tune in for this inspiring episode! For more inspiration and encouragement, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/18/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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Teen Stories: Perils of Peer Pressure

Having close, meaningful friendships during the teen years is so important for kids' mental and emotional health — but unfortunately, finding those real friendships can sometimes be a rocky road. In today's episode, Mark Gregston talks with two Heartlight residents about why they succumbed to peer pressure and started getting into drugs and alcohol to fit in. Tune in to hear their perspectives! Interested in learning about the Heartlight program? Visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/17/202319 minutes, 35 seconds
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Do You Know When to Let It Go?

A key part of parenting well — for your child's sake AND yours — is knowing when to pick your battles. Nitpicking at everything your teen does or constantly trying to correct them will only drive them further from you and damage the relationship. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss why it's important to know what issues are really important to you and what things you're able to let go of. If you're hoping for a little more peace in your home, tune in to this episode! Want to learn more practical parenting tips and tricks? Check out our special Curriculum Bundle at bit.ly/3Vamxvf Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/16/202313 minutes, 45 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Understanding the Why

Effective parenting goes beyond behavior management; it's all about uncovering the underlying motivations that drive your teen's actions. In today’s Q&A episode, Mark Gregston dives into real-world challenges submitted by concerned parents. Listen in as he discusses setting realistic boundaries, navigating church aversion, connecting with a grieving teen, seeking help when faced with extraordinary challenges and more! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/13/202327 minutes, 32 seconds
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Navigating the Pervasive Presence of Pornography

One of the most crucial conversations about modern parenting in the digital age is addressing the pervasive presence of pornography in our children's lives. The harsh truth is that no teen is safe from the influence of porn regardless of whether it is sought out or not. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the dangers of easy access to explicit content, how it's affecting our teens and how we can best protect them by building up internal boundaries in the absence of external ones. Tune in now! For more help understanding your teen's behavior, check out our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course! Enroll today at bit.ly/3PtDGxl Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/12/202311 minutes, 11 seconds
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The One Thing That Could Change Your Family...

If there was one thing you could do to foster a sense of value and belonging for every member of your family, you'd almost certainly jump at it! But this simple answer can actually be quite challenging: Just listen. In this episode, Mark explains why being an engaged, active listener is one of the most powerful things you can do to connect with your teen, and shares some behaviors YOU might be unintentionally doing that are conversation-killers. Listen in now! Our Teen Struggle Bundle features four resources designed to help you better understand and guide your teen. Check it out at bit.ly/42IcWhC Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/11/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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Teen Stories: Facing Your Issues

When teens experience trauma, they oftentimes don't have the coping skills they need to work through it in a productive way. Trying to get rid of the hurt they feel can leave them spinning out of control. In this episode, Mark chats with two teens who addressed deep issues while at Heartlight, including one young man whose mom tragically passed away from cancer. Desperate to control something, he started using drugs, but soon, the drugs controlled him. Tune in to hear these stories! Want to learn how to better connect with your child? Check out our free e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," at bit.ly/3DWPwun Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/10/202318 minutes, 20 seconds
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Protecting Our Teens From Pitfalls

Today's culture offers so many harmful temptations and pitfalls for our teens. Whether it's drugs, social media addiction or exposure to pornography, we need to try our best to protect and prepare them. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd list some common pitfalls that affect teens, share why they're important to pay attention to and offer a closing prayer of protection for our kids. This is a great episode, so check it out! To explore more of our helpful parenting resources, check out our online store at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/9/202316 minutes, 29 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Provision vs. Enablement

As parents, we have the tendency to keep our kids from growing up, whether we realize it or not. To help our teens thrive, we must find the strength to let them hit 'rock bottom.' In today’s episode, Mark Gregston warns about the slippery slope from providing to enabling, emphasizing the importance of letting older teens make their own decisions, even, and especially, if it means experiencing real-world consequences. Listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/6/202325 minutes, 59 seconds
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Raising Kind Kids in a Cruel World

Do you remember your first bully's name? Most of us do. In a world defined by cruelty, centered around appearance and performance, bullying is inevitable. Social media has transformed this once black-and-white issue into something more inescapable. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss signs that your teen may be a victim and share strategies to counter the impact of bullying with positivity and kindness. Tune in now! For more insight on walking with your teen through struggles, check out "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order your copy at bit.ly/38Dy7eq Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/5/202314 minutes, 33 seconds
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Confronting Unresolved Conflict

Holding on to resentment impacts many more people than just you — harboring unresolved conflict and negativity can impact your whole family for years to come. If this sounds familiar to you, it might be time to clear the air! In this episode, Mark talks about practical ways you can make things right with your teen (or other family members), and why it's important to try to redeem the time you've lost being angry. Don't miss this topic! Have you gotten a copy of Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," yet? Visit dailyhopeforfamilies.com to order yours today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/4/202312 minutes, 10 seconds
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Teen Stories: No Regrets?

When teens get caught up in having fun or trying to fit in, there's a good chance they won't think through their decisions very well. But when the consequences of their actions finally catch up to them, how will they feel about their choices? In this episode, Mark chats with two young ladies who reflect on mistakes they made in high school. In Gracie's case, nothing was going to stop her from having fun ... until she got caught stealing thousands of dollars from her parents. Tune in for these honest and insightful interviews! If YOUR teen is going through changes right now, check out Mark's book, "What's Happening To My Teen?" at bit.ly/3zbI5hW Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/3/202319 minutes, 24 seconds
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What Are the Values of Your Home?

When your kids come home from school, do they feel like they need to continue to keep up appearances in front of you? Or do they find a listening ear and respite from social pressures? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about things we should value at home with our teens, including giving them a place to find rest and affirmation, and how we can share wisdom applicable to their lives. Listen in now! For more help understanding your teen's behavior, check out our free "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" e-course! Enroll today at bit.ly/3PtDGxl Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
10/2/202312 minutes, 20 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: When to Speak and When to Listen

When you find yourself choosing if the hill underneath your feet is worth dying on, make sure to consider whether it’s worth the risk of losing your relationship with your teen! In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who aren’t quite sure when to speak truth into their kids' lives, or when it’s better to leave things unsaid. Join Mark as he provides practical advice on dealing with everything from the silent treatment and church aversion to drug use and suicidal tendencies. Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com  Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit
9/29/202330 minutes, 29 seconds
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Overcoming Fear-Based Parenting

When does protection become overprotection? If you find yourself struggling against the urge to shield your child from every uncomfortable or potentially painful moment, you’re setting them up for failure! In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the necessity of exposure and its role in shaping resilient and capable young individuals. Listen now! Have you heard about our Parenting Today's Teens Online Auction yet? From September 1-30, you can bid on great items and experiences for a great cause. Visit markgregston.com/auction today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/28/202313 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Recipe for a Teen-Friendly Home

If your tastes change, chances are you don't keep ordering the same old thing at a restaurant and hope for the best. The same idea can be applied to having teens — the same parenting methods you used when they were little won't work anymore! In this episode, Mark shares the key "ingredients" you need to create a home that is a safe, supportive place for your teen. Tune in to hear the recipe! For more ideas on connecting with your child, check out our Parenting Toolbox at bit.ly/3tGbSMb Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/27/202313 minutes, 5 seconds
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Teen Stories: What Drives Drug Use?

Substance abuse in teens can be driven by all kinds of sources: Shame, loss, a longing to fit in ... the list goes on! If your teen is getting involved with drug use or drinking, you need to seek the heart of the problem. In today's show, Mark sits down with two young men from Heartlight to discuss why they turned to drugs when things got tough. For Harrison, he began using heavy drugs to escape the pain of broken relationships. There's still time to submit a bid in our Online Auction that runs through September 30! Visit heartlightauctions.org to get started. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/26/202319 minutes, 40 seconds
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Expect the Unexpected

Kids are going to make a lot of mistakes during their teen years — and as parents, one of the best things you can do is find ways to laugh at these situations. Don't create more stress than you need to! In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss being prepared for when your teen makes a mistake and why you shouldn't sweat the small stuff. Listen in for this encouraging episode! Interested in exploring our other parenting resources? Head to resources.parentingtodaysteens.org today!  Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/25/202312 minutes, 11 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Grow Up!

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who are dealing with older teens refusing to step into adulthood. From issues like drugs and endless video games to unemployment and outright disrespect, Mark offers invaluable advice on adjusting expectations, initiating positive change and ultimately helping your young adults take flight. Listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/22/202325 minutes, 29 seconds
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Is Your Home a Safe Space for Your Teen?

Is your child finding comfort and solace in your house, or are they eager to escape? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the importance of creating a welcoming atmosphere to prevent your teen from seeking solace elsewhere. They share the signs that your kid isn't enjoying their time with you and offer 10 practical ways to make your home a place your child wants to be. Tune in now! Want to check out more parenting resources? Visit our online store at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/21/202316 minutes, 31 seconds
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Loving Them Through the Ups and Downs

Whether your teen seems to have it all together or their life is a total mess, they need to know that you love them no matter what. It's about who they are, not what they need to accomplish. In today's show, Mark shares an encouraging devotional to help you focus on sharing unconditional love with your teen — even when the going gets tough. Don't miss this important topic! Seeking some more encouragement for your parenting journey? Check out Mark's devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/20/202313 minutes, 53 seconds
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Teen Stories: Starting a New Chapter

When a teen feels like their life is spiraling out of control, it can sometimes be hard for them to see any way things might get better. But no teen is ever a lost cause! In today's show, Mark sits down with two more Heartlight teens who share some of the darkest times in their lives. For Peter, who struggled with deep depression and trust issues, the structure and support of boarding school have helped him find a sense of motivation that he's never had before. Listen in for these honest and insightful interviews! Interested in learning about the Heartlight program? Visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/19/202319 minutes, 15 seconds
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What Are Practical Consequences for Teens?

The ways you disciplined your child when they were little simply won't work once they're middle school age and older. Now that they're capable of abstract thinking, you want to help them develop self-control and discernment — but what's the first step? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss practical discipline to use with teens and why it helps you AND your child set up consequences for bad behavior in advance. There's still time to be a part of the Heartlight Online Auction, happening September 1-30! Visit heartlightauctions.org today to get started. Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/18/202316 minutes, 31 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Words vs. Actions

In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who aren’t quite sure how to get through to their teen; from the challenges of the preteen phase to navigating the allure of video games and first relationships, how can you effectively steer your child in the right direction? Gregston suggests that the most impactful lessons you impart as a parent are often conveyed not through words, but by the example you set. Listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/15/202320 minutes, 19 seconds
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Two Parents, Two Lives

While no one enters a marriage aiming for divorce, for many, separation becomes a harsh reality. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore the difficulty of co-parenting with a former partner when shared values no longer align, and offer guidance to single parents managing one-sided rules and expectations. Tune in now to hear their advice! One of the most powerful things you can do for your child is pray for them. Not sure where to start? Check out our Devotional Bundle at bit.ly/3PfSFfT Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/14/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is Your Bar Set Too High?

In performance-based relationships, people are valued because of their actions and accomplishments — NOT because of who they are. Many parents, even when they don't mean to, communicate this type of relationship to their teens. In today's episode, Mark shares why parents need to pay attention to how high they've set the bar of expectation for their teens. If the pressure is too much, your teen may stop trying altogether. Listen in to this thought-provoking episode! Facing some tough parenting problems? Check out our Teen Struggle Bundle at bit.ly/42IcWhC Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/13/202315 minutes, 9 seconds
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Teen Stories: Battling for Independence

If you have a fiercely independent teen at home, you've probably gotten in a battle or two (or more) over who's in control. Finding the balance can be a real challenge! In today's show, Mark chats with two teens at Heartlight, including a young lady who has always had a strong independent streak and was constantly fighting for control of her life with her parents. She shares some valuable insights and gives advice for other parents with independent teens, so don't miss this episode! Have you heard about our Parenting Today's Teens Online Auction yet? From September 1-30, you can bid on great items and experiences for a great cause. Visit markgregston.com/auction today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/12/202320 minutes
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Why Are Drugs and Alcohol Appealing to Teens?

By the 12th grade, about two-thirds of teens have tried alcohol, and around half of high schoolers have tried marijuana. What causes them to engage in this behavior? Is it just curiosity, or is it something deeper? In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about why teens are drawn to using substances and why it has a lot to do with today's ever-changing culture. This is an important topic, so don't miss out! For more biblically based advice on supporting your child, check out Mark's latest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/11/202312 minutes, 46 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Self-Reflection

When your family lands in a tough spot, are you humble enough to ask yourself if you might be part of the problem? In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from overwhelmed parents who are desperate for advice on dealing with a wide range of difficulties, from divorce and loss of custody to gender confusion and anger issues — tune in now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/8/202331 minutes, 33 seconds
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Shifting Your Parenting Mindset with Dr. Tim Clinton - Part 2

In the conclusion of Mark Gregston's discussion with Dr. Tim Clinton, co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, they delve into how crucial it is to seek your teen's heart — not just try to correct their behavior. It could make all the difference in your relationship! Mark also shares about his newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," which can be a wonderful tool for families walking through a crisis. Listen in to hear the rest of this special episode! Order your copy of "Daily Hope For Families" today at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/7/202318 minutes, 40 seconds
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Talking With Teens: Dialogues Vs. Monologues

Have you gotten into the habit of always repeating things to your teen? If so, it's probably time to hit the brakes. In today's episode, Mark explains why nagging and lecturing are some of the biggest relationship roadblocks, and can lead to your teen shutting down or shutting you out. Parents need to aim for open-ended discussions and dialogues — NOT monologues. Tune in for this important topic! For more practical tips on connecting with your teen, enroll in our free e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen” at bit.ly/3ObygbF Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/6/202316 minutes, 36 seconds
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Teen Stories: Growing Up in a Changing Culture

Whether it's technology, the accessibility of drugs or shifting social pressures, there's no doubt that today's teen culture has changed drastically over time. It's a tough world to grow up in! In today's show, Mark sits down with two young ladies at Heartlight who discuss getting into drugs at a young age, anger management issues and why social media can be anxiety-inducing. Don't miss these great conversations! Want to check out our full list of parenting resources? Visit our online store at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/5/202321 minutes, 3 seconds
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Shifting Your Parenting Mindset with Dr. Tim Clinton - Part 1

In the first part of this special episode, Mark Gregston sits down with Dr. Tim Clinton, co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing parents today. They talk about why spending quality time with your teens is so important, what dads can do to bond with their kids, and why mental health issues are so prevalent among this generation of teens. Don't miss out on this great conversation! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/4/202322 minutes, 39 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Well-Rounded Teens

Join Mark Gregston in today's episode as he addresses pressing questions from parents, offering invaluable advice on supporting their teens' growth, bridging generational gaps and effectively managing disagreements. From navigating the complexities of divorce and fostering connections with grandparents, to successfully guiding teens through the high school and college years, Mark provides comprehensive insights and solutions. Don't miss out! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
9/1/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to Deal With Childish Teens

It's increasingly obvious that today's teenagers seem to be taking longer to mature into adulthood, but is it their fault, or are we, as parents, playing a role in this delay? In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the consequences of overprotecting, overindulging and not giving them room to grow, while providing practical advice for fostering responsibility and independence in our older teens — listen now! Need some extra help with your teen? Check out our Teen Struggle Bundle, available now at bit.ly/42IcWhC Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/31/202314 minutes, 20 seconds
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Is Your Teen Trying to Fill a Void?

The full impact of loss in a teen's life is only truly experienced when they realize something is missing — whether that something is a parent or a spot on the football team. Loss motivates behavior, and some teens will do whatever they think is necessary to fill a painful void in their lives. In today's devotional episode, Mark shares some personal stories about how loss can impact behavior and expectations, and why you need to dig deeper to find your child's motivations. For more on helping your teen navigate the tough world we live in, check out "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order your copy at bit.ly/3X7qUIl Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/30/202317 minutes, 7 seconds
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Teen Stories: Learning From the Journey

A big part of adolescence is developing the skills to think more abstractly and reflect upon the choices you make. Teens often begin to understand why hurts from their childhood are still impacting them — but how they choose to deal with it now is up to them. In this episode, Mark sits down with two Heartlight high schoolers: One who shares why her adoption story made it hard for her to feel loved, and another who explains how his struggles with self-esteem led him to do drugs to fit in. These interviews are very insightful, so don't miss them! To learn more about Heartlight, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/29/202325 minutes, 17 seconds
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When Kids Break Your Trust

Teens WILL violate your trust and push the boundaries you've set for them, but here's the encouraging thing: They will also usually learn from their mistakes. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the importance of age-appropriate consequences when trust has been broken and why you need to maintain the relationship you've worked to build — even when you're upset with your teen. Tune in now! For more on strengthening the bond you have with your child, check out our free e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," at bit.ly/3DWPwun Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/28/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: The Journey to Adulthood

Guiding our older teens toward independence, while rewarding, is a challenge. In this week’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who are having difficulty navigating the new terrain that comes with facilitating the transition of a young adult into adulthood. Listen now to hear his advice on spirituality, romantic relationships, driving, moving out and so much more! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/25/202330 minutes, 20 seconds
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Wisdom vs. Information

Our teens live in the age of information, and are downright overwhelmed by it! In a sea of opinions, our kids need wisdom as a steadfast anchor — but what if they won’t listen to us? In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss ways that you can lift your voice above the noise of the crowd and win the right to be heard by your teen. Tune in now! Our Grandparenting Bundle is packed with wisdom, insights and advice selected just for grandparents! You can order your bundle today at bit.ly/3jMe9DV Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/24/202313 minutes, 19 seconds
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Loss Isn't Always Visible

Some losses in our teens' lives are obvious, like the death of a parent, a best friend moving away or their family splitting up. But some aren't so obvious. In today's episode, Mark shares why you need to enter into your child's world and look for the losses you can't see. If your child is acting out, it could be because they're going through something you don't know about — so check in with them! For more on helping your teen through the tough things in life, check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen is Struggling," at bit.ly/3QHC7Mn Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/23/202312 minutes, 19 seconds
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Teen Stories: Grief's Impact on Behavior

When a parent passes away, everyone in the family is impacted — but it's often hard for each to see beyond their own grief. For teens in this situation, they may withdraw, causing rifts in relationships. In this episode, Mark sits down with two more Heartlight teens, including a young lady who lost her dad to cancer. After he passed, she and her mom's relationship spiraled ... but together, they're working to fix it. Listen in for these powerful interviews! Interested in the Heartlight program? Learn more at heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/22/202319 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Three Most Important Things in the Teen Years

How you cultivate a relationship with your child in their teen years will likely also define the relationship you have with them as adults. But what are the most important things to focus on? In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the three main areas you should prioritize to build a strong, lasting relationship with your child. You don't want to miss this discussion! For more help with training your teens to become wise adults, check out "Developing Rules and Consequences." Order your copy at bit.ly/3BLttp4 Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/21/202315 minutes, 41 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Specks and Planks

In today's episode, Mark Gregston delves into the transformative power of self-reflection in parenting. If you're yearning for a change in your family dynamics, the first step is looking inward. From nagging less to listening more, Mark addresses questions from parents who might unknowingly be their own roadblocks in creating the loving and harmonious home they desire. Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be, visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/18/202331 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Relationship Factor

The underlying problem of most behavioral issues in teens is a weak relationship with their parents. If we are too busy for our kids, they will fill the void we create with everyone and everything else. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explain why the most important thing we can do for our children is have a relationship with them, and what it may cost us if we don’t. Listen now! For daily doses of wisdom for your parenting journey, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families." Order yours at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be, visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/17/202313 minutes, 38 seconds
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Does Time Truly Heal All Wounds?

When people suffer trauma, abuse or cruel words in their childhood, it can leave a permanent sense of loss in their lives. Sometimes, they may not even realize how deeply pain from their formative years has affected them until it's addressed. In this special episode, Mark shares some personal stories of how childhood trauma impacted him and the people around him, and he explains why our teens need us to walk alongside them through the losses they experience. Tune in for this important topic! For more resources to help you parent through the tough times, check out our online store at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be, visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/16/202317 minutes, 21 seconds
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Teen Stories: Why Real Relationships Matter

Whether it's with their parents or with friends, teens need genuine, deep relationships in their lives. Unfortunately, the culture we live in can make fostering those connections really tough. In today's show, Mark talks with two more Heartlight teens who have greatly benefitted from their time there. For Ethan, finding real friendships with other teens at the boarding school has helped him cope with anger issues he's experienced since childhood. Wondering how to strengthen YOUR relationship with your teen? Enroll in our free e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged with Your Teen," today! bit.ly/3ObygbF Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be, visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/15/202319 minutes, 41 seconds
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12 Ways to Shift Your Parenting Style

If you want to move from a teaching model to a training model in your parenting, there are some essential shifts you'll need to make. Continuing to treat your child the same way you did when they were little simply will not work when you have a teen! In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss 12 things to adjust that will help your teen begin to mature, make their own decisions and apply the things you taught them to their world. Listen in now! For biblically based insights that will benefit your whole family, check out our devotional bundle! Order yours at bit.ly/3PfSFfT Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be, visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/14/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Navigating Intervention

Join Mark Gregston in this week's episode as he addresses crucial questions from parents about knowing when and when not to intervene in their teen's life. From lying and bullying to disrespect and sarcasm, gain expert advice on when to shield with love and when to let natural consequences teach valuable life lessons. Tune in now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/11/202326 minutes, 54 seconds
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Surviving the Age of Anxiety

In today's fast-paced and uncertain world, teen anxiety has become a growing concern affecting more than 1 in 20 children between the ages of 6-17. As parents and caregivers, we must recognize the seriousness of this issue and move away from the harmful belief that "they'll grow out of it." In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Justin Arnold, Heartlight’s director of counseling, discuss how relationships can become a powerful mechanism to instill assurance, combat uncertainty and alleviate anxiety in today's teens. Listen now! One of the most powerful things you can do for your child is pray for them. Not sure where to start? Check out our Devotional Bundle at bit.ly/3PfSFfT Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/10/202315 minutes, 32 seconds
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What's the Real Reason for Your Child's Anger?

Anger in teens can come from feeling judged, shamed or ultimately, not getting something they wanted. However, many parents simply address the surface issues when it comes to their teen's anger and never get to the heart issues behind it. In this episode, Mark Gregston reshares some of his popular tips for teaching your teen how to deal with their anger and understanding the root causes of it. Don't miss this insight! For daily doses of wisdom for your parenting journey, check out Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families." Order yours at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/9/202317 minutes, 27 seconds
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Teen Stories: Temporary Escapes

Many teens who struggle with mental illness try to escape the depression or anxiety they feel every day by turning to drugs, bad relationships or isolation. They typically end up in a worse place than where they started. In today's episode, Mark talks to two Heartlight teens — one who began smoking weed to self-medicate her social anxiety, and another whose depression drove him to irresponsible and reckless behavior. Listen in to hear how learning new coping skills is helping them heal! Is Heartlight the answer for your struggling teen? To learn more about the program, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/8/202317 minutes, 4 seconds
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Fighting Selfishness in Our Teens (and Ourselves)

The "me first" attitude is all around us in culture, and our teens are affected by it perhaps more than any other group. In order to combat teen selfishness, parents should first reflect on how they can model godly selflessness better to their teens — because after all, we all struggle with this in one way or another! In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how parents accidentally feed their teen's selfishness and share how to break that cycle. Tune in now! Want to learn how to connect and communicate more with your child? Check out "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen," a free e-course, at bit.ly/3DWPwun Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/7/202315 minutes, 8 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Encouraging Independence

In this week’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who want to know how to best motivate and support their teens across the finish line of adolescence and into adulthood. From mental health struggles to downright immaturity, Mark offers practical advice for how to prepare your kid for their next step in life. Don’t miss out! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/4/202326 minutes, 53 seconds
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Out With the Old, In With the New

We have the tendency to parent the way that we were parented, but today’s culture has its own unique challenges that cannot be faced with an old school mindset! As kids increasingly question the relevance of what they're taught, modified approaches are absolutely necessary. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the vitality of engaging with your teens in a way that intrigues their interest and ultimately their trust. Listen now! For more info on how to adapt your parenting to be effective in today's culture, check out Mark's book "Tough Guys and Drama Queens." Order your copy today at bit.ly/3MGVhPi Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/3/202316 minutes, 25 seconds
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Little Conversations Make a Big Difference

If you want to one day have critical, important conversations with your teen, you need to invest time in the little, inconsequential chats now. Showing your teen that you will make time for them, no matter what it's about, will help build crucial trust. In today's episode, Mark talks about how the little things add up in long-term relationships and reshares some stories of how his mentors — and the people who doubted him — shaped his life and ministry. To learn more about Heartlight, visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/2/202316 minutes, 38 seconds
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Teen Stories: Losing Control

Most teens want to be in control of their own lives, but when they try to take the reins by force, it can lead to ongoing conflict with their families ... and things end up more out of control than ever. In this week's interview with Heartlight teens, Mark sits down with two older teens who reflect on their drug use and why they didn't want to listen to their parents' rules. Don't miss these conversations! Need some more insight into the challenges of your own teen's life? Check out "What's Happening To My Teen?" by Mark Gregston at bit.ly/3zbI5hW Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
8/1/202317 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to Discipline With Kindness

It's obvious the types of discipline many parents experienced when they were growing up do NOT work on teens today. So, what does? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss why it's still important to discipline your kids, but in order to keep the relationship intact, you have to discipline through a lens of kindness — not out of anger. If your teen knows discipline is for their own good, it helps them understand. Tune in now! Have you ever lost a furry best friend? Then Mark's book, "Where's Stitch?" will be a comfort to your family. Order yours at wheresstitchbook.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/31/202311 minutes, 36 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Finding the Middle Ground

Over involved parents run the risk of losing their teens, but under involved parents risk having to watch their teens lose themselves. In this week’s episode, Mark Gregston addresses questions from parents on how to handle all sorts of conflict, ranging from screen time to gender confusion, with the right balance of sterness and grace. Tune in now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/28/202330 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Path Home

When our teens veer off course and struggle to find their way back, it is our responsibility as parents to guide them home. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore the delicate balance of providing grace and support without shaming, and how to foster an environment where mistakes are viewed as opportunities for growth. Listen now! For more help understanding what our teens are facing today, check out Mark's book, "Tough Guys and Drama Queens," at bit.ly/3MGVhPi Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/27/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Parents, Do You Reflect or Deflect?

If you want to have a stronger relationship with your teen, the first step is reflecting on the one person whose actions you can truly control: yourself. In this episode, Mark explains that many parents struggle in their relationships with their teens because they never take the time to reflect upon their own lives, behaviors and struggles. He also shares some important questions to ask yourself in order to assess the weak spots in your household relationships. Don't miss out on these insights! Want to explore more of our free resources available to parents? Visit bit.ly/3NApP7s today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/26/202318 minutes, 29 seconds
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Teen Stories: The Burden of Loss

Loss can take many forms, and impact teens in many different ways. Oftentimes, the pain they carry inside can shape their everyday behavior. In today's interview with Heartlight teens, Mark talks with two high schoolers who unpack how their heavy feelings of grief and guilt changed how they viewed the world and interacted with family and friends. In Dylan's case, he tried to run from feeling the grief of losing his brother until finally facing it after coming to the Heartlight program. Need some extra help with your teen? Check out our Teen Struggle Bundle, available now at bit.ly/42IcWhC Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/25/202319 minutes, 14 seconds
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Diffusing an Anger Explosion

When conflict gets out of control at home, do you know how to de-escalate the situation? Or do you and your teen find yourselves stuck in a shouting match? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss why letting anger — whether your teen's or yours — go unchecked will only make a situation worse. They share some practical advice for parents on how to diffuse arguments, understand where their teen may be coming from and more. Don't miss this episode! Nervous about your teen dating? Check out our special eBook, "Teens and Dating." Download yours today at bit.ly/3L3tzyN Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/24/202313 minutes, 13 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: The Why

All behavior is goal-oriented ... the key to getting through to your teen is understanding what motivates their poor choices. In this week’s episode, Mark Gregston addresses questions sent in by parents puzzled by their children's drug use, anger issues and downright laziness. Don’t miss out on his wisdom — listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/21/202329 minutes, 19 seconds
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Do Teens Deserve Privacy?

Parenting in the digital age comes with its own set of challenges, one of the biggest concerns being teenage privacy. How are you to find the balance between your legitimate fears and the necessity of extending trust? In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the privilege of privacy, the role of teenagers in proving their responsibility and the age-based considerations that come into play. Tune in now! Does your parenting — or grandparenting — toolbox need an upgrade? Check out our Curriculum Bundle at bit.ly/3Vamxvf Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/20/202313 minutes, 56 seconds
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Look Behind Your Teen's Anger

If your teen throws a fit whenever you ask them to come home at curfew or to dress more appropriately, it can be incredibly frustrating. But do you ever pause to find the "why" behind your teen's anger? In this episode, Mark shares some common reasons for a teen's anger and how you can respond without getting caught in a shouting match. Tune in for tips on how to get to the heart of the real issue! For more on how to understand your child's behavior, check out "What's Happening To My Teen?" at bit.ly/3zbI5hW Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/19/202317 minutes, 27 seconds
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Teen Stories: The Bumpy Road to Healing

When teens live in a house where there's a lot of conflict, wanting to get away from it comes as a pretty natural response. Whether that's through sneaking out at night or numbing the pain with drugs, the teen AND their parents need to work together to find healing. In this week's interview with Heartlight teens, Mark talks to two high schoolers, including one young lady who shares how a painful relationship with her father drove her into a downward spiral ... but now, reconciliation seems possible. Is YOUR teen in a crisis? Find out if Heartlight can help at heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/18/202319 minutes, 27 seconds
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Defining Privileges and Expectations

When it comes to creating expectations for a teen's behavior, being too strict OR giving too much leeway can both backfire. So, how do you find the balance in the middle? In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss what it looks like to give your child more control and privileges at age-appropriate milestones and why teens often need to be given the chance to prove themselves. Tune in now! For more on navigating these tricky adolescent years, check out Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at bit.ly/38Dy7eq Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/17/202313 minutes, 40 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Family Dynamics

Parenting takes on a new level of complexity when traditional family structures are disrupted. Disruptions can occur due to things like divorce, the loss of a loved one or the responsibility falling on grandparents. In this week’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from a variety of guardians who want to know the best ways to support and guide their teens through life’s turbulent seasons. Tune in to hear just how far boundary setting, quality time and unconditional love can go! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/14/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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Portrait of a Sheltered Teen

Any good parent wants the best for their child, but beware: Overprotection leads to under-preparedness. If your kid is hidden away, they will never experience the necessary “iron sharpening iron” interactions with their peers that are crucial for maturity. Join Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd as they discuss the keys to raising well-rounded, confident individuals who are equipped to thrive in the real world. For more on how to navigate tough times with your child, check out "What's Happening To My Teen?" Order your copy at bit.ly/3zbI5hW Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/13/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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Are You Building a Relationship That Lasts?

It's great if you can get your teen to keep their room clean or always turn in their homework on time ... but at the end of the day, that's not what builds a close relationship. Do you invest enough time into bonding with your child? Or are you more focused on the things they "should" be doing? In today's episode, Mark shares the importance of outwardly expressing love to your teens and focusing on what truly matters. Whether you're a parent, grandparent or mentor to teens, don't miss this episode! Interested in exploring more of our free resources for parents? Visit bit.ly/3NApP7s today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/12/202319 minutes, 30 seconds
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Teen Stories: Taking Responsibility

When teens are acting out of hurt or desperation, they may try to cope by deflecting responsibility for poor choices onto anyone but themselves. But eventually, reality is bound to set in. In today's interview with teens, Mark talks to two Heartlight residents who reflect on why they were so angry toward their parents and got involved in toxic outside relationships. Don't miss these insightful stories! Interested in learning more about the Heartlight program? Visit heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/11/202324 minutes, 22 seconds
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An Appearance-Driven World

The social media world where many of our teens spend their time is primarily focused on appearances — not real connections. Kids will do almost anything to feel seen, even if that means who they are online doesn't match who they are in real life. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss why teens are missing out on real social interactions and how you can help them navigate today's shallow culture. Listen in! For more help understanding what our teens are facing today, check out Mark's book, "Tough Guys and Drama Queens," at bit.ly/3MGVhPi Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/10/202310 minutes
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Foolishness

You are just as much tied to the hardships brought on by your child as they are. As a parent, it’s your job to develop your teen's foolishness into wisdom. In this week’s episode, Mark Gregston offers a wide variety of strategies for communicating effectively, fostering maturity and overcoming conflict. Listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/7/202330 minutes, 48 seconds
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Out With the Old, in With the New

As kids mature, their needs evolve, calling for different parenting styles. If you don’t adapt your approach in order to meet your teen where they are, you run the risk of losing them forever. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss practical and effective changes that you can implement with your coming-of-age teen that will benefit everyone — listen now! For more on how to navigate tough times with your child, check out "What's Happening to My Teen?" Order your copy at bit.ly/3zbI5hW Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/6/202319 minutes, 22 seconds
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Why Teens Need Your Wisdom More Than Ever

Our teens walk around all day with access to any information they could possibly want in the palm of their hands. However, they need WISDOM to know what to do with it — and that's where parents come in. In today's devotional episode, Mark discusses why it's crucial to be honest with your teen, listen to them and build a strong relationship in order to pass down the wisdom they so desperately need. Tune in to hear some different ways you can engage with your teen! For more help preparing your teen for adulthood, read Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order your copy at bit.ly/38Dy7eq Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/5/202323 minutes, 55 seconds
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Teen Stories: Numbing Grief

When you're walking through a season of grief or healing from trauma, being alone can be incredibly hard — and for many teens, numbing their pain with substances seems like the only option left. In today's show, Mark sits down with two Heartlight teens, including a young lady who had lost both of her adoptive parents to a car crash, and several others who were close to her to suicide. She shares how she found herself alone in all this grief and turned to drugs, but is working hard to stay clean now. Tune in for this honest and emotional interview! Is Heartlight the right path for your struggling teen? Learn more today at heartlightministries.org Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/4/202319 minutes, 32 seconds
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Approaching Internet Safety With Wisdom

The digital world our teens live in continues to change and develop every single day, and while it offers great ways for kids to communicate with their friends, it's also something parents should take very seriously. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss why parents need to be watchful and involved in their kids' lives — especially when it comes to the internet — without completely disregarding their privacy. Don't miss this important discussion! To learn practical ways to connect with your child, check out our free e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen." Enroll today at bit.ly/3ObygbF Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
7/3/202316 minutes, 23 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Imperfect Role Models

As children become teenagers, their thinking switches from concrete to abstract. While exploring the world they come to find that it’s not as perfect as they previously thought it was, which stirs up insecurity, anger and confusion. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston advises parents on how to adapt their parenting from teaching mode to training mode in order to raise up people who can function in the real world — listen now! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/30/202327 minutes, 29 seconds
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Constructive Correction

It’s not IF your teen makes a mistake, but rather a matter of WHEN. How we, as parents, choose to respond in those moments significantly impacts our relationship with our kids. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore practical ways to effectively discipline and enforce consequences while nurturing your child's character and maintaining their trust and respect. Tune in now! For more insight on walking with your teen through struggles, check out "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order your copy at bit.ly/38Dy7eq Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/29/202317 minutes, 52 seconds
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It's Time To Start Trusting

Trusting teens is tough — but if you want your child to learn how to make wise decisions on their own, you have to start transferring control to them. They won't do everything perfectly, but that's part of preparing for adulthood. In this devotional, Mark shares an example of how too much parental control can backfire and gives advice for parents who are nervous to start trusting their teens with making their own decisions. This is an important topic, so tune in now! To browse resources that will help you connect to your teen no matter what they're going through, check out our online store at bit.ly/3wqIkTu Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/28/202322 minutes, 26 seconds
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Teen Stories: Why Can't We Just Get Along?

If you have a teenager, you're bound to get into arguments with them from time to time — it happens! But when the conflict turns into an ongoing pattern, it puts a strain on everyone involved, and it might be time to seek some outside help. In today's episode, Mark chats with two Heartlight teens who reflect on why they fought with their parents so much. For one young lady, the conflict stemmed from her unique adoption story. Listen in now! One of the most powerful things you can do for your child is pray for them. Not sure where to start? Check out our Devotional Bundle at bit.ly/3PfSFfT Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/27/202319 minutes, 56 seconds
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Teens and Dating: Overcontrolling Guys

Teenage dating relationships come with a fair share of ups and downs, but as a parent, it's important for you to know when to step in if things are truly outside the norm. One such case is if your daughter is dating a guy who wants to control her every move. In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about why some young men want to control their girlfriends, what to do if your son seems to act this way and how to help your daughter steer clear of this situation. If your teen is dating, don't miss this discussion! For more on setting boundaries with teens, check out the "Developing Rules and Consequences" workbook! Order yours at bit.ly/3X7qUIl Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/26/202313 minutes, 6 seconds
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I Mustache Mark a Question: Building Bridges

No man is an island — but what about teens? In this episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who want to know how to go about building bridges that reach their isolated kids. Through developing the skill of listening, learning which questions provoke thoughtful discussions and knowing how to encourage respect, Mark lights the path to connecting with your teen on a deeper level! Have a question for Mark? Submit it here: markgregston.com For more on how to navigate tough times with your child, check out "What's Happening To My Teen?" Order your copy at bit.ly/3zbI5hW Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/23/202315 minutes, 40 seconds
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Now What? — When All Tactics Have Failed

Have you ever found yourself knee-deep in parenting books and podcasts only to have your best efforts fall flat? When it seems like all attempts to train up your teen are failing, what else is there to do? In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd encourage overwhelmed parents to not grow weary in their journey, offering insight ranging from welcoming constructive criticism to knowing when to take a break. Don’t miss out on their advice — tune in now! Have you gotten your copy of Mark's newest devotional, "Daily Hope For Families," yet? Order yours today at dailyhopeforfamilies.com Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/22/202315 minutes, 43 seconds
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Recovering From Perfectionism

Many parents spend their child's younger years telling them everything they're doing right but spend their teen years telling them everything they're doing wrong. This correction may come from the best intentions, but for teens, it may feel like you're asking for unattainable perfection. In today's devotional, Mark recalls some personal stories about how seeking perfection burned him out and shares thought-provoking comments from teens who felt like their parents demanded perfection. Don't miss this big topic! For more help with parenting problems big and small, check out our online store. Visit resources.parentingtodaysteens.org today! Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/21/202324 minutes, 42 seconds
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Teen Stories: Making the Most of It

Some teens arrive at Heartlight feeling prepared and knowing what to expect, while others didn't know they were coming to the boarding school until hours before they arrived. The transition holds its challenges, but many of these teens find value and healing in the experience along the way. Today, Mark chats with two high schoolers who initially had no idea they were coming to the boarding school, but reflect upon how counseling and the friendships they've made have helped them grow and plan for the future. Does your parenting — or grandparenting — toolbox need an upgrade? Check out our Curriculum Bundle at bit.ly/3Vamxvf Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/20/202319 minutes, 36 seconds
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Are You Missing Opportunities With Your Teen?

Life can be full of obligations and packed schedules — we've all been there! But in our busyness, parents can often miss the best opportunities to connect with their kids and make a lasting positive impact. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd chat about why it's important to listen when opportunity knocks ... after all, the values you instill in your teens can affect generations. Tune in now! For more on making the most of time with your child, take our free e-course, "Bridging the Gap With Your Teen." Enroll at bit.ly/3DWPwun Parenting Today's Teens is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org
6/19/202311 minutes, 46 seconds