Robertson’s 6 Responses to Tech and Your Teen

Can you keep up with  your teen and tech? 

The impact of the digital world is so powerful and pervasive that it’s almost impossible for most of us to keep up. That’s why I am so thankful for people like Walt Mueller (CPYU) and Paul Robertson (Youth Unlimited) who do the hard work keeping up with the changes and challenges posed by cyber space.

Here are 6 practical responses from Paul Robertson for parents:

Harvard Prof: Skills Every 18 Year Old Needs

Begin with the end in mind

As we prepare our kids for the real world it is great to have some clear goals. A Harvard Prof provides a useful list of skills we should help teens develop before college or university. I think that for Christian students there are a few more that we should add to the list. Take a look at how far along your teen is…

What Every Parent Should Know about Social Media

What’s Going On?!

This week I had the privilege of spending an evening with parents and pastors, presenting what is going on in the world of social media. I wish you could have been there! I guess the next best thing would be receiving my notes from the session so here 4 of the highlights and a link to download my notes.

4 Gifts Good Kids Need from Us (#3 May Surprise You!)

He waited patiently…

while his parents scolded his younger brother.

Kelsey finished her homework early while her mom argued with her brother, trying to get him to start his homework. Barry watched his parents head out to the police station to pick up his addicted sister again.

He got up from the table and loaded the dishwasher.  Later, over the yelling downstairs, at bedtime, he read a page of the Bible and looked up at the ceiling… maybe tomorrow would be better.

Good kids are used to waiting to be noticed. What they really need from us are these 4 gifts…

3 Ways to Raise Grateful Teens

“Just what I NEVER wanted!”

I blurted out the words . My older brothers and sisters were shocked and appalled at my blatant ingratitude directed toward my mother.

I think that I was 8. I am still ashamed of my response. -Maybe that’s why raising grateful teens is so important to me. I was surprised to find study after study that proved that: people who practice gratitude feel considerably happier (25%) than those in a control group; they are more joyful, enthusiastic, interested, and determined.”

Here are 3 effective ways to nurture gratitude and defeat a sense of entitlement in teens.

3 Reasons to Keep Trying With Your Teen

“I feel like giving up,”

A mom confessed to me after my session at a conference called Breakforth.

She said “I’ve tried everything and I’m not getting anywhere. My husband has already thrown in the towel. Rather than listen to us fight, he takes off. I don’t even know where he goes.”

Many parents get frustrated fighting over homework, screen time, noise, clothes, chores, curfew, spending, friends and so many other areas. It’s understandable that they would feel like calling it quits and let their son or daughter do whatever they please. If you or anyone you know is considering packing it in, here are three reasons to hang in there.

2 Ways to Make Easter Sweeter for Teens  

Easter is about Jesus not Chocolate.

That’s what I spent weeks trying to teach my 3 year old daughter. On Easter morning, after the traditional Easter Egg hunt, I grabbed the video camera for her to share my profound teaching with the world.

I pointed the camera at her beaming face. She looked up at me in her little Easter dress eager to speak to the world. Her hands behind her back, she bounced on her toes waiting for me to record. “Christina, what is Easter about?” She thrust two sticky brown hands at the camera, gave a huge smile and yelled…