“Wow . . . really?” “God bless you!” “I’ll pray for you!” These are the top three responses I get from people when they learn I work with middle school students for a living. And usually, it’s said in a tone of confusion or skepticism. Most adults simply can’t believe someone would choose my…

  Josh Shipp, award-winning teen expert featured on MTV, CNN, and in The New York Times, gives parents strategies you can use today to help understand and parent your teenager well. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | SoundCloud | TuneIn   YOUR CUE Instead of lecturing, try asking your teen questions to gauge…

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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. Among young adults the use of social media is ubiquitous. However, posts from this population segment often include content that contains sexual or offensive material. Researchers from the University of Plymouth investigated this behavior and discovered risky social media posts are not just due…

  *The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.   Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report.   Brain scans showed that these changes were particularly pronounced in sports that have the greatest risk of body contact.   “There…

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What We’re Learning Aug 27-Sept 10th: Nothing can bring out the crazy in you quite like family. Am I right? Deep down you know they probably aren’t plotting to make your life difficult, but some days it feels like that is exactly what they’re doing. Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say about how…

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  Jeff Henderson, lead pastor of Atlanta-area Gwinnett Church joins us to talk about how parenting boys during the middle school years, ages 11-14, is critical to establishing a sense of self-worth and confidence. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | SoundCloud | TuneIn   YOUR CUE Look for ways to encourage your child…

The transition from summertime to back-to-school can happen so quickly that we’re already in our new routine before we even realize it. Below are some suggestions for how to create an intentional and meaningful back-to-school rhythm for a kid in each phase. Preschool: BacktoSchoolRhythm_Pre_single Elementary: BacktoSchoolRhythm_Elem_single Middle School: BacktoSchoolRhythm_MS_single High School: BacktoSchoolRhythm_HS_single