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A daily podcast released every weekday, the Parenting Today’s Teens Podcast features Mark Gregston, a parenting expert who has worked with teens and parents for over 45 years. Enlightening, up-to-date, practical, and something every parent would enjoy listening to. Raw at times, challenging at other times, but always hopeful to get your family to a better place in an adolescent culture that is sometimes a little contrary to what you believe and want for your 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

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 278 Ratings

A daily podcast released every weekday, the Parenting Today’s Teens Podcast features Mark Gregston, a parenting expert who has worked with teens and parents for over 45 years. Enlightening, up-to-date, practical, and something every parent would enjoy listening to. Raw at times, challenging at other times, but always hopeful to get your family to a better place in an adolescent culture that is sometimes a little contrary to what you believe and want for your 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

    I Mustache Mark a Question: Gender Identity, Social Media and Romance Novels

    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.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

    • 26 min
    The Unexpected Rejection

    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.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

    • 18 min
    Communicating With Compassion

    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-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

    • 18 min
    Teen Stories: A Path to Peace

    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.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

    • 22 min
    Navigating the "I Don't Want to Go to Church" Conversation

    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

    • 11 min
    I Mustache Mark a Question: Love, Loss and Lifestyle Choices

    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.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

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
278 Ratings

278 Ratings

Memom of 4 ,

Grandmother Help

Thank you every day for your insight and sharing how to love and raise my adopted three in today’s negative world. I learn so much from your ministry.

Patron of the Arts ,

Edu. questionable?

My teen was in a science classroom where doom and gloom were being taught. The Earth surviving valued more than human life. Us extinct like dinosaurs. Of course worry bloomed. Who would be so cruel as to tell a young person to pretty much be like a lemming "for the sake of the planet" they say is being wrecked by human beings! Apparently a popular movie actor has endorsed the thinking. What do we say to a teen listening to teachers or celebrities in place of youth pastors and parents? Life is a gift of God. Planet Earth is to be cared for but not to replace Mankind made Imageo Deo. Our most important job now is teaching truth at home. As well, monitoring what is taught at school.

Damion & Julie ,

So helpful

So helpful & insightful. Great way to stay informed & loving while your teen is going sideways.

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