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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 Heartlight

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 198 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.

    Asking the Right Questions at the Right Time

    Asking the Right Questions at the Right Time

    In today's episode, Mark Gregston answers the most pressing parenting question of the week, which is all about ... questions! Do you know how to effectively ask your teen questions that will get them to open up about what's going on in their heart? Or are your questions just a way to insert your own opinions? Tune in to hear Mark's tips for how to ask your teen great questions — and get them to take an interest in you, too!   

    Need Mark's advice? Send in your questions at markgregston.com

    • 29 min
    Single Parents: Holding the Line

    Single Parents: Holding the Line

    Being a single mom or dad is one of the toughest roles out there, and if your teen is acting out, it's easy to feel totally overwhelmed! That's why it's so important for single parents to hold tight to the standards they've set for their household and find a support system. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share tips to help single parents and discuss how you can still have a close relationship with your teen even with limited time. Listen in now!  

    Interested in learning more about Heartlight? Check out heartlightministries.org

    • 12 min
    Steer Clear of Nagging and Lecturing

    Steer Clear of Nagging and Lecturing

    If you constantly nag or lecture your teens, they probably feel like you don't trust them or you believe they're incompetent. This is one of the quickest ways to dissolve your relationship with your kids! In this episode, Mark Gregston shares his insights, gathered from decades of working with teens, about why you should steer clear of nagging and lecturing. This is an important topic, so don't miss out!  

    Mark's new book, "Daily Hope for Families," is full of devotionals tailored just for parents like you who want to understand their teen's heart. Order your copy today at dailyhopeforfamilies.com

    • 16 min
    Finding That "Lightbulb" Moment

    Finding That "Lightbulb" Moment

    In many cases, teens have to hit rock bottom before they realize they have to deal with the big issues in their lives, whether it's addiction, insecurity or anything in between. In today's episode, Mark Gregston sits down with a couple of Heartlight teens who both had to accept that they needed help if they wanted to get their lives back on track. Listen in to hear their stories!  

    If you want to learn how to pass wisdom and insight on to a teen grandchild in your life, then the new e-course, "Leaving a Legacy of Hope," is for you! You can enroll at parentingtodaysteens.thinkific.com/courses/leaving-a-legacy-of-hope

    • 24 min
    "I Can Do This On My Own, Mom!"

    "I Can Do This On My Own, Mom!"

    When kids hit the middle of their teen years (or sometimes younger), you'll usually start to hear them say things like "I don't want your help," or "I wish I lived by myself." Often, parents interpret those statements as rude or rebellious — but look deeper! In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the indicators that your teen is craving more independence and share why parents need to give kids more chances to be responsible. Tune in for this great talk!  

    For more on readying your teens for adulthood, check out Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/16/raising-teens-in-a-contrary-culture

    • 17 min
    How Do You Support Your Teen During a Divorce?

    How Do You Support Your Teen During a Divorce?

    In this episode, Mark Gregston shares his thoughts on the biggest parenting question of the week: How do you support a teen through the process of a high-conflict divorce? When parents split up, it can be really hard on a teenager, especially if they feel like they're losing a relationship with one of their parents. Listen in now for Mark's advice!   

    Have a parenting problem you just can't solve? Ask Mark about it! Submit your question at markgregston.com

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
198 Ratings

198 Ratings

Nichol Renee ,

This podcast is a Godsend for me!

Raising teens is not an easy job. My teen and I had started butting heads pretty hard over this past summer. I was like, Jesus PLEASE take the wheel because I’m about to loose my mind. My child has been transitioning from a baby teen to a full fledged teen and I didn’t know how to handle it. I like that I can listen to this every morning and that it is just a short, sweet, and to the point message. Between God, prayers, devotionals, and this podcast, we are making great progress.

kris lily ,

Helpful Content!

Continually helpful information that makes sense, is easy to implement, and is wise. Thank you, Mark for sharing what you’ve learned about kids!

Cshrunner ,

Changing my perspective, help for desperate parents

With three teenage daughters in today’s culture, my anxiety might be out the roof without my daily dose of this podcast. Mark has helped me to realize that my parenting techniques, which were basically my loving parents’ techniques, were not working in this present day of social media and internet information overload. I knew I was not getting the relationship with my girls and the results in their lives I so desire for them. It is a work in progress, so I rely on this podcast daily on my way home from work to keep a loving, experience-based, Christian perspective in the forefront of my mind when I walk in the door to engage with my daughters. Thank you, Mark and staff!!! Please keep this resource coming!!

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