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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 • 202 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.

    The Impact of Pain Shouldn't Be Ignored

    The Impact of Pain Shouldn't Be Ignored

    When you're in pain, whether it's physical or emotional, it has a way of changing the way you interact with and respond to the outside world. Pain can cloud your judgment... and teenagers often struggle mightily with this! In today's devotional, Mark Gregston shares why pain is important, both as a reason for your teen's behavior and as a tool God sometimes uses to mold us. Listen in for Mark's insights!  

    If you're a mom seeking to parent your teen in a biblically-based way, check out "Prayers For My Teen." You can order this daily devotional at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/7/prayers-for-my-teen

    • 20 min
    When Teens Have to Own Up to Dishonesty

    When Teens Have to Own Up to Dishonesty

    In today's episode, Mark Gregston sits down with two young ladies from Heartlight who both found themselves caught in a mess after lying to their parents about their activities. For 15-year-old Elizabeth, it was easier to lie to her adoptive parents than risk disappointing them and confronting deep wounds of abandonment from not having her biological parents in her life. Tune in now to hear these stories of transformation!   

    For more on the Heartlight residential program, visit heartlightministries.org

    • 18 min
    Eight Keys to Better Communication With Your Teen

    Eight Keys to Better Communication With Your Teen

    In today's teen culture, it may seem like ALL of their communication takes place over texts, but don't lose hope. It's still possible to have meaningful discussions with your child — and they may enjoy it more than you think! In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share eight tips that'll help you communicate more effectively with your teen. Listen in now for this great advice!   

    Looking for more practical advice to help you parent during the turbulent teen years? Mark your calendars for the ENGAGE simulcast in February 2023! Visit engage23.com to learn more.

    • 11 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
202 Ratings

202 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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