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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 • 272 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: The Search for Connection and Identity

    I Mustache Mark a Question: The Search for Connection and Identity

    In today’s episode, Mark Gregston tackles pressing questions sent in by parents as they navigate the complexities of raising teens in today's world. Mark provides invaluable guidance on addressing anxiety, navigating the digital landscape, discussing sexuality, tackling academic disinterest and much more. He shares practical strategies for navigating tough conversations, affirming identity amidst confusion and striking a balance between guidelines and independence. Listen now for tips on how to mirror the authenticity, understanding and love that our kids so desperately need!
    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

    • 33 min
    The Power of Pain

    The Power of Pain

    As parents, it can be tough to watch our teens struggle. But if we want our children to grow in character and perseverance, we've got to resist the temptation to rescue them from every hardship. In today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd emphasize the importance of not shielding our teens from the natural consequences of their actions, outlining how this can be a key factor in their development. Our job is not to eliminate pain, but to take advantage of the opportunity that it provides to prepare our kids for the real world — 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

    • 14 min
    Navigating the Maze of Teen Struggles

    Navigating the Maze of Teen Struggles

    In today's show, Mark shares a personal devotional about the pursuit of peace in relationships and the importance of allowing relationships to survive conflict. He shares stories of heartache, loss and hope, and offers guidance to parents struggling with their teens. Mark encourages parents to invest in their child's future and to not give up, emphasizing the importance of taking action and being actively involved during difficult times. Tune in for this encouraging episode!
    For more on this topic, check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen Is Struggling." Order your copy at bit.ly/teen-is-struggling
    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

    • 17 min
    Teen Stories: The Weight of Expectations

    Teen Stories: The Weight of Expectations

    The teenage years are full of pressures — big and small — everything from trying to do well on a test to figuring out your identity. In today's show, Mark chats with two young ladies from Heartlight, including Emily, who discusses her battle with anxiety, perfectionism and the lingering desire for validation. It's a powerful reminder of the pressure teens face to fit in and excel, and her journey at Heartlight shows the importance of navigating mental health challenges with empathy and support. Don't miss these interviews!
    Interested in learning more about the Heartlight program? Go to 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

    • 21 min
    Building Trust with Teen Grandkids

    Building Trust with Teen Grandkids

    Building trust with grandchildren is all about deciding when to share your wisdom and perspective, and when to give them space to seek their own answers. But once you've found the balance, you can create a wonderful relationship! In today's show, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the important role that grandparents play in their grandchildren's lives. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of grandparenting, the need for intentional engagement, and the impact of storytelling and unconditional love. Listen in!
    For more help connecting with teens, take our FREE e-course, "Five Ways to Stay Engaged With Your Teen." Enroll at bit.ly/stay-engaged-course
    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

    • 14 min
    I Mustache Mark a Question: Reaching Your Teen's Heart

    I Mustache Mark a Question: Reaching Your Teen's Heart

    In today’s episode, Mark Gregston answers questions from parents who need guidance on everything from vaping and drinking to divorce and blended families. Mark shares that while the nature of issues may evolve, the core needs of every teen — belonging, relationships and a desire to appear older — remain constant. Understanding and addressing these needs, rather than solely focusing on controlling behavior, is the key. Tune in for valuable insights on how to connect with your teen on a deeper level and truly reach their heart!
    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

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 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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