Parenting Today's Teens

By Mark Gregston

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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.

Episode Date
Breaking Down Barriers Between Dads and Teens
00:27:59

Teens can benefit enormously from having a close, genuine relationship with their dad, but sometimes — through any combo of life's challenges — it doesn't always work out that way. Dads and their teens then have to work TOGETHER to overcome those obstacles and build a bond. In this episode, Mark Gregston chats with a couple of young ladies staying at Heartlight who are both walking through challenging relationships with their fathers. Listen in now to hear their stories!  

For more on this subject, check out Mark's article, "Parable for Dads," at parentingtodaysteens.org/blog/prodigal-fathers-2/

Oct 04, 2022
When Teens Enter Self-Destruct Mode
00:12:54

Teens in today's culture engage in all kinds of self-destructive behaviors, from cutting to drinking to sexual promiscuity. So, as a parent, how can you help keep them from making these harmful choices — or help them recover if they already have? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the WHY behind teens' self-destructive choices and share some advice for how you can be a voice of peace in their lives.  

For more advice on how to help your teen through a difficult time, read Mark's book, "When Your Teen is Struggling." Order your copy at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/9/when-your-teen-is-struggling

Oct 03, 2022
Learning to Love Your Adult Child's Future Spouse
00:07:01

When your child enters their young adult years, they'll more than likely start seeking out a serious relationship or future spouse — and you may very well butt heads with this new addition to the family. So, how should you handle this type of conflict? In this episode, Mark Gregston shares advice for a frustrated mom whose 20-year-old son is pulling away from his family because of a new girlfriend. Tune in now to hear Mark's insights!   

To send Mark your own parenting question, visit markgregston.com

Sep 30, 2022
The Modern Spiritual Prodigal
00:08:20

When your teen pulls away from — or outright rejects — the faith that you've raised them with, it can feel like you've done something wrong as a parent. But this is the most important time to trust in God that He will bring your teen back to a better place. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share encouraging insights for parents whose teens might be walking through their "prodigal" stage right now. Don't miss today's episode!   

For more encouragement for when you're walking through a tough time with your child, read Mark's book, "What's Happening To My Teen?" Order your copy at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/34/what-s-happening-to-my-teen

Sep 29, 2022
Teens Are Crying Out for Real Wisdom
00:20:20

From the outside, today's teen culture looks crazy — practically every parent can agree on that! But it's important to remember that it's all your child knows and if you don't understand their culture and only offer criticisms, it will damage your ability to share real wisdom and perspective with them. In today's episode, Mark Gregston shares a special devotional focused on how you can share your knowledge and experience with your teen in meaningful ways.  

For a biblical perspective on how to guide your teen through today's culture, check out the devotional series, "How to Parent Your Teen in a Biblical Way." Download today at bit.ly/3Rwx7Kr

Sep 28, 2022
Coming Back from Rock Bottom
00:19:47

In this week's interview with Heartlight teens, Mark Gregston sits down to talk with a couple of teens who know exactly what it feels like to hit rock bottom — both physically and emotionally — and have to rebuild. For Blake, his wake-up call came the second time he was sent to jail, where he realized he had to create a different path for his life. Tune in now for these incredible stories!   

Need some help pulling your teen out of a downward spiral? Check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen is Struggling," at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/9/when-your-teen-is-struggling

Sep 27, 2022
Teens and Drug Use: Don't Get Caught Off Guard
00:30:39

Out of the thousands of teens who have stayed at Heartlight, a large portion of them have been involved with some kind of drug use. A common factor? Most of their parents were caught completely off guard by their child's addiction. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about why it's better to be OVERprepared rather than underprepared for your teen to experiment with drugs, and share some warning signs to look out for.  

For more on this important topic, check out Mark's article, "Is My Teen Using Drugs?" at parentingtodaysteens.org/blog/is-my-teen-using-drugs/

Sep 26, 2022
Enforcing Rules on Older Teens
00:06:35

In today's episode, Mark Gregston answers the parenting question of the week, which comes from a couple trying to figure out if they can still enforce a curfew on their 18-year-old son. For older teens, it's still essential for them to respect rules and authority — it'll help them later in life with their own families and careers.   

Have a parenting question for Mark? Send it in at markgregston.com

Sep 23, 2022
You Weren't Created to Be a Doormat
00:15:55

As a parent, you have every right to establish boundaries to protect yourself AND your teen. Adolescents are self-centered by nature, and if you don't set up boundaries safeguarding your time and emotions, they'll walk all over you! In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about practical examples of boundaries and how you can implement them in your own home. Don't miss this great topic!  

For more insights on creating rules and boundaries, read Mark's article, "Getting No Respect from Your Teen?" at parentingtodaysteens.org/blog/teen-respect-for-parents/

Sep 22, 2022
Take the Pressure Off Yourself — And Your Kids!
00:23:39

Do you ever catch yourself worrying about if people view you as a good parent? You're not alone, but the good news is that you can take the pressure off yourself. If you try to be the "perfect parent," your teens might feel the ripple effects of that unattainable goal. In this episode, Mark revisits how pressure from a perfection-seeking boss caused burnout in his own life and shares what unintended messages you might be giving your teen. Tune in now!  

For more on how to communicate better with your teen, check out Mark's book, "Tough Guys and Drama Queens," at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/5/tough-guys-and-drama-queens

Sep 21, 2022
What Issues Hide Behind Perfectionism?
00:22:27

Teens that struggle with perfectionism often start using harmful coping mechanisms to help relieve some of the pressure they put on themselves. But unfortunately, this can come back to bite them in even worse ways. Mark Gregston sits down to chat with two young men from Heartlight who both struggle with trying to be perfect and likable in the eyes of others but are learning the true value of their self-worth. Tune in to hear their stories!  

To learn more about Heartlight, check out heartlightministries.org

Sep 20, 2022
When Your Teen Says 'No' to Church
00:11:04

For plenty of families who go to church on a regular basis, there will come a day when your teen (or pre-teen) starts pushing back and doesn't want to attend anymore. So, should you force them? Or let them work it out on their own? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle these questions and share why it's important to take the age of the teen into account when evaluating what to do. Don't miss this great discussion!  

For more on how to create structure within your home, check out the "Developing Rules and Consequences" workbook at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/14/developing-rules-and-consequences

Sep 19, 2022
Pinpointing the Proper Consequences
00:07:28

In today's episode, Mark Gregston answers a question from a distraught couple whose teenage son stole hundreds of dollars from them to spend on video games. Mark shares that while it's important to understand WHY video games draw teens in, it's equally important to set up proper consequences to make sure this young man never pulls such a stunt again. Don't miss Mark's insights!  

Want to ask your own parenting question? Send it in at markgregston.com  

Interested in exploring more Parenting Today's Teens resources? Check out the store at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org

Sep 16, 2022
How Does Divorce Really Impact Kids?
00:16:02

In today's culture, the chances are pretty high that your family has been directly or indirectly impacted by divorce in some way — and many people say that kids are able to cope reasonably well when their parents split up. But is that really the case? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle this tough topic and share what divorced parents can do to make sure they don't lose their relationship with their TEEN amid the split.   

For more on this topic, read Mark's article, "What if My Ex Won't Hold the Kids to the Same Rules?" at parentingtodaysteens.org/blog/wont-hold-kids-rules

Sep 15, 2022
The First Step to Healing Your Family Is Acceptance
00:32:18

In this devotional, Mark Gregston shares stories from families who all had to accept the truth of their child's behavior or struggles in order to move forward. Of course, the truth may not always be fun to hear, but it's essential to the process of healing your family. Mark also revisits the challenges he walked through with his own son's choices and how those situations helped him grow as a parent. Tune in now!  

Want to learn how to communicate with your child more effectively? Order Mark's workbook, "Developing Rules and Consequences," at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/product/14/developing-rules-and-consequences

Sep 14, 2022
The Toxic Side of Technology
00:20:30

In today's episode, Mark Gregston sits down with a couple of Heartlight teens and learns why their families sent them to the boarding school. For one 14-year-old girl, being bullied into sending explicit pictures over text sent her down a dark and painful path. Learn how the counselors at Heartlight are helping her see her worth and beauty in this episode!   

Want to learn more about how to help your kids use technology responsibly? Check out Mark's free e-book, "Keeping Your Teen Safe Online," at bit.ly/3AwwgCa

Sep 13, 2022
Teen Suicide: Know the Warning Signs
00:16:47

When teens feel completely hopeless and think they have nowhere left to turn, they might start to believe suicide is the only option to end their pain. This is when they need your love more than ever! In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss the warning signs you need to look out for, why you should always take it seriously when a teen threatens suicide and how you can walk alongside them in the midst of pain. Don't miss this episode!  

For more on this important topic, read Mark's article, "Teen Intervention and Recovery," at parentingtodaysteens.org/blog/teen-intervention-recovery

Sep 12, 2022
Getting Your Teen Out of Their Room and Into the World
00:24:13

In this episode, Mark Gregston answers a question from a listener whose 15-year-old daughter wants to spend most of her time alone playing on her phone. Does that sound familiar? Mark shares some practical steps you can take to help your teen get motivated to take responsibility, start pursuing other activities and begin to learn internal boundaries. Tune in now for Mark's tips!  

Are you faced with a parenting challenge right now? Ask Mark about it at markgregston.com  

For more help with creating rules and boundaries for your teen, check out the Parenting Today's Teens store at resources.parentingtodaysteens.org

Sep 09, 2022
When Should Teens Get Medical Treatment for Behavior?
00:17:05

If your teen has been diagnosed with a mental or behavioral disorder, it's normal if you feel apprehension about seeking medication for their issues — many parents do! But getting medical treatment for a disorder is sometimes the best thing you can do for your teen when they're struggling. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle the tough topic of how parents can help their teens with mood and behavioral disorders. Don't miss this episode!   

If seeking help from licensed counseling professionals could be the right path for your family, check out Parenting Today's Teens' phone counseling program. Learn more here: parentingtodaysteens.org/phone-counseling

Sep 08, 2022
Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak
00:17:19

Anger can sometimes be an amazing motivator for teens, but it can also damage or destroy relationships if they get swept up in it. So, how should you respond when your teen flies into a fit of rage? In this episode, Mark Gregston explains that when a teen gets angry, there is almost always a deeper reason behind it, and it's up to YOU to take a breath, observe and get to the bottom of it. Listen in now!   

For more insight on this topic, read Mark's article, "Getting No Respect From Your Teen?" at parentingtodaysteens.org/blog/teen-respect-for-parents/

Sep 07, 2022
Working Together to Reconcile
00:18:42

When teens come to Heartlight, the lessons they — and their parents — learn often change the dynamics of their whole family, but it takes effort on everyone's part to continue moving forward in a healthy way. In today's episode, Mark Gregston chats with a couple of young men in the residential counseling program, including Jared, who has come to recognize that both he and his parents will have to work together to trust each other again. Don't miss these great interviews!   

To learn more about the Heartlight counseling program, go to heartlightministries.org

Sep 06, 2022
Preparing Tweens for the Years Ahead
00:16:37

If you're the parent of a tween — a child between 9 and 12 years old — you've probably noticed they seem to act more and more like teenagers with each passing day. That's why it's SO important to stay engaged with them and begin to teach them how to make good decisions and take responsibility now rather than later. Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd sit down to share some advice for parents of pre-teens that will help you stay ahead of the cultural wave headed for your kids. Tune in now!   

Looking for more insight on preparing for your child's teen years? Check out Mark's book, "Tough Guys and Drama Queens," at bit.ly/3MGVhPi

Sep 05, 2022
Being a Pioneer Parent of the Digital Age
00:24:50

The immense amount of technology and information that teens have access to today presents new challenges for parents that prior generations never had to deal with. Put simply, how much screen time is too much? In this episode, Mark answers a question from a frustrated mom who is navigating the world of screen time limits for each of her three kids. Don't miss Mark's insights!  

Have your own parenting challenge you'd like Mark's advice on? Submit your questions here: markgregston.com  

For more insight on how to help your teen prepare for adulthood in today's world, read "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order your copy at bit.ly/38Dy7eq

Sep 02, 2022
How Strong is Your Bond With Your Teen?
00:18:26

Household rules, expectations and belief systems are all wonderful things to have — but if you don't cultivate a real relationship with your child, those rules won't do much good. Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about why spending lighthearted one-on-one time with your teen is a huge investment in strengthening the relationship. Listen in for this great discussion!  

For more on why it's important to learn the heart of your teen, check out Mark's article, "The Greatest Gift to Give Your Teen," at bit.ly/3O5STSO

Sep 01, 2022
Over-Responsible Parents Equal Irresponsible Kids
00:20:15

If you don't start to hand over the reins of responsibility to your kids as they enter their adolescent years, it can have lasting consequences as they enter their adult years. In today's devotional, Mark Gregston explains that overinvolved parents who continue to do everything for their teens are setting their kids up to be entitled and unmotivated adults. You want your kids to soar after they leave home, NOT return to the nest!  

For more on how to teach your teens responsibility, check out Mark's book, "Developing Rules and Consequences," at bit.ly/3BLttp4

Aug 31, 2022
When Blended Families Start Bickering
00:25:18

If you're a stepparent to a teenager, you probably know that your relationship with them comes with a unique set of challenges. In this week's interview, Mark Gregston sits down with a young lady who found herself at Heartlight because she and her stepmom struggled with nonstop conflict. But at the end of the day, their relationship is one of the most valued ones in this teen's life. Don't miss this episode!   

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

Aug 30, 2022
Giving Thanks in the Middle of a Storm
00:13:18

It can be hard to keep a positive outlook when you're walking through difficulty with your teen, but eventually, every storm comes to an end. In today's episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss why you should try to see the good in your child and still offer them unconditional love in the midst of their struggles — just like God does for us. Tune in for this great discussion!   

For more on this topic, read Mark's article, "Develop a New Style of Resolving Conflict," at bit.ly/3K00t0E

Aug 29, 2022
Letting Your Children Speak for Themselves
00:09:02

If your child is shutting down and never wants to engage in conversations with you, there is almost always something going on behind the scenes. In this episode, Mark Gregston tackles a tough question sent in by a mom whose son hasn't been willing to open up to her or a counselor. As a parent, it's crucial to show your child that you'll give them a listening ear, without interjecting your opinion or speaking FOR them. Tune in for Mark's insights!  

Got a parenting question for Mark? Ask it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

If you're looking for biblical guidance on how to stay engaged with your struggling teen, check out "How to Parent Your Teen in a Biblical Way." Download the devotional here: bit.ly/3JOBE7Y

Aug 26, 2022
Birds of a Feather...
00:13:03

If you're like many parents, you can probably pinpoint which one of your teen's friends is "the bad kid." But have you ever wondered why your child is drawn to that friendship? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how a teen's friends are often an expression of what's going on in their hearts, and why you should steer clear of sheltering your kids too much. Don't miss this great discussion!  

For more on this topic, check out Mark's article, "Teens Need to Belong," at bit.ly/3AgeiFe

Aug 25, 2022
The Power of Positive Affirmations
00:16:26

Comments people make to teens, especially negative or hurtful ones, can leave a lasting impact on their hearts for years to come. In this devotional, Mark Gregston recalls how he was personally impacted by naysayers — along with how he was uplifted and motivated by mentors who believed in him. Your children need your encouragement to chase God's calling for their lives!  

If you're looking for more insight on how to effectively communicate with your teen, read Mark's article, "Navigating Your Teen's Universe," at bit.ly/3cQhgqr

Aug 24, 2022
The Impact of Instability
00:18:36

Growing up in a family where houses and parental dynamics are constantly changing can definitely have an impact on kids — especially once they hit their teen years. In this episode, Mark Gregston interviews a couple more Heartlight teens, including one young lady who is working through drug abuse recovery and emotional wounds caused by an unstable household. But no matter the obstacles, she wants to grow to be a great role model for her younger siblings. Don't miss this episode!  

Trying to decide if Heartlight is the right solution for your struggling teen? Learn more about the residential counseling program at heartlightministries.org/

Aug 23, 2022
Mom and Dad, Become a United Front
00:17:43

Here's a painful truth: When teens start struggling, the first casualty is often the relationship between their parents. Not being on the same page about how to handle an out-of-control teen can cause a LOT of conflict and friction in practically any marriage, no matter how solid it may seem. In this episode, Mark Gregston sits down with Wayne Shepherd to discuss tips parents can use to keep their marriage strong despite adversity. Listen in now!  

Looking for more in-depth advice on parenting your teen in today's culture? Check out Mark's "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" curriculum at bit.ly/3SF8lZu

Aug 22, 2022
Are You Teaching Your Teen Responsibility?
00:18:09

One of a parent's biggest challenges in today's culture is teaching their child how to use technology and social media responsibly, without it hindering their academics, job or other chores. So, what should your approach be? In this episode, Mark Gregston addresses this question and other challenges submitted by parents just like you. Don't miss his insights!

Do you have a parenting problem you'd like to ask Mark about? Submit it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

For more guidance on how to navigate a difficult time in your teen's life, read "What's Happening to My Teen?" Order your copy here: bit.ly/3zbI5hW

Aug 19, 2022
The Dos and Don'ts of Discipline
00:13:17

As your child enters their teenage years, they begin to change a LOT — and so should your methods of discipline. Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to discuss how you can enforce household rules without sacrificing the relationship you've cultivated with your child. The way you discipline your teen now will make all the difference in how they approach their adult life!  

For more advice on how to shift your parenting style to best help your teen, read Mark's article, "How Do We Let Go of Our Old Ways?" at bit.ly/3BH8Gol

Aug 18, 2022
No Family Is Immune to Struggle
00:32:22

In this special episode, Mark Gregston shares insights on why it is so important to seek out wise, biblical counsel when dealing with an out-of-control or struggling child. In addition to sharing his own personal story of family hardship, Mark recounts some stories from parents he's worked with over the years who had very different challenges with their teens, but all found the only way forward was to accept the truth and seek wisdom. Listen in now!  

For more on how to deal with the most challenging issues in your teen's life, check out Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at bit.ly/38Dy7eq

Aug 17, 2022
Overcoming the Obstacle of Abandonment
00:21:24

Every teen whose parents get divorced copes with the situation differently, but sometimes when mom and dad go their separate ways, it can leave the child with a sense of abandonment. In this episode, Mark Gregston chats with a few Heartlight teens, including a 17-year-old who came to Heartlight to work through the grief and anger his parents' divorce left him with. Don't miss his insightful interview!  

Want to learn more about the residential counseling services at Heartlight? Check out heartlightministries.org

Aug 16, 2022
Learning to Parent With Grace
00:15:06

When you think of "parenting with grace," what comes to mind? Is it the elimination of consequences for your teen's bad decisions? That shouldn't be the case! In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explain that approaching a child with grace does not mean they don't receive consequences, but it DOES mean you will continue to love them no matter what they've done wrong. Tune in for more on this great topic!  

Need some more help setting up healthy expectations for your teen? Check out Mark's free e-book, "Developing Rules & Consequences," at bit.ly/3p0X2wZ

Aug 15, 2022
How to Make Your Questions Count
00:12:19

Like most parents of teens, you might be familiar with your child answering "I don't know," when you try to ask them about their thoughts or even how their day went. So, how do you get past the wall of "I don't know?" In this episode, Mark Gregston shares some questions you can begin to ask your teen to genuinely engage them and get to their hearts — eventually, they might start to ask YOU deeper questions too! Don't miss this special episode!  

Do you have a parenting question you'd like to hear Mark answer? Submit it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K

For more great conversation starters to use with your child, check out "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" at bit.ly/3MGVhPi

Aug 12, 2022
Love the Most When It's Deserved the Least
00:13:37

Most teens, at their core, just want to know there is no mistake they could make that would cause their parents to love them less. Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to discuss why it is SO important for you to communicate unconditional love to your teen. So many things in today's culture are conditional or performance-based — the integrity of your relationship with your child shouldn't be. Tune in for this great discussion!  

Looking for more insight on how to genuinely connect with your teen? Check out Mark's article, "Navigating Your Teen's Universe," at bit.ly/3cQhgqr

Aug 11, 2022
Give Your Kids Permission to Be Imperfect
00:23:42

One of the fastest ways to damage your relationship with your teen is to constantly demand perfection or place unreasonable expectations on them — you may have great intentions, but it could leave your teen feeling as if they'll never be good enough. Mark Gregston recounts his personal experience with someone who demanded perfection along with some comments from Heartlight teens who share what it's like to have constant pressure from parents. Tune in now!  

Moms, you have a tough job! That's why the carry-along "Prayers for My Teen" devotional was created just for you. Check it out here: bit.ly/3EpPSJP

Aug 10, 2022
Can Change Be Sustainable?
00:22:59

On today's episode, Mark Gregston sits down with a couple of Heartlight teens, including Emily, who is just about to graduate from the residential counseling program. When Emily first arrived at Heartlight, she struggled deeply with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and more, but in the months she spent on campus, she learned to love herself again. Tune in to hear how she plans to tackle her future after returning home!  

Do you have a teen caught in a downward spiral? Check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen is Struggling," for help! Order your copy here: bit.ly/3QHC7Mn

Aug 09, 2022
Parents, Learn to Start Saying "No"
00:17:44

Doing everything for your children when they're little is totally acceptable — but when they become teens, continuing to attend to their every need will only enable their selfishness. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the steps you can take to model selflessness for your kids and ensure they don't grow up to be self-centered adults. Don't miss this important topic!  

For more on how to help guide your teen toward healthy independence, read Mark's article, "Balanced Parenting," at bit.ly/3D3zUUW

Aug 08, 2022
Pick Your Battles Wisely
00:18:36

Today's teens are living in a culture that is often vile and full of demeaning language, and not surprisingly, this is reflected in today's popular music. So if your teen is listening to music you don't approve of, should you put a stop to it? Is it a battle worth fighting? In this episode, Mark Gregston addresses this question, along with several others, including how to separate mental health issues from behavioral problems, what to do when your child refuses to talk to you and more!  

Have a parenting problem you'd like to ask Mark about? Submit your question here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

For more insight on how to guide your teen through today's culture, download Mark's e-book, "When Your Teen Is Struggling," at heartlightministries.org/when-your-teen-is-struggling-offer/

Aug 05, 2022
Grandparents, What Do You Want to Be Known For?
00:13:37

If you're a grandparent — or will become one someday — you'll need to examine your relationship with your grandkids and what impression you are leaving upon their hearts. You have wisdom they desperately need, but if you are constantly nitpicking or making your grandkids feel judged, they won't be open to receiving it. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd chat about how you can have a flourishing relationship with your grandchildren. Listen in for some great advice!  

Looking for more insights on how to be the best grandparent you can be? Order Mark's book, "Grandparenting Teens," at bit.ly/3hLNliC

Aug 04, 2022
The Key to Connection: Listen More, Talk Less
00:17:26

How well do you truly know your children? Do you spend time listening to them at the dinner table? Or is that time simply spent lecturing your teen? In this devotional, Mark Gregston shares the importance of sitting down and asking your teens genuine, well-intentioned questions about their lives and interests — and NOT immediately sharing your opinions. Listen in for more advice on how to build trust with your teen!  

For more resources that will help you create a healthy and respectful relationship with your child, check out the Parenting Today's Teens store: resources.parentingtodaysteens.org/

Aug 03, 2022
Helping Teens Work Through Grief
00:22:19

When teens push down deep wounds, such as grief and low self-worth, those repressed emotions will eventually explode — often in very unhealthy ways. In this episode, Mark Gregston chats with a couple of teens who are Heartlight residents, including one young lady who lost her father in a brutally traumatic way and struggled to process her grief and heartbreak on her own. At Heartlight, she was able to transform her pain and anger into hope, so don't miss her story!  

For more insight on why your teen might be acting out, read Mark's article, "Misbehavior Can Be Sparked By Loss," at bit.ly/3RLEkGZ

Aug 02, 2022
Making the Best of the School Year
00:15:56

As the back-to-school season rapidly approaches, your teen might be nervous about returning to the pressures of middle school or high school. So how can you, as a parent, help shift their gaze away from what could go wrong and focus on the positives instead? Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to share advice for parents on how to come alongside their kids and help them make this the best school year yet. Tune in for their insights!   

Need some more encouragement on this topic? Download Mark's FREE e-book, "4 Fears of Parents During the School Year," at bit.ly/3cteI1B

Aug 01, 2022
Figuring Out a Teen's Spiritual Love Language
00:25:17

So, your teen has declared they no longer want to go to church — what now?! In this episode, Mark Gregston sits down to answer some tough questions, including what a parent's response should be when their teen decides they don't believe in God or they hate attending church. It might be time to examine whether your child's God-given gifts are actually being nurtured in your church, or if they feel like they've been pushed away. Don't miss this important discussion!   

Have your own parenting question for Mark? Ask it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

For more on how to help your child as they wrestle with their faith, visit parentingtodaysteens.org/blog/category/faith/

Jul 29, 2022
Do You Have a Good Relationship With Your Teen?
00:13:56

Do you know how to tell if you have a good, healthy relationship with your teenager? Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share FIVE markers you can use to gauge how well you're connecting with your teen and where you could do better. A great starting point is to simply spend more one-on-one time with them! Listen in for more of Mark and Wayne's tips.  

For some extra help fine-tuning your parenting approach, check out Mark's Parenting Toolbox at bit.ly/3tGbSMb

Jul 28, 2022
When Kids Are Blindsided by Culture
00:19:03

As kids enter their teen years, they get completely bombarded by information, gossip and negative messaging from media sources all around them. Unfortunately, as your teen's head spins with all the info, they can begin to view people as unworthy of respect — especially people in authority. In this devotional, Mark Gregston focuses on how you can maintain the respect you have cultivated with your child throughout their teen years and beyond.  

Want to learn more about what the Bible says about parenting? Take a look at Mark's two-week devotional series, "How to Parent Your Teen in a Biblical Way," at bit.ly/3tQqGb5

Jul 27, 2022
Adopted Teens: Struggling with Attachment
00:20:44

Adopted teens — and their parents — often have a unique set of challenges throughout the adolescent years as the teen explores questions about their birth parents. Mark sits down to chat with some Heartlight teens, including a 16-year-old boy who was adopted at a very young age. He explains that he struggled to feel a real, genuine attachment to his adoptive parents, which led to fights in the home. Tune in now to hear his story!   

If you have an adopted teen in your family, check out Mark's FREE e-book, "Parenting An Adopted Teen," at bit.ly/3P8jn7i

Jul 26, 2022
Are Your Habits Getting Under Your Child's Skin?
00:16:20

No matter how well-intentioned they are, many parents have habits they may not even be aware of that drive their teens crazy and damage the relationship. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd go over some of the most common parenting pitfalls you might stumble into that can end up pushing your teen away from you. Listen in now to hear their advice!  

Need some more ideas on how to keep a close relationship with your teen? Check out Mark's article, "The Greatest Gift to Give Your Teen," at bit.ly/3O5STSO

Jul 25, 2022
How Many Chances Is Too Many?
00:17:45

Most parents experience their teens breaking their trust. But what if you've given multiple chances and the behavior continues? On today's episode, Mark answers some of your most pressing questions on the topic of trust.  

Kids are going to break your trust ... but you can use those situations as teachable moments. Whether you've given them two chances or 20, don't give up. Consequences should be given, but should go hand in hand with encouragement to make the right decisions in the future.  

Tune in for more and share your own questions with Mark by sending an email to questions@parentingtodaysteens.org.

Jul 22, 2022
The Importance of Being a Parent, Not a "Peerent"
00:12:56

Parents are engaging with their kids more than ever before, but when those same kids grow up thinking the world revolves around them, they're in for a rude awakening. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss what happens when you've lost authority with your teen.  

Tune in to hear Mark and Wayne answer questions from listeners, as well as share how to have a good relationship with your kids — while not losing authority.  

For more information on what to do when your teen is not respecting authority, read one of Mark's many articles on the topic right here: bit.ly/3nyP1yU

Jul 21, 2022
Can Your Kids Count On You?
00:24:11

As kids enter their teen years, they become increasingly aware of how uncertain the world can be. They are surrounded by news of wars, school shootings, natural disasters and other anxiety-inducing information — on top of the normal social pressures they face in day-to-day life. Mark Gregston shares a devotional to encourage you to be the certain, steadfast presence your kids so desperately need in their lives. Tune in for his insights!  

For more tips and insight on navigating the challenging teen years alongside your child, check out Mark's book, "What's Happening To My Teen?" Order your copy at bit.ly/3zbI5hW

Jul 20, 2022
We're All Here for a Reason
00:22:10

So many teens battle depression and other mental health issues, and as parents, it's extremely important to be able to identify cries for help when your teen is in a dark place. In this episode, Mark Gregston has conversations with both current and former Heartlight teens, including a brave young woman who is recovering from injuries caused by a suicide attempt. Tune in to hear her powerful story of finding hope for her future!  

If you have a teen that is struggling with self-harm, please check out Mark's free e-book, "What Do I Do When My Teen is Cutting?" at bit.ly/3PeimKT

Jul 19, 2022
The First Step Is a Second Chance
00:11:06

Can you remember when someone gave you a second chance after you made a mistake? In the harsh world we live in, your teens need that grace from you, too! In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how you need to recognize that your child WILL inevitably make mistakes, and you should be ready to give them more chances to get it right. Don't miss this discussion!   

For more on the small changes you can make that add up to a great relationship with your child, read Mark's article, "Being a Superhero When Their Lives Suck," at bit.ly/3ujpVaR

Jul 18, 2022
Setting Up Balanced House Rules
00:16:20

Creating a home environment with balanced, reasonable rewards and consequences can be crucial for your teen's growth into an independent adult — but it's not an easy process. In this episode, Mark Gregston answers more great questions from parents just like you who want to see their teens succeed. He shares tips on how to avoid arguments, set up house rules for your teen's boyfriend or girlfriend, and more! Listen in now!  

In the midst of your own parenting dilemma? Ask Mark about it! Submit questions here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

For more help setting up boundaries and ensuring your home is an emotionally safe place for your child, check out Mark's e-book, "When Your Teen is Struggling," at bit.ly/3nuDAbo

Jul 15, 2022
Guilt and Shame: What's the Difference?
00:16:56

It's okay for teens to feel guilt when they do something they know is wrong — but when parents then approach them with shame-filled comments and criticisms, it can cause damage that lasts a lifetime. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd sit down to discuss the importance of implementing natural consequences for your teen WITHOUT any shame piled on top. Listen in for more on how to discipline your teen without damaging the relationship!  

Mark's article, "Five Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Rules" features more insight on how to establish healthy consequences in your home. Check it out here: bit.ly/3OzJcwM

Jul 14, 2022
Beginning Your Journey of Authenticity
00:16:26

Parenting teenagers is no walk in the park — especially when your child is going through a difficult phase and declaring they don't need you anymore. If you have unresolved hurts in your own heart, their behavior can leave you feeling lost and rejected. Mark Gregston shares a heartfelt devotional about how important it is for you, as a parent, to spend time reflecting on who YOU are and any lingering traumas you may have so that you can begin a true journey of authenticity with your child.  

For more on working through emotional wounds that might affect your parenting, read Mark's article, "Forgiveness," at bit.ly/3AhH6xk

Jul 13, 2022
Real Relationships Require Trust
00:21:58

Experiencing trauma and betrayal at a young age can leave a lasting, devastating impact on a teen's life, and sometimes they need a helping hand to lead them out of the darkness. Mark Gregston interviews two Heartlight teens who share their stories of transformation, including one young woman who found freedom and healing through learning to trust in Jesus. Don't miss these impactful stories!   

Interested in learning more about Heartlight's residential counseling center? Please visit heartlightministries.org/about-us/

Jul 12, 2022
Is It Time to Measure Your Motives?
00:17:44

Practically every parent can think of things their child does that are bothersome, but are you spending too much time correcting — or worse — nagging your teen about the little things? In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share how important it is for you to have the right motives and timing when giving feedback or corrections to your teen. Listen in now to hear their advice!   

Looking for more tips on how to navigate talking to your teen about their behavior? Read Mark's article, "The Teen Spin Cycle," at bit.ly/3QRWXsq

Jul 11, 2022
Are You Keeping the Door Open for Conversation?
00:16:57

Do you make a point to sit down with your teen at least once a week and simply spend some time with them? If not, it may be time to start! In this special episode, Mark Gregston shares a list of conversation starters for you to use with your teen in the midst of a conflict or to encourage them to open up about the challenges they face. Listen in now for Mark's tips on how to have meaningful conversations with your child!  

Have a parenting challenge you'd like to ask Mark about? Submit it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

If your family is going through a crisis and you'd like some help from counseling professionals, check out Parenting Today's Teens' Crisis Coaching Program. To learn more, visit parentingtodaysteens.org/phone-counseling/

Jul 08, 2022
Helping Your Teen Read the Road Signs
00:11:20

Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to discuss how parents should naturally fall into the role of being a moral compass for their kids as they navigate through their adolescent years. Teens can get lost pretty easily — and it's YOUR job as a parent to spend some time understanding the world and culture they live in. After all, you can't navigate well with outdated maps! Don't miss this important discussion!  

For more on helping your teen find their calling in life, take a look at Mark's article, "Teenagers Seeking Purpose," at bit.ly/3Og7zPX

Jul 07, 2022
When the Going Gets Tough...
00:17:08

It can be very tempting to totally avoid conflict when there's tension between you and your teen, but it's usually better to confront the problem and walk alongside them in their struggles. In this episode, Mark explains that how you relate and interact with your child during the darkest times of their lives will determine your relationship with them in the future. The best investment you can make is investing in the life of your child!  

Looking for more biblical insights on how to have a healthy, rewarding relationship with your teen? Check out Mark's free two-week devotional series, "How to Parent Your Teen in a Biblical Way," at bit.ly/3tQqGb5

Jul 06, 2022
Turning a Teen's Life Around
00:20:31

When a teen's home life becomes full of pain and tension, sometimes they see no other way out of the situation other than suicide. But no teenager is beyond help. Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of teens living at Heartlight, including Daniel, who shares how depression and strained parental relationships led him to a suicide attempt. Don't miss his powerful story!   

For more on understanding the warning signs that a teen may be severely depressed, read Mark's article, "Suicide Epidemic Among Teens," at bit.ly/3tTmuHP

Jul 05, 2022
Be Prepared for Pitfalls
00:17:02

Today's generation of teens faces so many challenges and areas where they can stumble into behaviors that harm themselves or the people around them. It is VITAL for parents to be aware of these pitfalls and be ready to help their teens. In this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd go over a list of the most common pitfalls so parents can be aware of what to look out for. Listen in now!   

Do you have a teen in a downward spiral? Check out Mark's book, "When Your Teen Is Struggling," for more insight on how to help them. Learn more here: bit.ly/3QHC7Mn

Jul 04, 2022
Are You Ready to Move From Teaching to Training?
00:24:23

Inevitably, when your child begins to move into their adolescent years, everything will change — and to keep a relationship with them, you have to be ready to change too. In this episode, Mark Gregston tackles some more great questions from parents, including what to do when your kids are using foul language and how to effectively transition your parenting style from a teaching model to a training model. Listen in for the answers! 

Do YOU have a parenting question for Mark? Ask it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

Need some extra help with a struggling teen? Check out the Parenting Toolbox, a collection of Mark's best-selling books and teachings, at bit.ly/3tGbSMb

Jul 01, 2022
Looking for Love in the Wrong Places
00:14:38

Today's culture has given teens permission to be more sexually involved than ever before — so how do you prepare to confront your child about this behavior or, better yet, prevent it from happening? Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd sit down to talk about the reason why teens are sexually active more often and how parents can approach this topic with their kids without shaming them. Tune in now for this important episode!  

Need some more pointers on how to continue the conversation about sexual activity with your teen? Read Mark's article, "Teaching Purity in a Seductive Culture" at bit.ly/3oVZ6XD

Jun 30, 2022
A Parent's Greatest Challenge
00:27:42

In this devotional, Mark Gregston shares that moms, dads and grandparents have all accumulated something that teens desperately need in today's world: wisdom. However, the challenge lies in finding ways to truly connect with your teen and share that wisdom in a way that is applicable to THEIR current culture, not the one you grew up in. Tune in now for more insight!   

For more on how to raise teens to be able to face the challenges of today's world, read Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Order it here: bit.ly/38Dy7eq

Jun 29, 2022
Recovering from Bad Coping Mechanisms
00:20:22

Teens have more pressure on them today than ever before, and when that pressure is coupled with internal pain, betrayal or strained parental relationships, they often turn to substances to cope. In this episode, Mark Gregston speaks with a couple of Heartlight teens, including one young man who is learning to have an open, loving relationship with his parents again after self-medicating with drugs for years. Don't miss these stories of hope!   

For more insight on why teens turn to drugs and alcohol, read Mark's article, "The Hidden Culprit of Teen Troubles," at bit.ly/3MRs2sV

Jun 28, 2022
Dealing With an Entitled Teen
00:15:48

So many parents have good intentions and start freely giving money and material things to their children at a very young age. Unfortunately, this can create a monster: an entitled teen. Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd sit down to discuss some tips you can use if you find yourself with a demanding, entitled teen. Listen in now for ideas on how to teach your teen the value of hard work and responsibility!   

Looking for more tips on how to create healthy expectations for your child? Check out Mark's e-book, "Developing Rules & Consequences" at bit.ly/3OdwGm8

Jun 27, 2022
Growing Closer With Your Child
00:20:26

All of us want to feel like we have significance in life — and for teens, the search for their purpose can take them in a lot of different directions. In this episode, Mark answers some more questions from parents and caretakers, including one mom whose daughter's rebellion seems to be getting out of hand. Mark shares how important it is to walk alongside and communicate with your teens as they search for their identities. Listen in for the rest of these great questions!  

Have your own pressing parenting question for Mark? Ask it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

For more on how to support your teens in today's challenging world, read Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture." Learn more at bit.ly/38Dy7eq

Jun 24, 2022
Teens and Porn: Shaming Is the Wrong Approach
00:10:53

The easy accessibility of pornography in today's culture is something that has a widespread impact on both teen guys and girls, so how can parents be prepared to confront this topic? Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss how shaming or guilting a child who is struggling with porn is not the correct approach, and share some tips for parents on how to have this tough talk with their kids. Tune in to hear their insights!  

For more advice on how to safeguard your teen's internet habits, check out Mark's article, "Parenting the Internet," at bit.ly/3xlOTae

Jun 23, 2022
Getting to the Heart of Your Teen's Anger
00:17:22

As practically every parent of a teen knows, when your child doesn't get what they want, it can lead to angry outbursts. And if you lose your temper too, it creates the perfect storm. In this devotional, Mark Gregston explains the top three reasons that teens get angry, and how to approach the situation with a calm spirit, a listening ear and gentle words. Listen in now!  

If you want to learn more about how to effectively communicate with your teen, check out Mark's book, "Tough Guys and Drama Queens." Order your copy here: bit.ly/3MGVhPi

Jun 22, 2022
Taking a Break From Screens
00:23:14

We live in a digital age, and many teenagers today feel like they would really struggle if they didn't have their phones. In this episode, Mark Gregston speaks with some insightful Heartlight teens about their experiences at the boarding school, including what it has been like living without a cellphone. The surprising verdict? They DON'T miss social media! Tune in now to hear their stories!  

To learn more about the Heartlight program and how it helps struggling teens, visit heartlightministries.org/boarding-school/

Jun 21, 2022
Can Failure Be a Good Thing?
00:12:19

If you, as a parent, look at failure as something to be ashamed of, chances are your teens will too — but inevitably, they WILL take risks and make mistakes. So how should you handle it? Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about how parents need to prepare for when their teens will make mistakes and use those situations as opportunities to grow closer instead of just being critical. Don't miss this important discussion!  

For more insight on what to do when your teen slips up, read Mark's article, "Confronting Your Teen's Mistakes," at bit.ly/3MApRtH

Jun 20, 2022
Creating New Opportunities
00:25:56

As a parent, what should you do with a teenager who just wants to stay in her room all the time? Or what about when your child really wants to go to a different school than the one you had planned for him? In today's episode, Mark Gregston answers these questions and more submitted by parents just like you. Don't miss these insights!  

Do YOU have a pressing parenting question you want to ask Mark? Submit it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K  

If you have a teen who is spiraling out of control and you need some more help and encouragement, check out Heartlight Ministries' Families in Crisis online course at familycrisisretreat.com/families-in-crisis-course/

Jun 17, 2022
Adoption: Staying the Course
00:17:09

Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd sit down to have a special discussion on the challenges parents experience when their adopted children become teenagers. Adopted kids often struggle with their sense of identity during their teen years, but if God called you to adopt, you must remain faithful to that calling even when the road gets rocky. As a bonus, Wayne shares his own adoption story! Tune in now!   

For more on this tough topic, check out Mark's free e-book, "Parenting an Adopted Teen," at bit.ly/3GHcab8

Jun 16, 2022
Moving From Teaching to Training
00:22:54

In today's digital world, we are under a constant bombardment of information — this is especially true for teens. In this week's devotional, Mark shares that when your child enters their teenage years, it's time for you as a parent to shift from teaching mode to TRAINING mode. Our kids don't need another source of info, they need real wisdom. Don't miss this great devotional!   

For more wisdom on how to shift your parenting style, check out Mark's book, "Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture," at bit.ly/38Dy7eq

Jun 15, 2022
Are Your Kids Truly Being Heard?
00:17:32

Mark Gregston chats with two Heartlight teens who share their stories of turning to drugs and alcohol to mask pain they felt in their hearts. Both young ladies agreed that if they felt their parents would truly listen to them — without judgement — their stories might have turned out differently. Listen to these amazing tales of transformation now!   

For more insight on WHY teens turn to drug use, read Mark's article, "Experimenting With Drugs," at bit.ly/3NKpUUP

Jun 14, 2022
For Teens, Image Is Everything
00:19:41

Does your teen act like a totally different person on social media than they do at home? This behavior is all too common. Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to discuss how the pressures of today's culture on the internet often push teens to portray themselves as someone they're not — or worse, put themselves in real-life danger.   

Mark's book, "What's Happening to My Teen?" offers more help for parents who are watching their teen transform into a different person. Check it out here: bit.ly/3zbI5hW

Jun 13, 2022
Getting to the Root of the Problem
00:22:39

Mark Gregston sits down to answer some questions from parents about the often challenging reality of raising teenagers in today's culture. This week, Mark tackles what a homeschooling mom should do when her son is acting out, how a Christian family should approach their teen when she declares she is an atheist, and much more! Don't miss this episode!  

Do YOU have a parenting question for Mark? Submit it here: bit.ly/3NzKC9K

Jun 10, 2022
Finding Boundaries and Balance in the Digital World
00:13:48

Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd sit down to talk about different ways to handle and be engaged in your teen's online life. In order to parent well in today's culture and keep up with your teens, you need to commit to becoming a lifelong learner when it comes to technology. Letting your teen teach you their favorite video game or app can be an opportunity to connect. Listen in now!  

For more of Mark's insights on how to approach your teen's online activities, visit bit.ly/3MTIWb5

Jun 09, 2022
Stop Controlling, Start Trusting
00:21:27

In this special devotional, Mark Gregston shares advice for parents who are engaged in one of the most common struggles you can have with your teen: the battle for control. Teens want nothing more than to take control of their own lives, and while they WILL make mistakes, it's up to you as a parent to begin trusting them to apply all the good lessons you've instilled. Don't miss this episode!  

For more insight on this issue, read Mark's article, "Turning Over Control to Your Teen" at bit.ly/3lM3EOe

Jun 08, 2022
The Hunt for Identity
00:23:15

When you're a teenager, figuring out who you are and shaping your identity can be a huge challenge and can often lead down some dark paths. Mark Gregston chats with two Heartlight teens whose quests to find out how they fit into this crazy world led them to rock bottom — but thanks to the counseling staff at Heartlight, they now have a brighter outlook on their futures. Listen to these young ladies' powerful stories now!  

If these stories sound familiar to you, check out Mark's e-Book, "When Your Teen is Struggling," at bit.ly/3LUUv0I

Jun 07, 2022
Teens and Drugs: What to Look Out For
00:12:49

As a parent, you always hope your teen will never turn to drugs or underage drinking — but the reality is the majority of high schoolers have tried alcohol and 50 percent have reported using marijuana, according to the CDC. Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about things parents need to keep an eye out for that might indicate your teen has begun seeking relief from life's stresses through substances. Don't miss this heavy-hitting discussion!  

For more help on this topic, check out Parenting Today's Teens' resources on drug use here:  bit.ly/3wNNE3l

Jun 06, 2022
Can Screen Time Limitations Prevent Connectivity?
00:27:20

In this episode, Mark Gregston answers all your questions about screen time. He shares that the number of teens and pre-teens with cell phones has dramatically increased over the last several years and shares advice from David Murrow’s book, “Drowning in Screen Time.” Tune in for more on helping your teens learn to make independent decisions that help them and you!

Jun 03, 2022
Single Parents, God Has Not Forgotten You
00:11:48

Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to discuss advice for divorced parents with part-time custody arrangements. When your teen doesn't live with you all the time, it can be challenging to accept that there are certain things you cannot change about how your ex-spouse might approach parenting. However, it's important to stick with YOUR rules and expectations for your teen in your house, and remember that God will not abandon you — even on the hard days. Listen in now!

Jun 02, 2022
All Behavior Is Goal-Oriented
00:25:57

As a parent, one of the most important realizations you can come to with your teen is that every behavior you see is a direct result of hidden motivations. In this devotional, Mark Gregston teaches that you must learn to identify your child's hidden heart issues to have a close relationship with them. Don't miss this important topic!

Jun 01, 2022
The Battle for Control
00:19:02

It's no secret — sometimes teens try to take full control of their own lives too early and it doesn't turn out so well. In this episode, Mark Gregston chats with a couple of Heartlight teens who began sneaking out and doing drugs to control their lives, rather than face the pain they felt inside. Listen in to hear them tell their stories!

May 31, 2022
The Do's and Don'ts of Raising Teens
00:14:05

Do you remember what your mom and dad did that annoyed YOU when you were a teenager? Do you do any of those things to your kids today? In this episode, Mark Gregston chats with Wayne Shepherd about the importance of not overcorrecting your teens or treating everything like a joke. Tune in for these great parenting tips!

May 30, 2022
Consistency Is Key
00:17:11

In this episode, Mark Gregston answers questions submitted by concerned parents, including one family seeking advice on how to handle their teen son's battle with watching porn. While there are certainly practical steps to take to monitor a teen's viewing habits, perhaps even more important is a parent's ability to consistently share WISDOM on a problem, not just information. To hear more great questions, tune in now!

May 27, 2022
Keeping Your Teen Close While Letting Go
00:13:50

Wayne Shepherd joins Mark Gregston to discuss how parents can find a balance between keeping teens close relationally while slowly letting them have more freedom and control over their lives. Teens may fall short of your expectations while learning to make their own decisions, but that gives YOU an opportunity to have genuine discussions with your teen and draw them closer. Don't miss this great topic!

May 26, 2022
Bad Timing Can Ruin Good Intentions
00:18:34

You may have the best of intentions when you're trying to speak the truth into your kids' lives, but if your tone or timing is off, it can leave your teens feeling judged. Mark Gregston explains how teens often need to think out loud to process — and what they need is a non-judgemental listener, not another teachable moment from Mom and Dad. Listen in for more on this important topic!

May 25, 2022
Learning to Open Up
00:21:02

Mark Gregston chats with a couple of Heartlight teens who are learning the powerful role that openness and vulnerability can play in healing deep wounds. Before coming to Heartlight, both young men struggled with the ups and downs of depression, but counseling has given them the opportunity to bring down the walls shutting others out  — and learn more about themselves too. Tune in to hear their stories!

May 24, 2022
When Good Parenting Yields Bad Results
00:11:06

There are plenty of good parents who do all the "right" things in raising their children — and yet are still caught by surprise when their teens begin to struggle and rebel. In this episode, Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about how parents must learn to shift their parenting style and grow alongside their teens. You don't want to miss this discussion!

May 23, 2022
The Art of Talking to Teens
00:14:17

Do you ever go out to a fun dinner with your teen, but struggle to come up with things to talk about? Well, you're not alone! In this episode, Mark Gregston answers some questions submitted by parents and gives suggestions on how to spark a thoughtful conversation with your teenager. Tune in to hear these great questions!

May 20, 2022
Helping Your Teen Spread Their Wings
00:14:09

Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to go over four ways you can help your teenager become independent. As a parent, you need to create an atmosphere your teen can mature in by inviting open conversations, and learn to listen to understand — not just respond. You don't want to miss these parenting tips!

May 19, 2022
Encouraging the Next Generation
00:14:40

As you look back on your teenage and young adult years, can you picture the mentors that left a lasting, positive impact on you? In this episode, Mark Gregston reflects on the older friends that encouraged him to never give up on God's calling for his life. Now, it is YOUR turn to lend a listening ear to your teens and pass on the insight you've gathered through life's challenges. Tune in for this uplifting devotional!

May 18, 2022
Taking an Unexpected Path
00:19:20

Mark Gregston chats with two Heartlight teens, Gabe and Anna, who each reflect on how they found themselves in a world of trouble in the quest to fit in with their friends — but never expected to end up at a boarding school. Despite their initial misgivings, counseling at Heartlight had a profound impact on both of these young lives. Listen in to hear their stories!

May 17, 2022
Keeping Up With the Kids
00:18:31

Teens are natural social butterflies and in today's culture, the majority of their communication is often through texting and social media. In this episode, Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about how important it is for moms and dads to stay up-to-date and take intentional steps to educate themselves on social media. Don't miss this important discussion!

May 16, 2022
Perfection Is Not the Goal
00:23:30

Mark Gregston sits down to answer some questions submitted by parents and caretakers, including a single mom who wants to bring more fun into her relationship with her teenage son. Remember, nothing on this side of heaven is going to be perfect, so it's okay for parents to relax their rules every once in a while. 

Tune in to hear Mark's insights!

May 13, 2022
Should Parents Be Internet Watchdogs?
00:11:23

Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss how you as a parent should approach guiding and directing your kids when it comes to their activities on the internet. In an ever-changing online world, it's your responsibility to help keep your kids safe.  

Listen in to learn more on this important topic!

May 12, 2022
Hey Mom and Dad, Stop Nagging
00:16:18

Do you find yourself repeating the same requests to your teen over and over? Well, you might be guilty of nagging. In this devotional, Mark Gregston shares why it's crucial for parents to stop nagging and lecturing their teens if they want to have a strong relationship. 

Tune in to learn more!

May 11, 2022
Stopping the Spiral of Addiction
00:18:57

Mark Gregston sits down with two teens who both struggled with drug addiction at a young age, but found clarity and sobriety through treatment at Heartlight. Drug use takes a huge toll on any family, but these stories of hope prove healing is possible — if parents and teens are willing to work together. 

Don't miss these powerful stories!

May 10, 2022
How Will Your Grandkids Remember You?
00:14:38

Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to discuss how grandparents can fulfill a special role in their teenage grandkids' lives that is unlike any other. If you show up, be attentive and listen, you can leave a lasting impression on your grandchild's heart for decades to come. Tune in for this important discussion!

May 09, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:16:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 06, 2022
Does Pain Have a Purpose?
00:14:22

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the purpose of pain in the life of your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 05, 2022
Establishing a Relationship with Your Teen
00:19:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston talks about how establishing a relationship with your teen is the most important thing you'll ever do. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 04, 2022
Stories From Heartlight
00:20:12

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 03, 2022
Does Traditional Parenting Still Work?
00:10:08

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about whether or not traditional parenting still works. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 02, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:21:17

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 29, 2022
Conflict Resolution
00:14:33

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how you can diffuse angry conflict and resolve the tension in your home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 28, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:17:09

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 27, 2022
Stories From Heartlight
00:21:19

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 26, 2022
Should You Be Saying "YES" More Often?
00:11:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd question if you might be saying NO to your teen, when you should be saying YES. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 25, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 22, 2022
Conflict Resolution
00:13:40

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how you can diffuse angry conflict and resolve the tension in your home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 21, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:14:49

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 20, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 19, 2022
Helping Our Teens Find Their Way Back
00:11:41

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when our teens get lost, and how we can help them find their way back home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 18, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 15, 2022
The Challenges of Being a Single Parent
00:11:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss ways to handle the challenges of being a single parent. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 14, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:16:26

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 13, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:16

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 12, 2022
Independence Day
00:17:50

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about healthy ways to raise an independent child. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 11, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 08, 2022
Dealing with Conflict
00:13:34

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk to parents about changing their perspective on teen conflict. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 07, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:10:42

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 06, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:08

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 05, 2022
Teen Grief
00:15:35

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss dealing with teen grief. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 04, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:25:53

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 01, 2022
Drugs, Alcohol and Your Teen
00:11:57

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about handling your teen's involvement with drugs and alcohol. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 31, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:23:16

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 30, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:25:55

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens.

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 29, 2022
Holding On to Hope
00:22:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to find and hold on to hope even in the middle of conflict.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 28, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:24:34

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 25, 2022
Nothing But the Truth
00:10:23

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to handle a dishonest teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 24, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:27:01

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 23, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:24:24

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 22, 2022
No More Tension
00:22:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd outline different ways you can release built up tension in your home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 21, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:19:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 18, 2022
Guiding Your Teen to Make Wise Choices
00:12:33

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd outline ways that parents can help their teens make wise choices. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 17, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:28:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 16, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:19:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 15, 2022
What to Do When Your Teen Has a "Failure to Launch"
00:19:10

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when your teen doesn’t want to do anything. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 14, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:11:17

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 11, 2022
Dealing with Mistakes
00:17:11

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to handle it when your teen makes mistakes. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 10, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:26:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 09, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:26:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 08, 2022
Guys, Control and Your Daughter
00:12:43

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when a guy is trying to control the life of your teenage daughter. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 07, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:23:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 04, 2022
Connecting with Your Teen
00:13:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss different ways to connect with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 03, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:13:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 02, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Mar 01, 2022
Building a Dream Family in a Dream Home
00:15:05

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about different ways to build a dream family in a dream home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 28, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:13

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 25, 2022
How Does a Teen Handle Difficulty and Hardship?
00:17:04

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what options your teen might resort to when faced difficulty and hardship. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 24, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:20:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 23, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 22, 2022
Is Teaching Abstinence Practical Anymore?
00:09:10

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the practicality of abstinence in our current culture. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 21, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:17:56

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 18, 2022
When Communication Goes Bad
00:12:21

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to bounce back from a communication mistake with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 17, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:18:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 16, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:18:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 15, 2022
Don't Let Silence Build a Wall Around Your Teen
00:17:41

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when silence builds a wall around your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 14, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:20:41

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 11, 2022
Communicating Value to Your Teen
00:18:26

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about ways to let your teen know they are valued. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 10, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:20:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 09, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:19:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 08, 2022
Healthy Teen Relationships
00:12:40

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to build a healthy relationship with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 07, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:25:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 04, 2022
Dealing with Isolation
00:17:51

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to handle feelings of isolation and loneliness. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 03, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:20:15

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 02, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:23:51

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Feb 01, 2022
When Your Teen Self Destructs
00:13:33

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to handle destructive behaviors in your teen’s life. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 31, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:07:19

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 28, 2022
When Your Teen Fires You
00:19:20

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to respond when your teen fires you. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 27, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:32:21

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 26, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:24:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 25, 2022
Establishing Personal Boundaries
00:19:08

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to establish personal boundaries for both you (as a parent) AND your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 24, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:30:34

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 21, 2022
What to Do When Nothing Is Working
00:15:13

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when it feels like nothing is working with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 20, 2022
A Parent's Greatest Challenge
00:27:42

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional about a parent's greatest challenge. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 19, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:22:15

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 18, 2022
Seize Your Opportunity!
00:11:15

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about not missing important opportunities with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 17, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:26:02

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 14, 2022
What to Do, What Not to Do
00:19:41

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about things you should stop and start doing as a parent. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 13, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:16:40

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 12, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 11, 2022
Keeping Your Teen Safe on the Internet
00:15:51

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about internet safety with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 10, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:26:50

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 07, 2022
Dealing with a Spiritual Prodigal
00:08:52

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do with a spiritual prodigal in your home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 06, 2022
A Devotional from Mark
00:16:33

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 05, 2022
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:51

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 04, 2022
The Realities of Teen Suicide
00:17:17

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the issue of teen suicide. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jan 03, 2022
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:33:03

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 31, 2021
How to Handle Consequences
00:12:31

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to deal with your teen and consequences. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 30, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:14:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 29, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:23

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 28, 2021
Teen Triggers
00:15:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the things that trigger your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 27, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:27:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 24, 2021
Communicating with Your Teen
00:11:23

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about communicating with your teen by using their language. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 23, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:17:26

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 22, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:23:05

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 21, 2021
What Are You Instilling in Your Teen
00:17:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd outline 3 key character qualities to instill in your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 20, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:27:55

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 17, 2021
Feeling Down and Out?
00:12:20

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd provide some encouragement to tired parents: Do. Not. Quit. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 16, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:23:32

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 15, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:28:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 14, 2021
Tween Responsibility
00:17:07

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to build responsibility in your tween.
 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 13, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:17:05

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 10, 2021
Should You Medicate Your Teen?
00:17:24

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd ask, "should you medicate your teen?" 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 09, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:17:22

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 08, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:23:30

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 07, 2021
Teens and Drugs
00:18:23

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the increase of drug use among teens. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 06, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:30:04

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 03, 2021
Having a Belief System
00:15:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about why it is important to establish a belief system in your home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 02, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:13:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Dec 01, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:23:13

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 30, 2021
Second Chances
00:11:05

Do our teens deserve a second chance? 

Listen in to this episode as Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the topic of our teens and second chances. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 29, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:06:11

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 26, 2021
Teen Discipline
00:13:18

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss 4 questions every parent must ask when it comes to teen discipline.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 25, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:17:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 24, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:19:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 23, 2021
Filled with Thankfulness
00:17:07

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about ways to be filled with thankfulness as a parent. To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 22, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:18:45

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 19, 2021
This One Is for the Grandparents
00:13:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the important role grandparents play in the life of a teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 18, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:22:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 17, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:22:58

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 16, 2021
Anxiety, Parents and Teens
00:12:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about anxiety and how it can affect both you and your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 15, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:17:01

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 12, 2021
Rebuilding Your Relationship with Your Teen
00:18:26

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd outline 10 ways to rebuild a relationship with your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 11, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:16:26

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 10, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:19:24

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 09, 2021
Teen Pitfalls
00:17:02

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd give guidance to help you beware of key teen pitfalls. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 08, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:26:58

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 05, 2021
Privacy and Protection
00:11:51

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to balance your teen’s internet privacy concerns while protecting them at the same time. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 04, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:18:24

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 03, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:18

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 02, 2021
Good Parenting with Poor Results
00:11:27

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when you're parenting well, but things still aren't turning out well with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Nov 01, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 29, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:13:27

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 28, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:14:49

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 27, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:19:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 26, 2021
Consequences Without Guilt and Shame
00:18:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to give your teen consequences—without the added guilt and shame.  

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 25, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:21:16

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 22, 2021
Helping Your Teen Navigate Life
00:11:19

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how YOU can be the GPS your teen needs to navigate their complicated life. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 21, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:17:08

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 20, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:22

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 19, 2021
Becoming a Different Person on the Internet
00:19:41

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the dangers of the internet, especially when it turns your teen into a different person. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 18, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:20:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 15, 2021
Your Teen and the World of Pornography
00:11:31

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to handle your kids, the internet and pornography.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 14, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:10:42

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 13, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:18:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 12, 2021
Get a Clue!
00:15:24

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd ask the question, "Do you have a clue what's happening with your teen?" 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 11, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:24:12

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 08, 2021
Encouragement for Part-Time Parents
00:12:00

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd offer encouragement to part-time parents as they walk a difficult path. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 07, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:17:08

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 06, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:22:20

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 05, 2021
Don't Let Your Past Dictate Your Future
00:14:05

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepard talk about how to let go of the past and not let it ruin your future. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 04, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:09

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Oct 01, 2021
Maintain Your Authority
00:12:56

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what happens when you start to lose your authority with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 30, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:26:45

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 29, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:32

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens.

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 28, 2021
Don't Push Away Your Teen
00:14:17

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd list the 10 things parents do to push their teens away. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 27, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:14:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 24, 2021
Where Does Anger Come From?
00:14:40

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd deal with the anatomy of anger. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 23, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:21:26

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 22, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:25:27

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 21, 2021
When Selfishness Overtakes Your Teen
00:17:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to deal with selfishness in the life of your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 20, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:12:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 17, 2021
Conditional or Unconditional Love?
00:13:37

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shephard dive into a very important question: "Is the love you have for your teen conditional...or unconditional?" 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 16, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:19:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 15, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:23

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 14, 2021
Failing the Right Way
00:12:21

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the good kind of failing. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 13, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:14:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 10, 2021
Does Pain Have a Purpose?
00:14:55

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd discuss whether or not pain has a purpose in the family unit. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 09, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:10:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 08, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:19:32

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens.

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 07, 2021
The Importance of Reconciliation
00:18:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk to parents about the importance of reconciliation, especially when it comes to their relationship with their teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 06, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:27:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 03, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:28:01

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 02, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:28:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Sep 01, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:26:34

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 31, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:28:13

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 30, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 27, 2021
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
00:14:52

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when your teen looks for love in all the wrong places. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 26, 2021
Judging Builds Walls
00:18:34

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional to help you as you parent your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 25, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:04

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 24, 2021
5 Opportunities to Make the Best of the School Year with Your Teen
00:15:56

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd share 5 ways you can make the best of the school year with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 23, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:23:42

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 20, 2021
Rules and Consequences ... That WORK!
00:14:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about rules and consequences that will actually work with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 19, 2021
What's Behind Your Teen's Behavior
00:25:57

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a story that will help you better understand the key reasons for your teen's behavior. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 18, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:02

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 17, 2021
Grace for Your Teen
00:15:12

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to parent your teen with grace. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 16, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:20:52

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 13, 2021
Slowly Letting Go
00:14:01

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to keep your teen close while slowly letting go. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

Aug 12, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:20:24

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 11, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:57

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 10, 2021
Super-Grandparents
00:15:05

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how grandparents can be superheroes in the life of a teen. To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 09, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 06, 2021
Building a Healthy Relationship with Your Teen
00:14:03

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd outline five markers of a healthy relationship with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 05, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:23:16

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 04, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 03, 2021
Dealing with Your Teen and Drugs
00:12:49

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when your teen is involved with drugs. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Aug 02, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 30, 2021
Raising Independent Teens
00:14:08

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talking about how to raise independent teens. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 29, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:26:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 28, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:53

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 27, 2021
How to Argue Effectively with Your Teen
00:14:53

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd give parents 7 ways to argue effectively with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 26, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:25:11

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 23, 2021
When God Interrupts Your Life with Your Teenager
00:13:30

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when God interrupts your life with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 22, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:27:01

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 21, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:32

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 20, 2021
Our Teen's Overexposure to Everything
00:10:58

On today’s episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about our teen's overexposure to everything. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 19, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:24:29

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 16, 2021
Your Teen's Search for Love and Value
00:14:30

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the topic of your teen's search for love and value. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 15, 2021
What Do Our Teens Really Want? (Part 2)
00:28:01

On this episode, Mark Gregston continues his talk about how to give our teens what they want, but also what they really need. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

Jul 14, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:22:31

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 13, 2021
When Things Fall Apart at Home
00:13:04

On today’s episode, Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about the role grandparents can play in helping to parent a teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 12, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:24:34

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 09, 2021
How to Talk to Your Teen
00:15:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd tackle the issue of how to talk to your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 08, 2021
What Do Our Teens Really Want? (Part 1)
00:23:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston talks about how to give our teens what they want, but also what they really need. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

Jul 07, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:18:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens.

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 06, 2021
Depression and Anxiety in Your Teen
00:11:58

On today’s episode, Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about how to best deal with depression and anxiety in your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 05, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:25:53

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 02, 2021
Getting to the Root of Your Teen's Issues
00:12:50

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about getting to the root of your teen’s issues. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jul 01, 2021
What Motivates Your Child's Behavior (Part 3)
00:17:57

On this episode, Mark Gregston concludes his 3-part series on what motivates your child’s behavior. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

Jun 30, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:12:52

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 29, 2021
When Teens Shut Down
00:08:57

On today’s episode, Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about what to do when your teen shuts down. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 28, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:16:00

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 25, 2021
Help! My Kid's Friends Are Bad News
00:13:02

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd ask the question, “what if your kid’s friends are bad news?” 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 24, 2021
What Motivates Your Child's Behavior (Part 2)
00:13:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston continues his 3-part series on what motivates your child’s behavior. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

Jun 23, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:37:55

On today’s episode, Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepard to talk about the role grandparents can play in helping to parent a teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 22, 2021
Parenting As a Grandparent
00:12:10

On today’s episode, Mark Gregston is joined by Wayne Shepherd to talk about the role grandparents can play in helping to parent a teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 21, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 18, 2021
A Refresher Course on Discipline
00:12:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd give a refresher course on discipline with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 17, 2021
What Motivates Your Child's Behavior (Part 1)
00:18:17

On this episode, Mark Gregston begins a 3-part series on what motivates your child’s behavior. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

Jun 16, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:19:44

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 15, 2021
Intervening in a Teen’s Life
00:17:40

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what happens when you have to intervene in your teen’s life. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 14, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:19:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 11, 2021
Connecting with Teens
00:13:57

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about ways to connect with your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 10, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:20:59

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 09, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 08, 2021
Learning to Adjust as a Parent
00:16:55

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about learning to adjust as a parent. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 07, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:23:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 04, 2021
How to Raise an Independent Child
00:17:50

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to raise an independent child. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 03, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:24:27

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 02, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:23:18

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Jun 01, 2021
Diffusing Angry Conflict in Your Home
00:13:40

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to diffuse angry conflict in your home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 31, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:11:17

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 28, 2021
When Our Teens Get Lost and Can’t Find Their Way Back Home
00:11:41

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when our teens get lost and can’t find their way back home.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 27, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:18:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 26, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:16

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 25, 2021
The Dangers of Being a “Helicopter Parent"
00:11:22

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the dangers of being a helicopter parent. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 24, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:28:47

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 21, 2021
Hope in the Midst of Conflict
00:11:19

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to find hope in the midst of conflict. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 20, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:32:21

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 19, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:30

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 18, 2021
The Difficulties of Single Parenting
00:11:25

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the difficulties of single parenting. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 17, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:13

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 14, 2021
Dealing with Teen Grief
00:15:35

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to deal with teen grief. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 13, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:16:40

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 12, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:20:08

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 11, 2021
What Teens Wish Their Parents Knew
00:29:50

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd dive into the topic of what teens wish their parents knew.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 10, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:22:29

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 07, 2021
Releasing Tension in Your Home
00:22:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about ways to release tension in your home. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 06, 2021
The Importance of Pain in our Child's Life
00:20:06

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional about the importance of pain in our child’s life. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 05, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:26:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 04, 2021
Getting a New Perspective on Conflict
00:13:34

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to gain a new perspective on conflict with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

May 03, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:18:36

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 30, 2021
The Practicality of Abstinence
00:09:10

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about the practicality of abstinence.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 29, 2021
A Parent's Greatest Challenge
00:27:42

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional about a parent's greatest challenge.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 28, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:24:24

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens. 

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 27, 2021
Your Teen, Drugs and Alcohol
00:11:57

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to deal with your teen, drugs and alcohol. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 26, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:17:56

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 23, 2021
Controlling Guys in the Life of Your Teen Daughter
00:12:43

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do with controlling guys in the life of your teenage daughter.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 22, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:14:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 21, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:38

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens.

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 20, 2021
Ways to Connect With Your Teen
00:13:46

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about different ways to connect with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 19, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:21:42

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 16, 2021
When Silence Builds Walls
00:17:41

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about what to do when silence builds walls with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 15, 2021
Over-Responsible Parents, Irresponsible Kids
00:20:15

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen.

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 14, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:21:14

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens.

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 13, 2021
Confronting Teen Mistakes
00:17:11

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd talk about how to confront teen mistakes. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 12, 2021
Mark Answers Your Questions
00:07:19

On this episode, Mark Gregston answers some of your most pressing questions. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 09, 2021
Finding Your Dream Home
00:15:05

On this episode, Mark Gregston and Wayne Shepherd explore different ways of building your dream home with your family. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 08, 2021
A Devotional from Mark
00:16:33

On this episode, Mark Gregston shares a devotional that will speak to you no matter what your current relationship is with your teen. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 07, 2021
Mark's Interviews with Teens
00:18:54

On this episode, Mark Gregston listens to the stories of a couple of Heartlight teens.

To learn more about Heartlight, visit HeartlightMinistries.org. 

To learn more, visit ParentingTodaysTeens.org

Apr 06, 2021
When Your Teen Isn’t Telling You the Truth
00:10:23