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Tag: teens

You Have Less Than 18 Minutes

Your kids can’t listen past 18 minutes I’ve been working on my presentation skills lately and came across a book called, “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds,” by Carmine Gallo.  This book studies… Read More

Life Ready Kids – Good With The Obvious

Being good with the obvious isn’t always something people respect.  I feel sorry for baseball commentators that run out of things to talk about but still have to keep talking because that is their job.  If you think being a commentator… Read More

Life Ready Kids – Decisive Without Being Impulsive

I’ve noticed that I’m not too good at deciding certain things.  Kelly and I were in The Home Depot standing before a wall of color swatches and were trying to find a paint color for our front door…. Read More

Life Ready Kids – Negotiate, Not Manipulate

There are two things that are pretty sure to get me on my soapbox. 1. Parents who beg their kids into compliance. These are the parents that are at the store begging and bribing their kid into doing… Read More

A Last Minute Request

We began this blog on January 30, 2013.  Since that time we’ve written 70 posts and have had a steady increase in readers.  My blog report tells me that the equivalent of five New York subway cars full of… Read More

Helping Your Kids With Their Choices: Getting Beyond Two Choices

I recently came across a list of the top 50 sitcom plots. It was fun to read because I could name several episodes of my childhood shows for each entry. The Cosby Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Ties,… Read More

Tempting Shortcuts

I recently read a devotional by Carol Knapp in which she told about all the cars that fell through the ice near her Alaska home.  The winter was unusually warm, yet many people were unwilling to adjust their… Read More

When Your Teen Won’t Confess

A dad told me the story the other day about his son’s unwillingness to admit he had a problem with pornography.  He had plenty of evidence that his son had a problem.  He had done so many good things by… Read More

What to Do when Consequences Aren’t Working

I remember an experiment my brother conducted when we were little kids. He had done something wrong and was going to be punished. He had the brilliant idea that he wouldn’t be punished if Mom couldn’t catch him. He… Read More

Relationships: The Path to Longer, Happier Living – Family Relationships

This post was written by Jim Smith, a long time friend of Project Patch who worked as a therapist at our Youth Ranch and helped launch our Family Experience.  He no longer works at Project Patch but continues… Read More