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Parenting Today’s Teens

with Mark Gregston

"Some think that teens are rebellious, but we know otherwise. Teens are lost.

They’re lost in a culture consumed with value determined by appearance and performance that appeals to a teen’s longing to be connected with others. So lost that 85% of teens will leave the church upon graduation from high school. And so lost that many teens end up in a place they never thought, and hardly know how to find their way home.

And parents are equally lost, and sometimes just as confused, realizing that the tools in their parenting toolbox have become antiquated and ineffective. They don’t know how to counter the influence today’s teen culture is having on their child. Confusion enters and hope for a better future evaporates as parents see their teens choosing mindsets, behaviors, and beliefs outside their traditional values.

So Heartlight Ministries exists to do 2 things.

First, we provide a safe haven of hope for 56 struggling teens at our residential counseling center located in Longview, Texas. Our atmosphere of relationships creates an arena of change for teens and parents lost in a broken world.

And second, we offer help and direction for parents of all teens through our Parenting Today’s Teens radio program, our books, parenting resources, and seminars and conferences….all dedicated to offering effective and practical ways for parents to counter the influence today’s culture is having on their child.

In short, parents and teens need us—now more than ever. That’s why we exist.