Plugging teens into the faith: A how-to guide

The iGeneration is living in a culture of excess. But what they lack is what they need the most: Christ and his Church Emily Stimpson OSV Newsweekly Some call them the iGeneration. Others prefer Generation Z, Pluralists or post-Millennials. Sociologists and marketing experts have yet to reach a consensus on what to call the children of Generation…


Let Me Be Me

She walked out of the bathroom and my breath caught in my throat. And it wasn’t because she was all dressed up for homecoming and looked like a princess. I could only wish. Once again, my daughter, Lauren, was dressed in all black clothing and had rimmed her beautiful blue eyes with so much black…


Deadly Driving

5 teens from Texas. 6 in Ohio. 4 more from Illinois. Those were just a few of the teen driving deaths that happened in one bloody week earlier this year. The carnage has experts asking lots of questions about adolescents and their driving habits. A Growing Problem The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that “vehicle crashes” remain…


FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)

Dear girls, I have some information that might interest you. Last night, as we sometimes do, our family sat around the dining-room table and looked through the summer’s social media photos. We have teenage sons, and so naturally there are quite a few pictures of you lovely ladies to wade through. Wow – you sure took…


Privacy: Can a Teen Have Too Much?

Jason, a 15-year-old sophomore, stormed upstairs after a disagreement with his parents. His mood didn’t improve when he saw his bedroom door had been removed. As in, taken off the hinges and stored who knows where. Privacy. It’s a subject many parents grapple with. How much privacy is a child entitled to? It’s a dangerous…


Parenting 17-year-olds like 18-year-olds

The last 6 months I’ve been conducting a little experiment; but, instead of using rats… I used my daughter. No, I didn’t cage her, send her through a maze and reward her with pellets. I did something a little more drastic in most conservative parenting circles: I freed her from all rules and restrictions at…


It’s You…The Critical Role of Parents

Who do you think is going to have the biggest impact on the faith life of your children? It’s you. When you think about your kids growing older, you wonder what their faith life will be like: Will they stay Catholic? Will they even go to church? Will they take time to pray? Will they raise their…