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Teaching Masculinity in the Midst of Fluidity

The phrase “back in my day” used to be almost exclusively said by a grandmother to their grandchild, with 60 or so years separating their birthdays. However, in 2019, cultural norms are shifting so rapidly that someone born 10...

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Fluidity is Changing Our World (and Your Teen)

Forget Cinderella and think Moana. Less Beyoncé and more Solange. Leave Coachella behind and embrace Camp Flog Gnaw. Ditch your Levi’s for Universal Standard, Forever 21 for Fashion Nova. Replace Jay-Z with Tyler, the Creator; Sixteen Candles with Love,...

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Teen Culture Update: April 2019

Between the Sri Lanka Easter attacks, TIME’s 100 most influential people list, Avengers, Taylor Swift, and Coachella, it’s been a busy spring for teen culture. Here are some important things that have been going on that your teens are...

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Is There One True Religion?

When I was in college, I majored in Religious Studies, and in the process was able to explore the history and beliefs of many of the world’s religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity… among others. It was a...

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Getting Honest With Your Teen About Suffering

Omnibenevolent. It looks like one of those complicated National Spelling Bee words, but all it really means is all-good. What could possibly fit this description? Surely no one and nothing in the non-fiction realm. Maybe Mister Rogers. End of...

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Cinco Verdades los Jóvenes Necesitan Asimilar para la Vocación

“Dios tiene un plan para tu vida. Su plan va a ser el camino a tu mayor felicidad.” Esto me decían mis papás cuando era joven. Pero yo crecí tocando los tambores e imaginaba ser un músico famoso. Eso...

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The Truth About Tolerance

WHAT DOES CULTURE SAY ABOUT TOLERANCE?   We are all formed by the culture we live in; there is no way around it. While we all experience it, teens are typically impacted by the trends and trains of thought...

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Gen Z Teens Are More Religious Than They Think

Massive crowds. Horrifying humidity. Unforgettable connections. Those are the three phrases I would use to describe the experience of World Youth Day (WYD) in a nutshell. Probably not the typical pilgrim’s response, but it’s my honest one. In spite...

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Teen Culture Update: March 2019

WHAT’S NEW   Social concerns Although it’s primarily indicted parents, the recent college admission scandal has not been lost on teens for a couple of reasons. First of all, Lori Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, is a popular YouTuber (and...

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Social Media Basics: Filters

You’re scrolling down your Instagram feed and see your kid’s most recent post of them with the family dog. You like the photo, but stare at it for a few seconds thinking, “Hold up, that looks like it was...

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