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Helicopter Parenting in Colleges and Schools

In this series on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, we’re searching for the truth behind the hype. In the first post, we explored what helicopter parenting is and what the causes are. In the second post we analyzed research on the effects of over-parenting on college students and in the third post we looked at some other evidence suggesting negative effects. In this post, we’ll see how schools are co-culpits when it comes to coddling students. Continue reading Helicopter Parenting in Colleges and Schools

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The Negative Effects of Helicopter Parenting

In this series on helicopter parenting, we’re exploring this phenomenon with the goal to separate the facts from the hype and see how it affects youth ministry. In the first post, we saw what over-parenting looks like and tried to see how big an issue it really is. In the second post, we looked at research amongst college students, showing both positive and negative effects. But aside from studies done amongst college students, there has been more research into the effects of parenting styles. Let’s look at a few interesting ones. Continue reading The Negative Effects of Helicopter Parenting

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The Effects of Helicopter Parenting On College Students

In the first post on the phenomenon known as helicopter parenting (or over-parenting) we explored some definitions and characteristics, and tried to answer the question if it’s really as common as sensationalists claim. In this post, we look at the effects of this parenting style.

Of course, the common wisdom is that over-parenting is bad, bad, bad. But can it be scientifically proven? Continue reading The Effects of Helicopter Parenting On College Students

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Helicopter Parenting: The Truth Behind the Hype

Helicopter parents.

Now there’s a term no one had heard of a decade or two ago. Now, it’s the talk of the town. As with all buzz terms however, there’s the usual amount of hyperbole and generalizations-based-on-incidents. In this brand new blog series, we’ll unpack this helicopter parenting phenomenon in more detail, separate the facts from the hype, and more importantly, see what this means for doing youth ministry. Let’s start by defining what helicopter parenting is exactly and what the causes are.  Continue reading Helicopter Parenting: The Truth Behind the Hype

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The Gospel According to Justin Bieber

Whenever celebrities mention even the name of God, many Christians have the tendency to immediately jump on it and celebrate this person’s ‘faith’. I’m definitely not in that category. But in a recent interview with Complex, Justin Bieber said some fascinating stuff about faith, God, the church, and Christianity. Continue reading The Gospel According to Justin Bieber

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Growing Up Black

I’m a white girl from Europe. Obviously, I don’t have any experience of what it’s like to grow up black in America, aside from what I read in magazines, newspapers, and books.

But I want to try to understand. Because watching the news, it hits me again and again how much racism still exists in this day and age. Sometimes it’s blatant, sometimes it’s subtle, but it’s there. Continue reading Growing Up Black

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Book Review: I Am Not A Slut

I Am Not a Slut should be required reading for anyone working with teenage girls, or students in general actually. It’s an eye-opening look into the murky world of teenage sex, especially how girls/women are perceived.

The author focuses on the term ‘slut’ which is often used by both boys/guys and girls to describe girls. She shows how girls are supposed to walk a narrow line between being too much of a prude and too slutty, while being bombarded in the media by ‘role models’ who get away with being slutty (Miley Cyrus to name an example). Continue reading Book Review: I Am Not A Slut

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The Hidden Consequences of Porn

[This is part of our Let’s Talk About Sex Series] Porn is becoming more and more accepted in culture. To anyone who’s been paying even the slightest attention to this phenomenon, this is not news. It used to be that porn was restricted to the magazines you had to buy secretly and hide under your bed, but nowadays few (young) people make a secret of their fascination with porn, in whatever form. Continue reading The Hidden Consequences of Porn

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How to Explain Sexual Consent to Students

[This is part of our Let’s Talk About Sex Series] One big issue when it comes to teenagers and sex is the issue of consent. For both guys and girls, the definition of consent is unclear. As I wrote about before when I talked about affirmative consent, it’s important to make crystal clear what consent looks like.

As youth pastors, most of us will want out students to abstain from having sex before marriage. However, sticking our heads in the sand and pretending none of them will become sexually active before marrying is a dumb strategy. Yes, I believe in teaching God’s design for relationships, marriage, and sex. I believe in stressing the importance of purity. But I also believe in an open and practical education when it comes to this topic. And consent is at the top of the list as far as I’m concerned because it’s such a crucial topic for both boys and girls.  Continue reading How to Explain Sexual Consent to Students