Hidden pain

Many young people today deal with hurt by what is called "cutting." Learn more about what to look for in [this article](


BB's, Bullets, and Innocence Lost

"Paper bulls'-eyes and tin cans were no longer satisfying. Without really discussing it, Todd and I silently headed to the woods knowing that it was time to "graduate" to a new level of excitement by shooting at moving targets. Once in the woods and out of the sight of adult eyes, we passed his BB gun back and forth, alternating shots. Finally, Todd pumped up the gun, took careful aim into a tree, and pulled the trigger. A bloodied bird fell to the ground near our feet. We knelt over the bird and cried like babies as we watched it die. Guilty and shocked, we both ran home to confess our crime and seek solace in the arms of our mothers."

Read more of [BB's, Bullets, and Innocence Lost]( by Walt Mueller to explore the *virus of violence* present in the media experiences of young people today, and learn how to begin answering this problem in concrete ways that will help them regain their innocence.


There's a Virus in the Air

It's no wonder that many of the school shootings over the past several years were caused by young people saturated in a culture of violence. In [There's a Virus in the Air](, Walt Mueller takes a look at this "virus" which goes uncured in most homes, and invites parents to take an active role in monitoring the sources of input which are infecting their children. There is still time to teach the words, "turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14).


Time to Connect with Your Teens

Parents play the most important role in the development of their children. And, according to a recent study, much of this development gravitates around the closeness of the parents to the children's lives. Take a look at this article, [Time to Connect with Your Teens]( for more information on the study and and for a few practical tips for encouraging that closeness.


Spring Break

Ahh Spring. What a great time of year, flowers blooming, birds chirping, spring cleaning, and the best part of all Spring Break. In the past few years Spring Break has taken on a new meaning to many high school and college aged students. Many will take trips to far off places to escape the pressures of every day life, but what really happens while they’re on these getaways. If your child is going on a Spring Break trip there are a few things you should know about before you say bon voyage: [Spring Break 101]( Some sites recommend that parents watch some of the MTV spring break footage (starting today) to see what it's really all about. It may seem like a crazy wild shenanigan, but don’t worry hidden in a small part of MTV’s web site they have some spring break safety tips: [MTV Spring Break Saftey]( These tips may discourage drinking but the overlying message sent is: don’t worry, let go, be responsibly promiscuous, have fun. So when it comes to spring break what’s a good Christian parent to do? Check this out: [](,1703,A%253D159590%2526X%2...) If your child is going on a spring break trip you may want to discuss a few things with them before they go: [Spring Break Top Ten](

Not all spring break trips are wild and crazy, but it would be silly to put on blinders to the truth about these types of trips. Many spring break trips can be positive life changing experiences. Several area high schools and colleges are going to be leading groups of students to do service work in Mexico, Brownsville Texas, and other various places. It’s also important to realize that not everyone leaves this great town for spring break. There’s nothing wrong with staying in good old St. Louis.

The goal of this is not to scare you or to make ALL spring break trips look horrible or bad, but it’s good to know before sending your teens off what the challenges they may face will be. Let’s pray for all teens on spring break no matter where they are, that they make wise and healthy decisions and that they have a fun and safe spring break.


Safe and Sound

Got a teenager who loves music? What parent doesn't? Then you'll find this article titled [Safe and Sound]( useful. In it, a parent retells his experience at a recent secular concert with his son. He also outlines useful do's and don't's each parent should practice when approaching the influence of music in a young person's life, as well as things to consider before allowing your child to attend a public concert.