The Significance of a Good Mentor

“Our very brains are shaped and molded by the significant others in our lives, especially those relationships we call role models,” wrote counselor Jim Rose in a recent article published by Covenant Eyes. In the article, Jim explains three ways in which science reveals a need for everyone to have good mentors including how mentors influence the Enteric Nervous

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Cosmo Glamorizes Sexual Promiscuity

The Journal of Law and Social Deviance (LSD), a peer-reviewed journal affiliated with Florida International University, recently published an article, The ‘Cosmo Girl’ Invades Middle Schools: Grooming Girls for Disease and Depression. Author and researcher Dr. Judith Reisman describes how Cosmopolitan, supposedly aimed at adult women, uses teen television stars and teen influencers on its covers to lure young women

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A Father’s Influence

Fathers, you have more influence than you can imagine! No matter how old your little girl is, she still needs an example of a spiritual leader and a positive role model. Here are a few tips for you as you continue to pursue and protect your daughter’s heart: Schedule Time What gets in the way of

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Pornography’s Long-Term Effects: Erectile Dysfunction

A recent article from the Marriage and Religious Research Institute (MRRI), outlined the effects of pornography on culture over the course of the last ten years. According to MMRI the most telling effect of pornography is the epidemic of erectile dysfunction (ED) among men. “For all of human history this was mainly an older man’s problem,” MMRI

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Being a Safe Source for Conversation

Setting a precedent for how you respond to a teen’s shortcomings and questions is an important indicator of how a teen can expect you to respond to future shortcomings and questions. Your teen will be more apt to see you as a safe source when you show that you care to listen and attempt to understand their world. How

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Suicide Prevention

This video, created by Mayo Clinic, shows teens describing common warning signs exhibited by a teen who is considering suicide. The video also includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide. Learn how you can communicate directly and immediately. For more information about how you can recognize red flags congruent

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Parenting Through Spring Break

Spring Break presents a great opportunity for parents to talk to their teens about hook-up culture, sexual assault, binge drinking and drug use. Research affirms that your voice as a parent matters to your teen. Studies show that teens whose parents frequently talk to them about substance abuse are 50 percent less likely to try alcohol or drugs.

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Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography

In 2015, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography. In this groundbreaking document, the U.S. bishops provide the Catholic Church with instructions to help heal the pain and suffering of so many members of the Body of Christ. One of the primary steps recommended

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Why Kid’s Need Boundaries

In the video above, Dr. James Dobson illustrates the connection between those who are inadequately exposed to healthy “barriers” and “boundaries” of behavior as children, and those who as young adults excessively wander and meander through their formative years in search of meaning.

Teen Suicide: 7 Warning Signs to Watch For

Teenagers are capable of all kinds of unexpected behavior. How can you tell whether a teen is exhibiting typical teenage angst or showing signs that he or she is at risk for suicide? Here are seven red flags the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) encourages parents and educators watch for: Changes in eating or sleeping habits

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The Law of Diminishing Return

A guy said to his date, ” I don’t make a move on you for four dates.” If that isn’t love, then I don’t know what is. Not every guy is trying to use you, you know. If you’re with a guy with “Russian hands” and “Roman fingers”, it may be wise to heed these

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Child Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill”

When it comes to emergency preparedness, the value of discussing a safety plan with children is invaluable. Children are often taught where to go in case of a fire at school, to go into the basement if they hear a tornado siren and to seek cover during an earthquake. Children know these things because parents teach

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Victory in Florida

On Tuesday, February 20, the Florida House passed a resolution declaring that pornography is a public health risk. “Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or dangerous sexual behavior,” stated resolution sponsor Ross Spano

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6 Strategies for Hosting a Successful Meeting

Creating an atmosphere that allows for productivity and creativity can be challenging. Be intentional about making your next meeting more useful by incorporating the following tips: Have the Right Individual Leading: Without the right person to “run” a meeting, focus can be derailed quickly. You need someone who can politely and firmly facilitate discussion to ensure productivity. Start

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Taxpayers Fund Pornography Education

On Wednesday, February 14 the New York Times released an article titled What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn. The outlet asked the “question can teens be taught to see pornography more critically?” For insight, contributing writer Maggie Jones turned to a “Porn Literacy” class, a course currently funded publicly and taught to Boston high school students. While

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Worthy of Love and Respect

Respect begins with believing “I am worthy of love.” If you do not believe you are worthy of love and respect, you may allow yourself to be disrespected or disrespect others. Believe that you are worthy of love and honor because God gave us infinite value when He gave His Son for us. He knows

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Snapchat in Need of Policy Change

Snapchat is arguably the most popular smartphone app used by millennials and teens. Despite the app’s popularity, Snapchat recently made the National Center for Sexual Exploitation’s (NCSE) Dirty Dozen List. According to NCSE, Snapchat is frequently used for sexting and the sharing of self-produced child sexual abuse images. The built-in feature called Snapcash has enabled

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Register for the Heartbeat International Annual Conference

Abstinence Clearinghouse Founder Leslee Unruh will be a keynote speaker at the Heartbeat International Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. The conference will be held from April 10-12. Click HERE to view a full list of workshops, keynote speakers and to register!

Parents Given the Option to Opt-Out in Indiana

In January, the Indiana State Senate passed Senate Bill 65 requiring schools to obtain written permission from parents or guardians before teaching students about human sexuality, including “sexual activity, sexual orientation or gender identity.” The bill, sponsored by Senator Dennis Kruse, also requires school corporations to make their sexual education instructional material available for inspection by parents

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NAC Founder Speaks in California

Abstinence Clearinghouse Founder Leslee Unruh had the opportunity to share about the organizations mission and goals in California last week. She also shared about the important role of parents as the primary educators of their children. We look forward to helping plan more Purity Balls and Knight to Remember events in the coming year!

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