Successfully Preparing for the Empty Nest Years

In a recent radio broadcast with Focus on the Family, author Marci Seither offers soon-to-be empty nest parents practical advice for helping their children transition into adulthood while preparing for their own transition to life without kids at home. In the program, Seither also encourages parents of young children to take advantage of the eighteen years that

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5 Apps Parents Should Know About

In an effort to help parents and guardians better protect children and teens from online predators, the Huffington Post compiled a list of five apps predators may use to target children. One app listed, Yubo, acts as a “Tinder for teens” ages 13-17 and claims to help students meet new friends. Read the full Huffington Post article here. Being aware

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University Honors Students Who Found Love in Elevator in ’72

A recent article published by the Washington Post reports that Philadelphia’s Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator. According to the article, Sharyn Rubin and Eric Schlesinger met on move-in day on September 6, 1972, while she was moving in and he was operating a dorm building elevator. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Rubin

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How “Fear of Missing Out” (FoMO) Affects Time Behind the Wheel

Many have heard the phrase coined among today’s teenagers, “Fear of Missing Out” (FoMO). While most perceive it as a harmless mantra for today’s hyper-connected youth, a study released by Liberty Mutual Insurance revealed that the pressures of this “always-on” lifestyle have manifested in potentially deadly consequences behind the wheel. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, cell phone use while

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Taking a Stand Against Pornography in America’s Schools

As the parent of a middle school child, Robin Paterson and her husband were shocked to discover pornography in the school sponsored digital databases last year. The couple wrote an article expressing their concern. “We discovered, quite by accident, while perusing articles on ‘grade 7 biology’, that there were hundreds of articles streaming sexually graphic text and

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Workshop: Inspiring Virtue in the Life of a Negative Test Client

“The negative test clients are by far the most difficult  clients for me to consult.” We often hear this phrase at the Abstinence Clearinghouse. While we agree that the client who receives a negative pregnancy test is difficult to consult with, we know that the negative test client holds the greatest potential for transformation! Join

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Studying Teens and Technology

The Pew Research Center published five new findings on how teens use technology. According to the Culture Translator created by Axis, the study’s findings provided eye-opening research. In the study, 85% of teens say they use YouTube compared to only 51% who still access Facebook. This is why Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire recently launched a Youth Portal to bring back this coveted demographic. More importantly,

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Discussing Campus Safety With Your College Student

Concern for the safety of college students has grown in light of numerous incidents and tragedies on college campuses. Ideally, a three-way partnership will do a great deal of good in ensuring the safety of college students. Parents need to talk to their son or daughter about safety, students need to exercise awareness and behave

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4 Tips for Parents Sending Their Student to College

  As a student prepares to leave for college, it is common for parents to worry about their son or daughter being on their own for the first time. Once your student leaves for college, it can become one of the most challenging times as a parent. Here are some tips on how to successfully parent

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Responding to Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children

More children are mimicking inappropriate pornography-inspired sexual behavior. Behavior that they do not fully comprehend but have not been taught to process. Sexual behaviors are being mimicked in the same way other behaviors are mimicked by children. According to a recent article by Dawn Hawkins of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), “The real blame in such cases rests on

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Waiting Until Marriage: What’s the Big Deal?

“I knew I was supposed to wait until marriage to have sex, but I didn’t really know why,” Ally Spotts wrote in an article published by Relevant. Spotts went on to explain that many individuals in their 20s who grew up in the “True Love Waits” generation are guilty of asking the wrong questions. Instead of asking, “Why am

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A Note From the NAC Team

In preparation for the upcoming school year, we have had many individuals and groups partner with us through affiliate membership. As our network of abstinence advocates who are passionate about inspiring virtue grows, we wanted to be sure to share our organizations goals with you. For all you social media guru’s, consider this our “Friday

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E-Cig Use Increases Among High School Students

For a slim device that looks like a USB stick, the Juul e-cigarette packs a powerful punch. Each refillable insert contains twice the nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. According to Business Insider, “the Juul now represents nearly 71% of the entire e-cig market. In June, sales of the devices surged 738%.” Despite Juul’s growing

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On Social Media, The Past Is Never Past

Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb lost the bid for a no-hitter on Sunday in the ninth inning. Shortly after the home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Newcomb found himself faced with his past as tweets he had posted on social media in his late teens surfaced on Twitter. The Braves released a statement calling Newcomb’s old

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Mycoplasma Genitalium On Track to Become Antibiotic Resistant STD

First identified in the 1980s, the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) remains relatively unknown to the American public, compared to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) like chlamydia. According to a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MG is more common in most settings than the bacteria behind gonorrhea, called Neisseria gonorrhea. According

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Sex Education: Working With Your School Board

    School board members play a crucial role when it comes to deciding sex education curriculum. The following suggestions, from the book Abstinence 101, can assist you in working with your school board in the area of sex education. Do your homework. It is important to know the process in which your school district chooses

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One Woman’s Marital Struggle

In a recent podcast created by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub, the couple addressed the following question submitted by a regular listener: How can I stop feeling wrong and dirty about sex with my spouse? The discussion that ensued was both honest and telling. The woman who submitted the question admitted that she experienced difficulty allowing herself to

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HIV Rates and Condom Use

Many individuals around the world are given the false impression that condoms provide complete protection from HIV and other STDs. However, a great deal of research suggests otherwise. In his book Broken Promises: How the AIDS Establishment Has Betrayed the Developing World, former Harvard researcher Dr. Edward Green found that “More condom use is associated with more

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Sexual Integrity On The Rise

  The Centers for Disease Control recently released encouraging results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study, a biennial survey that seeks to quantify teen behavior. The survey found that over 60% of students surveyed have not had sexual intercourse resulting in a decline, relative to to recent years. The survey also found that drinking and drug

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Quitting Instagram

A recent essay that describes one 22-year-old woman’s “empowering and unexpectedly isolating” experience in freeing herself from Instagram is gaining the attention of both Millennials and Generation Z. The essay’s author, Carolyn, falls into the Generation Z category, which means that she is part of a generation that has never experienced the world without a smartphone. The

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