Fake Social Media + Spiritual Disciplines | Ep. 160

Fake Social Media + Spiritual Disciplines | Ep. 160

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Everyone’s spiritual journey is unique.

Teens are constantly navigating a world full of changes, challenges, and opportunities. Taking ownership of their faith is a rewarding way to maintain inner peace and find meaning in the chaos.

It isn’t about following a set of rigid rules or mimicking what others do; it’s about finding their unique connection with God and nurturing that relationship in a way that resonates with them.

Keep reading for ideas for exploring various spiritual disciplines and discovering how to best connect with God.

How to help teens pursue spiritual disciplines.

What brings you closer to God might differ from what works for your friends or family. The key is to explore and identify the practices that make you feel most connected to your faith. It’s important to understand that there’s no secret trick or one-size-fits-all solution. Taking ownership of your faith requires intentional time and effort. Here are some spiritual practices that might help you along the way.

Journaling

Writing down your thoughts, prayers, and reflections can be a powerful way to connect with God. Journaling allows you to express your emotions, document your spiritual growth, and see how God is working in your life over time.

Worship

Whether through music, art, or nature, worship is about expressing your love and reverence for God. Find what form of worship makes you feel closest to Him. This might be singing, playing an instrument, painting, or simply spending time in awe of His creation.

Rest

In our busy world, taking time to rest can be a profound spiritual discipline. Rest is not just about sleep, but about finding moments of peace and stillness where you can reflect and reconnect with God.

Fasting

Fasting doesn’t necessarily mean abstaining from food. It can be any intentional sacrifice of something that distracts you from God, such as social media, television, or other activities. The goal is to refocus your attention and deepen your reliance on Him.

Fellowship

Spending time with other believers can strengthen your faith. Fellowship involves sharing life with others, supporting one another, and growing together in your spiritual journey. It’s a reminder that you are not alone.

Celebration

Celebrate the goodness of God in your life. This can be through small daily thanksgivings or larger gatherings with friends and family. Acknowledging and rejoicing in His blessings fosters a heart of gratitude.

Silence

In the noise of everyday life, finding moments of silence can help you hear God’s voice more clearly. Silence allows you to be still and know that He is God, creating space for deeper communion.

Lament

It’s okay to bring your sorrows and struggles before God. Lamenting is an honest expression of your pain and a way to seek His comfort and healing. It’s a reminder that God is with you in every emotion.

Service

Serving others is a tangible way to live out your faith. It helps you see God’s work in the world and understand His love in action. Service can be anything from helping a neighbor to participating in larger community projects.

Bible Study

Studying the Bible is fundamental to understanding God’s word and His will for your life. It’s not just about reading, but about reflecting on the scriptures and allowing them to transform your heart and mind.

Prayer

Prayer is a direct line of communication with God. It’s about speaking to Him, but also listening. Prayer can take many forms – structured prayers, spontaneous conversations, or meditative silence.

Taking ownership of your faith is about making it your own – finding the ways you connect best with God and nurturing that connection with intention and love. It’s not something you can do for anyone else. You can only encourage them to embrace the journey and get out of the way!

Also in this episode

  • Fake social media accounts used to bully people.
  • What are satire accounts and how can you identify them?

In this episode, we mentioned or used the following resources about spiritual disciplines and fake social media accounts.

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Below Grade Level + TikTok | Ep. 155

Below Grade Level + TikTok | Ep. 155

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Unlocking Success for Students Below Grade Level

Report cards and grades have traditionally been our primary understanding of our children’s academic progress.

Grades don’t always provide the full picture, however.

That’s where Go Beyond Grades comes in. Go Beyond Grades is a national campaign aimed at bridging the gap between how parents think their kids are doing and the reality of their children’s academic performance.

The Reality Check: Perception vs. Reality

According to Go Beyond Grades, a staggering 90% of parents believe their children are performing at grade level. In reality, only half of the students are actually meeting this standard. This significant disparity underscores the importance of looking beyond grades to truly gauge a child’s mastery of a subject and where he or she is struggling.

The Power of Communication Between Parents, Teachers, and Students

So, how can we accurately assess whether our children are on grade level? While tools like report cards provide some insight, they don’t tell the whole story.

One crucial recommendation from teachers is simple yet often overlooked: talk to them. Engaging in open communication with your child about their academic experiences is key.

Ask them how they feel about their coursework. Are they struggling with assignments? Are they receiving constructive feedback from their teachers? By initiating these conversations, you can gain valuable insights into your teen’s academic journey.

Moreover, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you notice any red flags.

Teachers are invaluable allies in supporting your child’s educational development. Go Beyond Grades offers a PDF of sample questions you can ask about your child’s progress in math and reading.

The Importance of Continued Support

But our role as parents doesn’t stop there.

It’s essential to maintain regular check-ins with both your child and their teacher. While it’s important not to be overbearing, demonstrating your ongoing interest and support can make a world of difference in your teen’s academic success.

Resources for All Ages: From Elementary to College Planning

While Go Beyond Grades primarily focuses on elementary and middle school students, they also offer resources for college planning and preparation. Whether your child is just starting their academic journey or preparing for higher education, these resources can provide valuable guidance and support.

Strengthening Home-School Partnerships

Go Beyond Grades also offers resources for teachers to enhance communication and collaboration with parents. Establishing trust and fostering meaningful connections outside of parent-teacher conferences ensures parents feel supported and engaged in their child’s education.

Paving the Way for Academic Success

In conclusion, Go Beyond Grades emphasizes the importance of looking beyond grades to support students who may be below grade level.

By fostering open communication between parents, teachers, and students, we can unlock their full potential and pave the way for academic success. Let’s go beyond grades and work together towards a brighter future for all students.

Also in this episode

  • Taylor Swift is set to release The Tortured Poets Department on April 19.
  • What’s new on the looming TikTok ban.

 

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If you have a question about something you heard or just want to give us some feedback, please leave us a comment below.  We would love to hear from you!

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Karlie Duke

Director of Communications

Tobin Hodges

Tobin Hodges

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Caleb Hatchett

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Social Media Etiquette + Silent Teens | Ep. 154

Social Media Etiquette + Silent Teens | Ep. 154

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A Guide to Fostering Positive Social Media Etiquette

Social media has undeniably become an integral part of our lives, especially for teenagers who often find themselves navigating its complexities daily. Unfortunately, as much as it can be a platform for connection and inspiration, it can also be a breeding ground for toxicity and negativity. As parents and caring adults, it’s important to help our teens cultivate positive social media practices to ensure their online experiences are enriching rather than damaging.

 

Here are some key strategies to promote positivity and encouragement on social media.

Pause Before Posting

Before hitting that post button, take a moment to reflect. If what you’re about to share is polarizing or excessively negative, consider stepping away for a while. Give yourself time to cool off and reconsider whether your words will contribute to a constructive conversation or add to the noise.

Spread Kindness

Make a conscious effort to post something kind every day or every week. It could be a compliment, a word of encouragement, or simply sharing something uplifting. By actively seeking opportunities to spread positivity, you not only brighten someone else’s day but also contribute to a more wholesome online environment.

Remember the Human Behind the Screen

It’s easy to forget that there are real people with feelings behind every profile picture and username. Treat others on social media with the same respect and empathy you would in face-to-face interactions. Avoid making hurtful comments or resorting to cyberbullying, as words typed on a screen can have profound effects on someone’s mental well-being.

Exercise the Power to Unfollow

Not every social media interaction will be positive or beneficial.

If you come across content or accounts that consistently bring negativity into your feed, remember that you have the power to unfollow.

It’s okay to curate your online space to prioritize content that aligns with your values and uplifts your spirit. And remember, you don’t owe anyone an explanation for hitting that unfollow button.

Lead by Example

Our teens are constantly observing our behavior, both online and offline, and are likely to emulate what they see.

By practicing and promoting these social media habits ourselves, we demonstrate the importance of fostering a culture of kindness and positivity in our digital communities.

Let’s work together to make social media a place where our teens can thrive, connect authentically, and be inspired to become their best selves. It starts with each of us committing to being a force for good in the digital world.

Also in this episode

How can we get shy or quiet teens to engage and talk?

We have a few ideas.

    1. Group questions where everyone answers.
    2. Find their “thing” that will get them talking.
    3. Specifically ask if they have something to add.
    4. Encourage participation without making them talk.
    5. Connect one-on-one.

Teen Terms Mentioned

Ate

Doing something impressively. Similar to “killed it” or “rocked it” for millennials or Gen Xers.

Example: She ate that performance. = She gave a really impressive performance.

Era

Era is commonly used to describe someone’s current interests or priorities.

FR

The term “FR” is an abbreviation for “For Real” or “For Real?”

Main Character Energy

Main Character Energy represents somebody who exudes confidence, charisma, and embodies the essence of being the protagonist in their own life narrative.

Merchant

Used to describe someone which does something repeatedly or relies on the referenced thing or action.

Example: Julian is a jump shot merchant.

In this episode, we mentioned or used the following resources about teen terms and social media etiquette.

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Tobin Hodges

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Podcast Host

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Palworld + Teen Dating Advice | Ep. 146

Palworld + Teen Dating Advice | Ep. 146

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Teen dating terms and tips every parent should know.

What advice would you give your teenage self about dating?

Despite vast changes in the romantic landscape, the emotional high of teen romance is universal. If anything, it’s amplified by being constantly connected, a heightened sense of vigilance, and a lack of commitment or trust. Teenagers are dealing with all the dangers and emotional disconnect of a techno world, adding to the emotional stress of being a teenager.

So what can parents and other caring adults do to help?

 

The number one desire of nearly every teenager is a caring adult who is willing to listen! Listening without judgment is the first step to helping teens navigate relationships in a healthy, constructive way.

That said, here’s our top advice for teens to stay healthy in dating relationships:

Dating should be a thrilling experience filled with laughter, butterflies, and meaningful connections. To help make the most of the dating journey, here are some essential tips to keep in mind.

Embrace the Fun

Dating should be a source of joy and excitement, not stress or pressure. Remember, it’s okay to feel nervous, but try to focus on the positive aspects of getting to know someone new. Keep things light-hearted, enjoy each other’s company, and don’t forget to laugh along the way. The goal is to create memorable experiences and forge connections that bring happiness into your life.

Maintain Your Independence

While it’s exciting to spend time with a romantic partner, it’s essential to retain your sense of independence and nurture your friendships. Don’t let your relationship consume all of your time and energy. Continue pursuing your interests, hanging out with friends, and prioritizing your own well-being. A healthy relationship should complement your life, not overshadow it.

Set Clear Boundaries

Establishing boundaries is crucial in any relationship, especially during the early stages of dating. Be upfront about your expectations and limits from the beginning. Boundaries aren’t just about physical intimacy; they also encompass emotional needs and personal space. For example, you might decide to take things slow, refrain from discussing long-term commitments like marriage, or set limits on the amount of time you spend together to ensure you maintain a healthy balance in your life.

Be mindful of each other’s feelings, thoughts, and personal space. Avoid pressuring your partner into sharing more than they’re comfortable with or making assumptions about their emotions. Healthy communication and empathy are key to navigating emotional boundaries and building trust in your relationship.

Prioritize Your Time

It’s essential to maintain a sense of balance in your life. Make sure to allocate time for your friends, family, hobbies, and responsibilities outside of your relationship. Setting aside designated time for these activities not only enriches your life but also prevents you from becoming overly dependent on your partner for fulfillment.

Listen to the full conversation on the podcast or you can read more tips in our blog post Teenage Romance: Tips for Teens and Parents!

Teen Terms Translated

Situationship: According to dictionary.com, “A situationship is often discussed as being similar to a friends-with-benefits relationship, which usually involves sexual activity without a commitment to be exclusive to each other. A situationship is often described as a relationship that is more than friendship but less than a committed relationship.”

Ick: The ick is a sudden feeling of disgust that seems to come out of nowhere. It can happen when a dating partner does or says something that makes them suddenly unattractive.

Red flag: Like it sounds, a red flag signals that something is not ok. It suggests that there is something unhealthy or even dangerous about a person or a relationship.

Green flag: A green flag is an enthusiastic endorsement of a person or relationship. It’s the idea that it might be true love.

Beige Flag: It’s not a red flag level concern, but a beige flag is something that just leaves you wondering why someone would post something. It can also be a beige flag for someone or something that is lacking in personality or is just “blah”.

Pink Flag: A pink flag is something that seems like a red flag at first, but after getting to know the person, there’s enough clarification to say that it’s really ok.

Also in this episode:

  • Palworld is the latest in popular online gaming for teens.
  • Taylor Swift is furious after a social media challenge led to explicit deepfakes of her circulating on Twitter.
  • Did you know? Apple recently updated everyone’s phone and installed the Journal app, which allows teens and adults to save photos and text behind a password, regardless of parental controls.
  • BeReal streaks– what are they and are they a good thing?

In this episode, we mentioned or used the following resources.

Have a question?

If you have a question about something you heard or just want to give us some feedback, please leave us a comment below.  We would love to hear from you!

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Karlie Duke

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Tobin Hodges

Tobin Hodges

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Caleb Hatchett

Caleb Hatchett

Podcast Host

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Lapse + Meta Lawsuit + Teacher Burnout + Advent | Ep. 136

Lapse + Meta Lawsuit + Teacher Burnout + Advent | Ep. 136

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How to Help Tired Teachers with Mid-Year Burnout

As winter break approaches, teachers, parents, and students all struggle to finish the semester strong. Kids are crazy. Tired teachers struggle to get all the grades in and contain classrooms of tired, excitable students. It gets dark earlier. How can everyone survive this time of year?

Here are just a few ways parents can help tired teachers.

Open Communication

Maintain open and respectful communication with teachers. Establishing a positive relationship allows for discussing concerns or challenges, fostering a supportive environment for both parties.

Respect Boundaries

Understand and respect teachers’ time and boundaries. Avoid expecting immediate responses after school hours and be mindful of their workload.

Support Classroom Policies

Familiarize yourself with classroom policies and support teachers in implementing them. Consistency between home and school environments can ease teachers’ workload and create a conducive learning atmosphere.

Volunteering and Assistance

Offer to volunteer or assist in classroom activities, field trips, or projects. Your involvement can alleviate some of the workload and demonstrate support for the teacher.

Encourage Positive Behavior

Reinforce positive behavior and values taught in the classroom at home. This alignment helps create a consistent and supportive environment for learning.

Regular Updates

Stay informed about your child’s progress and any updates from the school. Respond promptly to communications from teachers to facilitate a smoother interaction and support their efforts.

Appreciation and Recognition

Express gratitude and appreciation for the work teachers do. A simple thank-you note or gesture can go a long way in boosting their morale and motivation.

Respectful Disagreements

In case of disagreements or concerns, address them respectfully and directly with the teacher. Open dialogue and collaboration can lead to effective resolutions.

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs)

Participate actively in PTAs or school committees. Contributing to the school community and initiatives can indirectly support teachers by improving overall school dynamics.

Understanding Challenges

Recognize the challenges teachers face, such as managing diverse student needs or adapting to changing educational standards. Having empathy for these challenges can help create a more supportive environment.

Be sure to listen to the full episode for Tobin’s tips on tone and other ways to help everyone make it to winter break!

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  • The Lapse app, 3rd in the App Store a couple of weeks ago, has now outpaced TikTok and Google. The app mimics a disposable camera that snaps pictures and then has a wait period (as the film “develops”) before you can view them.
  • States across the US have filed a lawsuit against Meta saying that Meta — which owns Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger — violated consumer protection laws by unfairly ensnaring children and deceiving users about the safety of its platforms. It accuses Meta of having profoundly altered the psychological and social realities of a generation of young Americans.
  • Not everyone participates in Christmas, but there are many winter holidays and traditions to celebrate.

In this episode, we mentioned or used the following resources about the Lapse app, social media lawsuits, and winter holiday traditions.

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Caleb Hatchett

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