April 28, 2009

Parenting Todays Teens and a GIVEAWAY!

***WINNER - Qualifying Post number 10 - Candi!!*** thanks to all that participated, tweeted and otherwise helped to spread the word! And if you didn't win, never fear - I will be giving away more of Mark's books this summer over on Tales!!!

I am taking a break from Wordless Wednesday this week to ask a favor of everyone who takes the time to stop by my little blog and maybe some of their friends too.

A dear friend of mine runs a fantastic program for troubled teens. Their program is located in East Texas, takes children from all over the country and really helps give these kids a new start, a new look on life and some wonderful stepping stones for their future. They recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary of helping children, families and communities through the power of love and the lord.

The name of the program is Heartlight Ministries and the person I am speaking about is Mark Gregston. This week I received an email from Mark asking for help with something I am not yet qualified to help with, though I know some of you and those who aren't might know someone who is!


Another favor to ask...
Someone once said, "Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless." Many parents are heroes in their own right. They do what needs to be done, even if their children may not like them for it. But in the end, they are heroes to their children as well.

The favor I'd like to ask is for you to share one or more of your heroic feats with me. We are taking a survey of the tactics that parents use that have proven successful in bringing about a change in thinking or behavior in their teenager. For instance, "My son was being mouthy and rude, so I did this and his attitude quickly changed."

I've set up an anonymous online form so we can all learn from your tactics. It is at the following link:


I'd really appreciate it if you would click through to the survey form and tell me how you successfully handled one or more difficult teenager issues in your home, so I can share your ideas and tactics with other parents, either in my blogs or on the radio or in an upcoming book.
Mark Gregston

Please take a minute to consider this survey and possibly forward it on. If you have any questions about Mark, Heartlight Ministries or this favor please feel free to comment and/or email me!

Because I REALLY want to spread the word as much as humanly possible I am going to offer another JUICY JUICE Goody bag to one lucky person who takes the time to answer the survey, Tweets the survey and/or passes it on to a friend or neighbor. You can get another entry if you post a link back to this post on your blog this week!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL (do I sound like that Billy guy on the infomercials?)- that winner will also receive a copy of "Parenting Teens in a Confusing Culture" by Mark Gregston!

We are going with the honor system because I love you all and know you will be honest...There are SEVERAL ways to enter the contest (do as many as you like!)

Leave a comment if you take the survey

Leave a comment if you forward the post to a friend to take the survey

Leave a comment if you post a link back to this post this week

Leave a comment if you TWEET this post

Leave a comment including your tips, tricks or aggravations with teens

Leave a comment about your Teen Years Fears if you don't have a teen yet!

Contest will end Sunday at 10pm MST

So hop to it, lets really prove the power of the mom blogger and help me help my friend Mark!



jenjen said...

Hi Terra! What a wonderful program. I will go over and check it out. I don't know if I have any useful advice - I am still trying to figure the whole teenage thing out. I would be really interested to hear the answers they receive though!


Pam said...

Hi Terra,

Just wanted to let you know that I've left an award for you on my blog today! Oh, and I'm 90% sure I'm going to be getting a Kindle in the next couple of months. I've even convinced my neighbor to get one, so I may wait and see what I think about hers first. That sounds a lot worse than it really is. Actually, I was telling her about the Kindle and my decision and she told me today that she's decided to get one now!

Carrie said...

I will check it out too but like Jen I don't know how helpful I be...


Anonymous said...

oo this sounds like such a wonderful program. Since I can't do this from the parents perspective I have passed it on to a few of my friends with teenagers! I hope your friend gets some great feedback!

Anonymous said...

Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/BytesofMemory/status/1650189941

Carrie said...

I took the survey I will forward to some of my friends that also have teens.

The Blonde Duck said...

That's a really cool program!

Courtney said...

what a wonderful ministry. and so thoughtful of you help spread the word!

jen@odbt said...

What a great program. I don't have teens yet but I think having patience and remembering that I was one too will help me. At least I hope I can remember that when I'm in the thick of it with one of my kids.

Anita said...

Hi Terra, I looked around at the website, I'm a Texas girl, well from Texas.......a Floridian now. I'm not sure I can offer up much advice, raising teen daughters is a daily challenge, some ups and downs and some smiles and tears. I'll look back at the survey.

familyallamode said...

I will definitely tweet this. It's a great idea. Parents of teens need more of a community. We are each other's best resource. Don't know what I will write yet about being a parent hero, but I will think of something.

Bonnie said...

I was trying to think if I know anyone with teenagers I could forward this to. Not sure.

It sounds like a wonderful program and I hope I remember it when I have a teenager. Does pre-teen count? haha

Candi said...

I filled out the survey!

Candi said...

I tweeted - http://twitter.com/bittersweetgirl

Candi said...

I blogged about it - http://www.bittersweetblog.com/2009/04/30/teenagers/