The Problem with Saying “Wait” When You Really Mean “No”

When I was growing up, I wanted my parents to let me have a dog. The standard response was, “Wait until next year.” What I think they really meant was, “Over my dead body.” They meant “no” but what they said was, “Wait.” I find myself doing this with Tess sometimes. She’ll want to watch “The Chronicles of Narnia” or “Frozen” for the third time in one day and I’ll say, “We’ll watch the movie later.” But, of course, what I really mean is “no.” READ MORE


Fun Summer Activities for Your Family

As temperatures rise, it’s tempting to turn up the air conditioning and plop yourself in front of a fan and not do much else. However, summer is a great time to try some fun activities that allow you to spend some quality time with the family. In order to escape the heat, I enjoy spending time on one of our 10,000 lakes here in Minnesota with my wife and eight-year-old daughter. There are so many options for families with young children. Check out the list below for some of my colleague’s favorite ideas. READ MORE


I am a Mediocre Parent… And so are you… And that’s ok.

Guest blog written by Sally Koering, Youth Frontiers Experiences Manager

At Thanksgiving this past year, my large family – including seven cousins to my three kiddos – got together to celebrate. I had the brilliant idea to have the kids write down what they were thankful for, and then we’d share them at dinner. (I’m so deep and thoughtful!) So, off the kids went and came back a few minutes later with their evidence of gratitude for all that is good and right in their lives.READ MORE


A Road Trip with My Dad

When I was 10 years old, my dad took me on a business trip to Milwaukee – which is a long, six-hour drive from Minneapolis. When we arrived in Milwaukee, we checked into the landmark Pfister Hotel. It just so happened that the Baltimore Orioles were in town for a baseball game and were also staying at the Pfister. At the time, I was a baseball fanatic. I collected baseball cards (that I still have) and studied the box scores every chance I could get. The Orioles had won the World Series the previous year and, even though I was a Twins fan, it was a thrill to be among the best of the best.READ MORE


Put a Little Guilt Back in the Game

Youth Frontiers challenges young people on our retreats to reflect on their attitudes and behaviors toward themselves and others. We ask them if their behaviors live up to the values they hold in their hearts. We will say to students, “If you are making fun of someone and you don’t feel guilty about it, there is something wrong.” You should feel guilty. A sense of healthy guilt serves a purpose. It acts as a moral compass to guide one’s behavior.READ MORE


One-Minute Reflection

At Youth Frontiers, we teach values unapologetically. We take one school day to get kids to step back, reflect and see themselves, their classmates and their school differently. We etch character on kids’ hearts. And they’re hungry for the message – for someone to say, “Be good!” They are hungry for guiding values to make their world a better place. READ MORE


Expert Parenting?

Guest blog written by Pete Larson

Seven-year-old John sat in the back of his parents’ minivan and heard his name mentioned again and again from the front. John’s mom and dad were discussing their parenting techniques as they drove.