Parenting the Teen Years with Kristen Hatton

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host, Rush Witt, spends a rewarding time with author and counselor Kristen Hatton. Kristen has written a number of great books for teenagers, and has recently shifted focus to helping parents through her book, Parenting Ahead: Preparing for the Teen Years. Parents of teenagers will be helped by Kristen’s calm and focused approach to parenting teens. They talk about the difference between fixing our teens and parenting with grace, interesting ways to keep family life fun, and how to patiently walk through the pressures both parents and teenagers face today.


0:30 – Intro

2:15 – Empty Nesting

7:30 – Time for Writing and Counseling

11:30 – How have you shifted to writing for a new audience?

15:00 – What are the biggest needs express by parents of teens?

17:10 – Teen Pressures

23:00 – Helping Teens Navigate the Big Pressures

27:20 – Kristen Help Parents Know How to Help Teens

33:30 – Why Should Teens “Get Their Story Straight?”

37:00 – Farewell

About Kristen Hatton:

Kristen Hatton is a counselor and author passionate about helping families. She lives with her pastor-husband, Pete, in Dallas, Texas. Together they have three young adult children and a son-in-law. Kristen is the author of Get Your Story StraightFace TimeThe Gospel-Centered Life in Exodus for Students, and Parenting Ahead

Resources mentioned in this episode:

When Children Experience Trauma
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Angry with God Frontcover 54853
Acrostic of God Frontcover
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Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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