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Jim Liebelt Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

Jim Liebelt

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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
Teen Girls Obsessed With "Thigh Gap"

It's the latest weight loss craze among American teens striving to emulate the models they see in magazines: the "thigh gap", in which slender legs, when standing with feet together, do not touch.

Numbers Suggest Why Millennials Are "Generation Frustration"

The Millennial generation is unemployed and frustrated.

What's Hot? 9/27/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Poll: Parents and Teens on School and College

Parents and teens are sometimes on the same page, at other times differ, and have unrealistic expectations about college and the future.

New UK Guidelines: Adolescence Now Ends at 25

An adult at 18? Not any more in the UK: According to new guidelines, adolescence now ends at 25 to prevent young people from getting an inferiority complex.

Emerging College Financing Trend: Crowd Funding Websites

Students can now raise funds for college in the way many business start-ups do.

Coding Curriculum: High Schools Reprogramming Classes

Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) becomes the first school in the U.S. to implement computer coding into each of its classes.

What's Hot? 9/20/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Snapchat Tries to Shed Naughty Reputation

Snapchat is attempting to change its reputation from an app for sexting teens to a wholesome service that's fun for the whole family.

One in Five High School Seniors Binge Drinks

Researchers say binge drinking has declined while "extreme" binge drinking (having 10 or more drinks in a row) levels remain steady.

U.S. Teens Begin to Slim Down

Study finds adolescents are eating healthier, exercising more.

Teen Apparel Retailers Struggle as Consumers Get Stingier

Teen apparel brands are staggering out of a shaky back-to-school season, and have little hope of change in conditions through the rest of the year.

What's Hot? 9/13/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Experts Say Teen Drivers Need More Practice

Inexperience behind the wheel, immaturity and not enough parental involvement contribute to a higher risk of deadly vehicle accidents among teenage drivers, experts say.

Teens' Texts Predict Bad Behavior

Researchers find a strong link between teens exchanging texts about bad behavior and an increase in antisocial and aggressive behavior in teens.

E-cigarette Use Doubles Among U.S. Teens

Electronic cigarettes are gaining favor among U.S. teenagers as new data show a recent doubling in usage.

Teen Births Hit Historic Low in 2012 — Half of 1991 Birthrate

Teen births have continued to drop, reaching a historic low in 2012 and hitting half of what they were in 1991, according to a new a government report.

What's Hot? 9/6/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teen Behavior Influenced by Images of Friends Drinking, Smoking Online

A study from the University of Southern California (USC) claims teens are so impressionable that they can be influenced by what they see their friends doing online.

Teen Employment Hits Record Lows

For the fourth consecutive summer, teen employment has stayed anchored around record lows.

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