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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.
Teens Who Skimp on Sleep Face Later Obesity Risk

Teens who skimp on sleep could be setting themselves up for obesity just a few years later, a new study suggests.

What's Hot? 08/22/14

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

Brain Imaging Shows Differences in Risk Taking Teens

New research found that connections between certain brain regions are amplified in teens more prone to risk.

Physically Neglected Boys Are More Likely To Become Violent Adolescents

Boys, who are physically neglected by their parents during childhood, face a heightened risk of turning into violent adolescents, according to a Penn State study.

Cost of Raising a Child Born in 2013 Nears $250K

A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 to raise the child to age 18.

Fewer Children Being Born Outside Of Marriage

The number of children born outside of marriage in the United States has declined in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's Hot? 08/15/14

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

Part Time Teen Job Means Better Earnings Later In Life

Working a part-time job while in high school translates into better wages later in life, according to a new study by the Employment Policies Institute.

Aggressive Behavior Increases Teen Drinking

Adolescents who behave aggressively are more likely to drink alcohol and in larger quantities than their peers, according to a new study.

Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent

Up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving are speaking with their mother or father, according to new research.

Pot Studies Suggest Regular Use Is Bad For Teen Brains

Teenagers and young adults who frequently use marijuana may be hurting their brainpower, according to studies about pot and adolescence presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention.

What's Hot? 08/08/14

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

Comprehensive Sex Ed for Freshmen in Fremont CA to Feature Info on Sex Toys, Oral Sex, and Bondage

Over a thousand outraged parents who have children enrolled in public schools in Fremont, Calif. have signed petitions threatening legal action over a ninth-grade health textbook featuring oral sex, vibrators, and bondage.

Violent Video Games Linked to Teenage Crime Risk

Violent video games glorifying antisocial characters could increase teenage gamers’ risk of criminal and other risky behaviour like smoking and alcohol use, a new study has found.

Sugar Drinks in Adolescence Impairs Learning Abilities

A new study on adult and adolescent rats finds that daily consumption of sugary beverages during adolescence affects ability to learn and remember information.

Burned Teen Says Fire Challenge a Dumb Idea

Teenagers are engaging in a disturbing trend, the so-called fire challenge. They set themselves on fire and post the video to social media sites.

What's Hot? 08/01/14

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

For the Aspiring Helicopter Parent an App That Monitors Everything Your Child Does

Goodbye big brother. Hello big mother. A new app provides parents with the capability to track kids' locations, driving habits, and social media interactions.

Growing Number of Dads at Home with the Kids

A recent study from Pew Research finds that the number of fathers who stay at home with their children has nearly doubled since 1989, from 1.1 million to 2 million in 2012.

New Survey Reveals Millennials Prefer New Marriage Models Over Till Death Do Us Part

Marriages that couples can test and deglitch, work out kinks or simply abandon course without consequence make more sense to millennials.

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