Parent Communication

I wanted to pass along some links about how to track popular songs, movies, and videos so you can be up-to-date on what kids are paying attention to. For thorough reviews of movies, music, TV shows, and games, check out Plugged In (run by Focus on the Family). And when you’re in doubt, Google it!



Online Videos

  • YouTube Charts – Browse most-watched videos for the day, week, month, or all time
  • YouTube Trends – Blog that tracks the latest trends in YouTube consumption

I want to thank everyone who came out yesterday to our last parenting seminar of the year.  We had a great turnout and some very lively discussions.  I would love to hear from those of you who came as a way to continue our discussions.  I would also love to hear from those of you who wanted to come but couldn’t.  The influences of our culture on our kids is huge.  Let’s be the voices that are louder.

I also want to say a special “thank-you” to our Next Generation staff that helped me put all of this together; Eric Davis, Chris Turner, Jason Ganze and Tracy Parlin.

Here are the resources that we distributed for those of you who were unable to attend.

Takeaways and Resources for VOICES


Sunday, December 4
12:30-2:30 p.m. @ 201 (Legacy Campus)

Do you know what it is like to be a teenager right now?  You may remember what it is like to be a teenager, but the world that kids experience now has so many more influences shaping it than your teenage world did.  And it’s important that today parents are aware of those influences and help kids learn to deal with them.  Come and participate in a unique, immersive experience that will help you understand an insider’s view of youth culture.  Followed up with a presentation and dialogue about the voices shaping our kids and how to interact with them.  The cost to attend is only $5.  Childcare is provided if you register by November 29.

Click here to register

Get away from cell phone reception, street lights, and concrete and encounter God in an incredible way at our fall retreats this year! Both Vibe (junior high) and The Yard (high school) are heading to Pine Cove for a weekend of growth, community, and fun. Students will worship together, learn from great teachers, and dig deep in small groups to figure out how they can live for Christ in their homes, their schools, and their communities. There will also be free time where students can play basketball, disc golf, sand volleyball, or any of the tons of activities Pine Cove offers.

Vibe Fall Retreat is October 21-23. Click here to see a Jr. High Retreat Promo.

The Yard Fall Retreat is November 11-13. Click here to see a Sr. High Retreat Promo.

Sign up for both events at

If you’d like more information, please contact Tracy Parlin: tparlin [at]

Dan & Jason discuss the Raising Truly Great Kids conference this past weekend

RTGK follow up podcast

This past Saturday Chase Oaks Church hosted the Raising Truly Great Kids Conference featuring Dr. Tim Kimmel and the entire Family Matters team.  What an incredible day of teaching and equipping.  There were more than 500 attendees who enjoyed some great humor, great fellowship and great insight into the challenges and privileges of parenting the next generation.

Throughout the day I heard from folks over and over about how great a day it was and just how incredibly useful and encouraging the information being shared was.  I would love to hear from you if you attended the conference about what the one or two things you learned from the conference that were most helpful to you by posting a comment here.

Also, I want to thank the team of volunteers who made this event possible.  We had a great group of servants who were helping out late into the night on Friday, up early on Saturday and stayed long after the conference was over.  THANK YOU ALL!!

We will be planning a follow up study using the Family Matters materials in the near future.  This will be a 10 to 12 week weekly study that will be open to anyone interested in going deeper.  Keep checking back with our blog to see when we will begin that group.

Last week’s most-watched cable TV show was the MTV VMAs (Video Music Awards). Did you happen to catch it? If not, here’s a list of the 5-biggest jaw-droppers of the night. Even if you didn’t watch it, chances are your students did. Or they saw the pictures online. Or they watched clips on YouTube or Or they’ve got a replay set to record on your DVR.

You may absolutely despise the music, TV shows, or movies your kids watch, but it’s worth your time to check them out. For instance, the VMAs are notorious for outrageous behavior. It’s a night when music and movie stars vie for the wildest moment of the night. They try to have the craziest outfit and let fly with whatever they want to say. In short, the artists, presenters, and attendees use this night to project the image they want to have. Justin Bieber wants to be the edgy cool guy. Lady Gaga wants to be unpredictable. Katy Perry wants to be Lady Gaga. And they all want our teenagers to spend money on them.

Take some time and talk to your students about the media they interact with. Learn something about the artists they admire. Know the content of the movie they saw over the weekend and talk to them about it. Help your student understand and discern what Christians can redeem or reject, if need be. Mark Driscoll wrote a great piece on how Christians can interact with culture here. To help get you started, here are lists of the top songs, TV shows, and movies this week. I hope it helps open some doors to talk about culture with your students.

Top Ten Songs this week (click for lyrics)

  1. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), Katy Perry
  2. Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO
  3. She Will, Lil Wayne ft. Drake
  4. Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5
  5. Super Bass, Nicki Minaj
  6. Lighters, Bat Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars
  7. Pumped Up Kicks, Foster the People
  8. How to Love, Lil Wayne
  9. Good Life, OneRepublic
  10. 10. I Wanna Go, Britney Spears
Top Ten Movies (8/26-8/28)
  1. The Help
  2. Colombiana
  3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  4. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  5. Our Idiot Brother
  6. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
  7. The Smurfs
  8. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
  9. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  10. Fright Night (2011)
Top Ten Cable TV Shows (for week ending 8/28)
  1. 2011 Video Music Awards (MTV)
  2. Jersey Shore  – Thursday (MTV)
  3. Jersey Shore – Sunday (MTV)
  4. 2011 VMA Preshow (MTV)
  5. The Closer (TNT)
  6. Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
  7. NFL Football Bears v. Giants (ESPN)
  8. Royal Pains (USA)
  9. True Blood (HBO)
  10. I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV)

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