Vol. 3 Issue 35 | September 1, 2017
Three Things This Week
1. Helping with Harvey
What it is: We’ve all seen the devastation caused by the worst hurricane in US history. This, more than any other time, is when our neighbors need our help.
Why it’s needed: Offering thoughts and prayers is good, but it’s not enough. We need to pray, then we need to act; that’s how prayer works. This is a perfect opportunity to model the Gospel to our children and the world by using our gifts to serve and help the least of these. If you live near Houston, open your homes and churches as sanctuaries and use your skills to aid the rescue efforts. If your circumstances allow, take your family to the area and volunteer for the cleanup and rebuilding efforts once the water subsides. Give to a respected charity serving the community. And remember, use this as an opportunity to help broaden teens’ world: The US isn’t the only country hit by heaving flooding. As Pope Francis reminds us, “prayer and action must always be profoundly united.”
2. Lunch = Stress?
What it is: Seventeen recently interviewed teen girls, revealing that many of them view lunchtime as one of the most stressful parts of their days.
Why it’s sad: The girls attribute the stress to being judged by peers for how, what, how much, and how quickly they eat. Though some of them desire to be impervious to their peers’ expectations, many teens don’t have the perspective or confidence to do so. Teens’ social-media focused world continues to overly emphasize image and appearance, thereby increasing their hyper-awareness of what others think. Ask your teens if they experience similar pressure in seemingly innocuous parts of their days. Work with them to create spaces (home, classrooms, etc.) in which they feel safe to relax and just be, rather than perform.
What it is: Parenting and discipling teens can be stressful, frustrating, intimidating, and draining. That’s why we’ve spent months interviewing experts to bring you hope and inspiration through our brand new Parenting Teens Summit: Hope.
Why it’s awesome: Staying aware of what’s influencing teens is not necessarily a hopeful task; in fact, in can be downright discouraging. Trust us, we feel you. But the beauty is that culture is not the only, nor the most powerful, influence at work, so we’ve worked with over 50 experts to create hours of content that offers a hopeful perspective for teens, while also providing tons of practical advice to help you be the parent God wants you to be. It’s totally free for a limited time beginning Monday, September 11, so reserve your spot in this online conference today!
Fall’s Top 10 Shows and Movies
With school back in session, Game of Thrones over, and the summer movie cycle complete, students will still find reasons to stream hours of content on their mobile devices at school, on the bus, or after while doing their homework. Get ahead of them by knowing the top 10 TV shows and movies your teens will be watching this fall on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and old-school TV.
- Beauty and the Beast: The live-action remake starring Emma Watson hits Netflix September 19.
- La La Land: Available September 16 on Netflix, the romantic and highly acclaimed Oscar winner explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
- Carol: Although this film skews more toward an adult audience, it’s another example of how a “gorgeous” movie can capture a student’s imagination and normalize same-sex relationships through the art of story.
- Gaga, Five Foot Two: A documentary about the life of Lady Gaga is a “rare moment when one is invited behind the curtain to witness the raw truth of an individual, even more so when that person happens to be one of the most recognizable, influential, and scrutinized public figures in culture today.”
- Narcos: Pablo Escobar may be gone, but Season 3 promises more excitement from this series that continues to ride the wave of dark drug thrillers started by Breaking Bad. This Netflix original debuts in October.
- Star Trek: Discovery: The first Star Trek series in over a decade (with two female protagonists) is a prequel to the original series from the 1960s. Sci-fi students will enjoy this remake.
- Ghosted: Critics describe it as a funnier version of X-Files, and students will be drawn to this new Fox comedy starring Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott.
- The Mayor: Inspired by Chance the Rapper, ABC’s comedy follows a young rapper who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape and surprises everyone by winning.
- Riverdale: Archie, Veronica, and Jughead Jones have never been this real…or this dark. The once family friendly cast of the Archie comics has been rebooted into a serious teen soap opera already trending among students.
- Marvel’s Runaways: Based on the cult classic Marvel comic Runaways, this new superhero series hits on all the teen drama tropes with a hint of nostalgia. Watch for the release on Hulu in November.
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