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Speaker and author, Stuart Hall, joins Jon Acuff and Carlos Whittaker in today’s special dad edition of the Parent Cue Live podcast to talk about his experience in parenting teenagers.


  • Model the behavior you want your kids to adopt. Our kids emulate what they see in their parents, so be intentional about what they observe.
  • Remind your children of who they are in God. These reminders will be important when they’re alone and making hard decisions without you.



Be honest: When you think of parenting through the teenage years, the first word that comes to mind is “dread,” isn’t it?

Stuart Hall has a different opinion on the matter. A father of three, a 22-year-old, a 20-year-old, and an 18-year-old, Stuart is rounding the bend away from the teenage phase and into the empty nester stage. Looking back, he can speak fondly about those years. The conversations are different, the relationships deeper, he says.

Not that those years are without challenge. During this phase, parents are in the coach position now that their kids are old enough to govern themselves. What’s most difficult for parents, Stuart shares, is reminding themselves that parenting this generation is a lot different than in times past. There is a relentless battle of helping your kids maintain a positive perspective on life through the lens of social media that generations before didn’t have to do.

In this episode, Stuart Hall, along with Jon Acuff and Carlos Whittaker, talk about other topics such as:

  • Helping your teenagers navigate positive self-image.
  • Dating.
  • Teaching your kids to slow down and disconnect from social media.
  • Why playing organized sports is important.


“One of the biggest mistakes we can make as parents is to think it was like it was when we were in school.” — Stuart Hall

“It’s a cultural mistake to demonize the teenage years before they even start.” — Jon Acuff

“The most difficult thing about being a teenager is making decisions now that have incredible weight in the future.” — Stuart Hall


Stuart Hall


Stuart Hall serves as an Orange Student Ministry Specialist, provides vision and leadership for NFLUNSR, travels and speaks to thousands of students, leaders, coaches and parents each year, has coauthored three books (The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know, MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence and Wired: For a Life of Worship, Leaders Edition), hopes to one day author one or two more, laughs incessantly, serves as a volunteer high school varsity girls basketball coach, relishes watching his son play football at Duke University and his daughters play basketball and soccer, and loves his beautiful wife Kellee with every fiber of his being.

Carlos Whittaker, Parent Cue Live Host


Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45.

Jon Acuff


Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books, including Finish, Give Yourself the Gift of Done. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife and two daughters.

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