Finally the Ottos…

…have returned to Youth Ministry! It’s been 10 years to the month since I stepped down as Youth Director at Wicomico Presbyterian. Ten crazy years. We’ve doubled the size of our family, moved twice, helped plant a church and seen our kids grow into pre-teens and teens.  I’ve felt a call outside of professional ministry, started a new career, and now, God has brought us […]

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Establishing Independence…it’s harder than you think

Children who throw temper tantrums, push boundaries, explore their independence, try on new personalities. Sounds like the terrible twos, huh? Actually, I think the terrible twos are just a primer for parents to prepare them for adolescence. Granted, adolescents go through a different set of issues, but they go through the same basic process of discovering their own identity separate from their parents. In parents it […]

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It’s never too early

Here’s a sneak preview of an article I’m working on for Vital Sources next community newsletter.  It is a sort of follow up to this post by my supervisor who blogs over at Christian Psychologist Talk. What was a time as an adult that I had a meaningful conversation with my parents about our relationship?  That is the question that began this article.  I was […]

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