Seminar – Parenting Teens with Anxiety and Depression

Seminar – Parenting Teens with Anxiety and Depression

Please join us for a free seminar on the impact that anxiety and depression have on our teenagers.  We will speak on some of the major causes of these disorders in teens today, coping strategies for dealing with acute episodes, and how to best coach our children and take care of ourselves.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. When: Thursday […]

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Social media and electronics guidelines for teens

With the holidays coming up many teens and kids are hoping to find a brand new tablet or smartphone under their tree on Christmas morning.  While these things are great fun, and very helpful at times, they also create a big headache for parents to teach their kids how to handle electronics and social media.  This is new territory for us as parents.  Portable electronics, […]

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Blended Families: Growing together

Blended Families: Growing together

A good pastor friend of mine (who also got me started blogging, and whose sermons can be found here) mentioned to me that I need to stop apologizing at the beginning of my posts about how long it has been since I last posted.  So I’m taking his advice, and I’m not going to apologize that I haven’t posted in two weeks. Did I do […]

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Helping our Children Navigate an Online World

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately into how to help pre-teens and teens navigate an Online World.  I thought it was hard enough as a middle-schooler learning how to communicate with my peers (especially girls!) in school or at church or other social situations.  Students today need to also learn how to communicate in the online world of facebook updates, tweets, instant messages, […]

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When practice pays off

Parenting is hard. It’s an endeavor that takes lots of practice, patience, and hard work. So I’d like to brag on one of my kids for a second and give an example of when practicing what you preach finally pays off. Something happened a few days ago that I’m not to proud of: I was in my room changing after a hard day of work, […]

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Practicing Patience

What never ceases to amaze me when I work with adolescents, or when I spend time with my own kids is how easy it is for them to get us (the parents) riled up. It doesn’t take much, a little selective hearing or a little verbal jab…often done innocently…to get us reeling. Next thing we know we get frustrated, annoyed, even angry. What I’ve noticed in […]

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Back to School Blues

Labor day weekend is over, and schools around the country are back in session. While many parents are breathing a sigh of relief, there are also a number of stay-at-home parents who have seen their kids off and are in mourning. Sure on the one hand it’s exciting to see the new school year start with all the optimism that brings, but it also brings […]

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What about the Fatherless?

I was reflecting yesterday, in the aftermath of Father’s day, about how maybe the Monday after fathers day should be a national holiday for everyone who doesn’t have a father, or has a broken relationship with their father. An anti-fathers day for all those folks to take a day and get some angst out. Growing up in church I got used to hearing the Father’s […]

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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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