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Technology: Keeping Track of Your Teenager

“Where is Andy? Did you call his phone?” Brad was torn between frustration and concern, so he settled for both. “Of course, I did,” Brad’s wife, Janice, answered. “Just went to voice mail.” “Why’d we get him the phone in the first place, if he won’t answer it?” Janice, recognizing this as a rhetorical question, [...]

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Mothers and Their Bond with Children

Few would disagree that, on average, most moms tend to spend more minutes per day with children than do most dads.  Especially for young children, in most households, mothers are the primary caregivers as they engage in everyday business of living.  While the ratios have changed with the higher percentage of women in the work [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Categories: Family Life, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mothers and Their Bond with Children

Around the Dinner Table with Your Children

As a general rule, most nights per week, your children need to eat at home with the family.  Hot, nutritious meals with a variety of flavors, tastes, and textures should be the norm.  Weekday breakfasts and lunches may not be the most appropriate time for "experiments," but a dinner now and then certainly can be.  [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Categories: Family Life, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Around the Dinner Table with Your Children

What is Your Relationship with Technology?

One of our local television stations runs a morning show in which I occasionally participate. Usually I speak about mental health issues or how people are affected by local or national events. On this particular morning, I was asked to speak about the effects of technology. I brought along a basket full of family devices [...]

By |October 31st, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Technology|Tags: , , |Comments Off on What is Your Relationship with Technology?

Finding Gratitude in Moments of Inconvenience

Susan walked in the door from work, looking forward to nothing more than putting her feet up and petting the dog. No sooner had she hung up her coat than her middle schooler entered the family room with a look of consternation and guilt on his face. What now? she thought, feeling her moment of [...]

By |August 20th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Finding Gratitude in Moments of Inconvenience

The Concrete Recall of Boys

Boys are concrete recallers.  Girls tend to attach much more emotional sensory detail to their memories, thus making the feelings associated with those memories come alive.  Boys remember what happened but are not as tied to how they felt when it happened.  This doesn't mean boys don't have feelings when things happen -- just that [...]

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Concrete Recall of Boys

Teens: Why Do I Care What Other People Think?

I can just hear some of you insisting, “I don’t care what other people think!  I do whatever I want!”  There is a strong urge in adolescence to declare your independence and say you only care about your own opinion.  But be honest -- don’t you care what certain people think?  Most kids have a [...]

By |May 15th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Teens: Why Do I Care What Other People Think?

Being an Alert and Vigilant Parent

Teens live amid such tumultuous waters, it can be hard to detect if something is just an adolescent squall or if there's a real storm brewing.  As a parent, you're caught between a rock and a hard place.  You don't want to be perceived as a meddling parent.  You want your teenager to learn how [...]

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Family Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Being an Alert and Vigilant Parent

When Teenagers Ask “Who Am I?”

One of the most important questions that teenagers grapple with during the time of adolescence is, “Who am I?”  Then, as they are answering the question, they also have to decide, “Do I love who I am?” Self-esteem during adolescence, as we all know, can take a pretty substantial beating.  I believe everyone, whether a [...]

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on When Teenagers Ask “Who Am I?”

What Does the Word “Support” Look Like in Your Family?

The secret to healthy kids can be found through a whole-person approach to the needs of your child.  By addressing the emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual needs of children, parents are able to provide a balanced, caring environment that contributes to lifelong happiness and health. I call this helping a child to SOAR.  As parents, [...]

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