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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

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, [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What Does the Word “Support” Look Like in Your Family?

How to Recognize if Your Son is Overwhelmed

I'll never forget a time one of my sons lost a football game.  He was in middle school, and I was the resident taxi, driving back and forth to practices and games.  Usually, these drive times were great bonding times for us, but after this particular loss, my son was completely shut down. Instead of [...]

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Helping Children Make Healthy Choices with Technology

The American Association of Pediatrics put out a statement about how parents should interact with media, or what we call technology. Read the list of suggestions from the AAP, and determine when you are going to implement each one. Number each item in the order you want to incorporate them into your family routine. Consider [...]

By |June 25th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Helping Children Make Healthy Choices with Technology

How To Raise a Happy, Healthy Teen

Whether you have a teenage girl or a teenage boy, there's a lot going on physically in that body and brain. As a parent, you can create some simple physical conditions to help support your teen’s maturation process. These conditions are commonsense items you already know about but may not have implemented for your teenager [...]

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: Family Life, General News, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How To Raise a Happy, Healthy Teen

Signs Your Son Has A Technology Addiction

Boys have a hard enough time concentrating, contemplating, and reflecting -- all executive functions centered in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, an area where teenage males are naturally not as fast to mature as we may like. So the last thing we need is for our sons to spend too much time with technology [...]

By |March 27th, 2015|Categories: Family Life, General News, Happiness, Relationships, Technology|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Signs Your Son Has A Technology Addiction

7 Tips for Diagnosing Your Child’s Brain Disorder

Over the last two decades, the number of brain disorder diagnoses in general has increased exponentially. While some of this increase is due to kids being diagnosed with disorders they don’t have, there is a documented increase in autism, ADD, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, depression, bipolar, anorexia, bulimia, and other brain disorders in children in [...]

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