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Seventeen and Soul Searching

By Ryan Woods | June 15, 2022
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A teenager I used to mentor, who for privacy purposes will be referred to as Jason, was at the time a seventeen-year-old male in a transitional stage of life. He was in the process of earning both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree when I met him, which is one example of maturity that seems well-above average for his age. At the same time, Jason was yearning for direction and was longing to pursue his dream of professional theater. Since he was approaching the end of high school, his plan was to take a “gap-year” in order to […]

Balancing Control with Support: Why “Authoritative” Parenting is Ideal

By Ryan Woods | April 11, 2022
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If you are a parent, you undoubtedly have heard your fair share of parenting advice (whether solicited or unsolicited). Unfortunately, the advice we encounter is not always helpful. Some say discipline is harmful to children, while others say to rule the home with an iron fist. Some say kids need all the support they can get, while others say it is better to let them figure things out on their own. Still others point out that kids are resilient while using this observation as an excuse to mistreat kids or even ignore them altogether. Amidst this seemingly endless flow of […]

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