My Child is Gay… Now What?

Gay. Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Pansexual. You are probably familiar with these words as they are becoming more common in mainstream society. But if you or someone you love doesn't identify as one of the above, it can be easy to look the other way and focus on the concepts and priorities in your world. [Read more...]

By |2019-06-06T14:26:09-06:00June 5th, 2019|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on My Child is Gay… Now What?

How To Appropriately Utilize Rewards and Punishments

Many parents have reported that in order to reduce power struggles in the home, there needs to be some sort of solution focused perspective. Concentrating on solutions creates a very different family dynamic. If your own thinking and behavior will change, so will the thinking and behavior of your children.  The theme for focusing on [Read more...]

By |2019-05-28T10:16:35-06:00May 28th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on How To Appropriately Utilize Rewards and Punishments

Child Abuse Awareness Month

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  This is an epidemic that is near and dear to my heart.  I am an advocate for the non-exploitation and safety of children as a counselor and former teacher.  I would like to educate the public on abuse and the lifelong impairment it can have on [Read more...]

By |2019-04-15T09:07:26-06:00April 15th, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Depression, Grief, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Suicide, Teen Counseling, Trauma|Comments Off on Child Abuse Awareness Month

Ask a Boring Question, Get a Boring Response.

20 questions to ask our children instead of, “How was your day?” What response do you get when you ask your children how their day was?  Do you get eye rolls? Is a long, drawn out, and dramatic sigh let out? Maybe they just walk away and pretend they didn’t even hear you?  Or maybe [Read more...]

By |2019-03-20T08:47:24-06:00March 20th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Ask a Boring Question, Get a Boring Response.

Parenting Success begins with You

It almost seems inevitable that, as a parent, you feel as though you are failing your children. I am sure you often wonder where you fall on the proverbial scale of successful parenting. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparison and to attribute your child's shortcomings onto yourself. I have personally spent [Read more...]

By |2019-03-14T14:39:57-06:00March 7th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parenting Success begins with You

Video Games

I had the pleasure of having dinner with a good friend and his wife. Now, full disclosure, he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He is also married with two children. His oldest son was a complete gentleman. He engaged in the conversation and was just completely great to be around. During our conversation, [Read more...]

Connect, Then Redirect.

Parenting is not easy. No one can deny that truth. One of the main concerns parents and couples have involves disciplining their child. No Drama- Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is a book that tackles the topic of discipling your child. What is discipline? When you think about discipline, what first comes [Read more...]

By |2019-03-06T09:44:18-06:00March 6th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Connect, Then Redirect.

Parenting Out of Fear

"Where Fear Is, Happiness Is Not" –Author Unknown I remember the day I brought my first child home from the hospital after giving birth.  I looked down at that little baby and vowed to myself that I would keep her safe for as long as I lived.  While watching her sleep at night, I would [Read more...]

By |2019-02-25T17:04:45-06:00February 22nd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parenting Out of Fear

Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

Today, parents are busier than ever before and disconnected from their children. Moms, dads, and caretakers… I have one question: Can you give attention to your child for thirty minutes a week? There is no magic wand to help a child behave or to build a relationship with them. Nevertheless, small and intentional deposits into [Read more...]

By |2018-12-10T11:07:37-06:00December 6th, 2018|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting|Comments Off on Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

Community of Trust

How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T15:13:16-06:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Community of Trust