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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In response to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Amanda Rice guest blogs about abuse toward women. (Keep in mind that men can be the recipient of abuse also). As Amanda points out, abuse takes on many forms. Outsiders or secondary abusers are those pretending that abuse didn't/doesn't happen, minimizing, denying, or excusing abuse heaps more trauma … Continue reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Overcoming Social Isolation – by Amanda Rice

I recently asked a good friend and fellow professional counselor to guest blog. I am excited that she took me up on it. The good news she sent me a couple of articles so you'll probably hear from her again soon! Overcoming Social Isolation We know the value and appreciation of lifelong friendships. We know … Continue reading Overcoming Social Isolation – by Amanda Rice

Teenagers ask, “Is Marijuana Harmless?”

Teenagers ask, “Is Marijuana Harmless?” I think it is a good question. In my research I found a trend that is very troubling; adolescent and young adult marijuana use follows the perception of harmful effects. If the perception is that marijuana is harmlful the use goes down and vise-versa.  The rapid push for legalization across … Continue reading Teenagers ask, “Is Marijuana Harmless?”

Empty Chairs at Thanksgiving

My recollections of sitting around the dinner table at Thanksgiving are filled with potent memories, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins galore. Eventually, the table configuration added my own family; a wife and children. As the passage of time added people to the table, it also took some away. In my mind’s eye, there are … Continue reading Empty Chairs at Thanksgiving

The Joy of Parenting: Dear Dad

Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day! On fifty-three occasions you have celebrated this day as a father. I wonder what your memories are of our very first one. For the record, my memory of that occasion is a little fuzzy. Over the years, my respect for you has grown, not because you are more worthy but … Continue reading The Joy of Parenting: Dear Dad

Top Ten Mistakes Christian Parents of Teens Make

I came across this entry on a blog recently. I wanted to repost for my readers as well. I believe this article complements some of my posts on parenting very well. Top Ten Mistakes Christian Parents of Teens Make.   *A word of caution: I haven't read through the author's theology or other writings so I … Continue reading Top Ten Mistakes Christian Parents of Teens Make

The Joy of Parenting: Mom

Recently there was a video making the rounds on the social networks of someone interviewing several applicants for a job. As the perspective employer described the long hours, the multi-tasking, the lack of peaceful bathroom breaks, and the absence of compensation, the applicants were heard to say phrases such as “you’re nuts!” and “is that … Continue reading The Joy of Parenting: Mom

Are You My Mother? : Childhood Grief

We sat as a family along with close friends near Carrie’s body the morning she died. We talked about her and told stories. I remember my youngest son bringing a building block model into the room then setting on the floor putting it together. Some might think that it was out of place to see … Continue reading Are You My Mother? : Childhood Grief