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Belief is Everything

Belief is everything. For most of my life, I knew I had beliefs, but I didn´t know belief is everything. I didn´t think about my beliefs. I was too busy with my nose to the grindstone. But in 2000, following a particularly grueling therapy session with parents of an adolescent I began to ask the question, ¨What is thought? ¨ For …

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Inner Peace and Parenting Teens? Yeah, right!

Remember inner peace? Remember feeling calm and serenity? That was a long time ago. Now you have a teenager, maybe more than one. Are you craving some serenity or a moment of tranquility? If you are convinced that inner peace and parenting teens are mutually exclusive, then I’ve got great news for you. The peace train has arrived and your teen doesn’t need to do anything. ¨Yeah right!¨ …

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Compelled to Write

Compelled to write? That’s right. I’m compelled to write. I’m compelled to write in ways that help you. How am I doing this? By writing. By exploring the limits of my imagination and encouraging you to do the same. I’m writing about personal divine experiences and asking you to share yours. I’m writing about God and spirituality, love and loss, parents and …

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Schools Out for Summer

School’s out for summer, school’s out forever. Alice Cooper sang these words in 1972 as I, along with the crowd in Kalamazoo, MI shouted along with him, “School’s out for summer!” This song is the musical version of a thundering herd of teenagers crashing through the school’s front door and into the sunlit summer streets with the voice of freedom ringing …

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Dating and Sexuality

Yes – talking with your teen about dating and sexuality IS uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable for everyone involved, but your teen’s future ambitions and quality of life may depend upon you having some form of “The Talk” with your teen. Many parents put off these talks with their children throughout their lives. Then, suddenly, there is a teenager in the house …

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Peer Pressure

Everyone feels peer pressure. This problem is not just for teens. Everyone feels peer pressure. You feel peer pressure, I feel peer pressure. Peer pressure is built into society, all societies. If you don’t want to feel peer pressure you could become a hermit but, what would all the other hermits say? I recommend another approach to peer pressure. Peer pressure is …

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5 Steps to Ending Angry Outbursts

Angry outbursts are a problem in every household. There are families where angry outbursts are so common that it is considered normal. In these families there is no safety for anyone. There are other families where anger is never expressed. In these families the anger goes underground. Your family may fall somewhere in between. Whenever an angry outburst occurs your first impulse is to do what …

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5 Steps to Personal Responsibility

You don’t have personal responsibility for your teen’s life! They do. Their life is their life and it is up to them to create a life worth living. I know this sounds crazy and you are right, it would be crazy to let your teen make all of their own decisions. Or would it? How long do you want to be making …

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Anxiety and Depression

Do you know if your teen is having problems with anxiety and depression? Teens often go for months or even years concealing their true feelings. They don’t want you to think that they cannot handle their lives. Most parents don’t know what is going on in their teen’s world, much less what is going on with their mental health. It …

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Staying Connected with Your Teen

Are you staying connected with your teen? It is easier than you think. Staying connected with your teen means you can’t be their friend, but you can be there. Staying connected with your teen means being consistent in your decision making, holding them accountable and leading by example. The older I get, the more I value relationships. At 63 most of …

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The Power of I AM

This page is dedicated to writings about the power of I AM. These are the two most powerful words that you can think or speak. In the Bible, these words are presented to Moses as the name of God. And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, …

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Hassle Free Homework in 5 Easy Steps

Homework has been a front-line battleground in families since I was in elementary school. And this was when we needed to rub two sticks together to get the horse and buggy started. Homework was no fun then and it is no fun now. Today’s students have 2-4 hours of homework every night!!! This is not an exaggeration. If they were adults …

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