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Category: Counseling

How does one traumatic event affect a family for generations?

Trauma has occurred throughout human history.  Awful things have happened to people that overwhelm the ability to cope and have effects that last for a long time. Most of the time when we talk about trauma the focus is on individuals – how individual persons experience and are affected by traumatic events.  However, recent research … Continued

A history of self-care

With so many stressful events happening in close succession over the past few years we have all heard reminders to make time for self-care.  Some of these come in a paternalistic tone, like a concerned parent reminding a child to brush her teeth.  Others come across more like a supportive friend who’s been there for … Continued

Suicide in Children

When we talk about suicide usually the discussion is about teens and young adults.  In fact, many people believe that younger children aren’t capable of intentionally ending their own lives because they assume that children don’t really understand what it means to be dead. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is not only incorrect, but also … Continued

Is your adolescent behaving sexually appropriate?

In a perfect world, parents would have started the difficult conversations regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior with their child before reaching double digits. As youth approach the middle school years, hormonal changes combined with technology can lead to not only curiosity but behavior that can lead to a youth being in trouble with the … Continued

What is sexually appropriate behavior for kids ages 5 to 9?

A parent has many decisions to make when caring for their children. Oftentimes, decisions start with having conversations with your child. Many of those talks center around the table sharing each other’s day while eating dinner. Dinnertime conversation can lead to the start of uncomfortable topics. The most uncomfortable conversation for most parents is talking … Continued

What medical paperwork is needed for your college student

Parents and their children look forward to many milestones – the first day of kindergarten; turning 13 and becoming a teenager; passing your driver’s test and getting your license at age 16; and turning 18 – the age the law states you are an adult. “There are many important changes that occur once that legal … Continued

Is Your Teen a Screenager?

Delaney Ruston is the mother of two teenagers and a medical doctor. When her daughter was in junior high, they began shopping for a phone for her. Delaney wanted her daughter to have a phone only for the purpose of verbal communication, her daughter wanted a phone with the internet so she could connect with … Continued

Puff bars: the new era of disposable Vaping

Vaping Pop Quiz If you found this item in your teen’s pocket, what might be in it?   a. Tampon b. Candy c. Puff Bar vape d. Flavored drink mix 2. If you saw this advertised, at first glance, you might think it was: a Breath freshener b. Lip gloss c. Perfume d. Vape pen … Continued