Give Dad Credit Where Credit is Due

When fathers take an active role in parenting, kids survive and THRIVE!             Behold the bungling father. Ever notice how the media has portrayed dads? They tend to be cast in the role of the loveable g...

The Importance of Grieving

Teaching children how to cope from an early age will benefit them when tragedy inevitably strikes My daughter, Olivia, and her friends recently were celebrating their impending college graduation. At the party...

Responding to Sexual Behavior in Young Children

Even in today’s sexually open society, parents struggle with the idea that their children are sexual beings. So, like it or not, parents need to know about the progression of normal sexual development and learn...
Mother and Daughter Talking

The Opioid Epidemic

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids By this time, most people know that we are in the midst of a drug-related disaster in this country. Overdose is the number one cause of death among people younger than...
bringing home a new baby

Bringing Home Baby

Adding a new family member can be hard. Here’s some help to make a smooth transition. A new baby in the house brings a lot of joy… and some challenges. For first time parents the experience is life-changing. F...

Shepherding the Teenage Dream

How to help kids find their purpose and passion                        Thanks to developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, the idea of “identity crisis” created great buzz in the mid to late portion of the las...

Letting Go Again 

Purging your home of childhood artifacts doesn’t mean erasing the memories  About four years ago I wrote about letting go when it was time for my daughter, Olivia, to move away to college.   Much to my surpri...

how to help your child reduce harmful habits

breaking bad How to help your child reduce harmful habits by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. Habits start out as a reaction to an itch, a bump or stuffy nose. The behavior continues because it leads to comfort. Occasio...

Teaching Kids Communication Skills

Teaching communication is one of the most important things parents do to educate their children. Children who hear more words by the time they start school have significant advantages over kids who are raised i...

Raising Respectful Sons Starts Early in Life

A baby’s sense of himself and others starts right from birth and the most important teachers are his parents. Raising a respectful son who respects girls and women should begin with expectations about how he sh...