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Merry Christmas! Five Simple Ways to Create Peace This Year

  My wife started her Christmas shopping a month or so ago. I think my sister started last spring. For me, Christmas always seems to show up by surprise. Typically, I’ve focused on all

Parenting Teenage Daughters Can be a Tough Job

If you think it is tough being the parent of a teenage girl; imagine how hard it is being a teenage girl? Here are some common concerns often brought to me by parents along

Raising Boys – 7 Things Parents Need to Teach Their Sons

  As a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am struck by how often men seem not to have learned the basic skills required to engage a healthy and emotionally intimate relationship with a woman.

The Six Foundational Goals of Parenting

Parenting is a tough job!! No kid comes with an instruction manual and if they did each would have to be completely unique. However, there are a few principles that can serve as basic

10 Ways to Help Your Child Deal With Anxiety

Several weeks ago I posted a Blog about childhood anxiety being a condition that often flies under the radar. In that Blog a number of signs and symptoms were described. But what do we


As time goes by, marriage sometimes takes on a busy routine that distracts from the beauty and wonder that marriage is intended to be. Some couples like to periodically reconnect by taking time off

Date Suggestions for Moms & Daughters

Being a mother is truly an amazing thing, and I feel that it is very important to cherish every moment with our children, so I made a quick list of mother and daughter date

Depression in Preschool Changes the Brain, Study Show

A new study adds to growing evidence that depression can affect even very young children Only in the past two decades has depression in children been taken seriously. Now, it’s becoming clear that kids

Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Love – Some Random Thoughts

Most of the time, the work we do as individuals or clinicians involves one or more of these concepts. Many of the people I work with have a hard time with the concept of

It’s That Season Again

Each spring Alaska posts a sad statistic. The number of suicides, homicides, assaults and other forms of bad behavior is on the rise. During the months of March and April, Alaskans who are subject