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5 Ways To Help Your Child Make the New School Transition

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new school

Think back to your first day at a new school. All the kids were so much bigger than you. You didn’t know where anything was. In short, it was all really scary. And that’s doubly true if you just moved to town and didn’t know anyone in the building.… Read the rest →

Reminders for Your Teenager (and You) Before their First Date

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teenager first dateAh, young love. It’s a wonderful time filled with butterflies, hormones and almost unbelievable awkwardness. Wow. I’m thankful I aged out of it a long time ago, and I’m thankful my kids have nearly made it out as well.

Whether your kids are in the midst of dating for the first time or you’re here to prepare for the inevitable, you should know that it’s not easy to be the parent of a dating teenager.… Read the rest →

How To Grow Your Child’s Distress Tolerance

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By Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

distress tolerance“Parenting is hard.”

How many times have you heard that?

It’s completely true, of course. Good parenting is supremely difficult. But have you ever thought about why it’s so tough? There are lots of reasons, including having to put your own life on hold, spending much less quality time with your partner and, of course, the countless frustrations those adorable kiddos cause every day.… Read the rest →

How To Launch Your Kids (Out of Your House)

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By Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

How To Launch Your KidsYears ago, I had a sit-down with my kids. The conversation was brief. First, I told my son he was moving out of the house and getting his own place on September 1, 2019.… Read the rest →

Love Languages: How to Improve Communication in Relationships

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love languagesIn his book, The Five Love Languages, author Gary Chapman theorizes that people tend to naturally give love in the way that they prefer to receive love, and better communication between couples can be accomplished when one can demonstrate caring to the other person in the love language the recipient understands.… Read the rest →

How to Put a Positive Spin on Your Marriage

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Successful marriage

According to Newton, an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted on by an external force. How does this apply to a marriage? Once a spouse is firmly entrenched in a negative state of mind, it is quite difficult for them to move from it.… Read the rest →