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How to Spot the Warning Signs of Child Abuse

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By Rita Rippentrop, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

For the majority of us, home is somewhere we are excited to return to at the end of the day. It is a place where we feel loved, respected and safe to be ourselves.… Read the rest →

Understanding Current Adolescent Vaping Trends

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by Deepak Santhiraj, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

When Americans engaged one another on the country scenes of the Civil War during the 1860s, morphine became a battlefield standard. Millions of doses were given to soldiers in need of treatment from surgeries, accidents, as well as diseases and injuries.… Read the rest →

Upcoming Panel Discussion: Students Under Stress- October 18

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Grant will speak on a panel at the The Compass Church‘s Hobson campus next Thursday, October 18. The subject is on point for teenagers and parents of teens: it focuses on the ups and downs of social media and screen time.… Read the rest →

5 Ways To Help Your Child Make the New School Transition

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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 →