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Parenting Teens About Performance-Based Stress

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Parenting Teens About StressPeople are often surprised when I tell them how much pressure many kids in DuPage County face. They picture the area as quiet and idyllic, a welcome break from the noise of Chicago.

In some ways, they’re right. There are wonderful communities here filled with families and parents who try as best they can.… Read the rest →

5 Musts for Any Parent of a Depressed Child

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It’s so difficult to be the parent of child who battles depression. On top of the pain associated with the knowledge that they’re in pain, many parents also feel personal shame that their child is not “normal,” or that they might have failed them in some way.… Read the rest →

The Biggest Problem Christians Don’t Talk About

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By Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional CounselorBiggest Problem Christians Don't Talk About

As a general rule, addictions are pretty much equal opportunity. Men and women are equally susceptible to them. And process addictions (gambling, eating, spending, sex) are no exception.

Marnie Ferree, a pioneer in the treatment of female sex and relationship addicts, calls sex the fastest growing addiction in the country, and the addiction of choice among Christians. … Read the rest →

How To Be There For Someone Who’s Been Abused

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How to Be There For Someone Who's Been Abused

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
—James 1:19

When you first learn that someone you love has been abused in some way, primal emotional responses often flare up.… Read the rest →