Parenting

Many Parts…All One Body

A 13-year-old female enters my office.  Her parents brought her in because her depression has become so intense that she frequently tries to avoid going to school and has stopped doing much with her friends, other than online activities.  She has started eating more, is tired all the time, and just wants to stay in her room.  Her grades have gradually declined over the past five years despite being an A student in elementary school.  She ruminates frequently and often seeks reassurance from her mom for various worries.

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Grrrrrit: The Art of Persistence

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge

As a young boy, Louis “Louie” Zamperini found himself headed down the wrong road in an early life of petty crime and alcohol. That was until his brother convinced him to start running, and running hard. In just a few short years, Louie found himself as the fastest high school runner in the country. In 1936, he competed as an Olympic athlete in Berlin as Hitler looked on.

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Someday When You Are an Adult…

At one point or another, most of us heard it when we were a kid.  Probably more than we wanted.  Whether our parents decided that our requests were too far-fetched or we were unprepared for the privileges and objects we desired, it was very likely that those six fateful words made their way to our ears.  Our reactions spanned from resignation to indignation to condemnation that all may have felt like this:  “You just don’t understand.”  But whatever our response was, and whatever reason was behind our parents uttering those fateful words, we all understood one thing:  our time would come, b

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True confession: I accidentally showed my kids porn

It’s true, I had naked people all over the big-screen TV in my living room. I was trying to show a YouTube science video when I accidently pulled up a soft porn video. Flustered, I rushed to turn off the TV while my kids cackled in laughter. I tried to pretend it wasn’t a big deal, but my kids couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t hide my distress. My oldest was 10 at the time, and I knew he would never forget it.

 

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