To the Mom Whose Kid Didn’t Make the Honor Society

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It’s that time of year. The school year is ending and, with that, brings all the accolades and recognition of school-year achievements. Every time I look at social media (including my own accounts), I see pictures posted of kids receiving certificates for academics or trophies for sports, or the excitement as seniors get accepted to…

Teaching Kids to Copy the God Stuff

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We teach our kids to copy others from the beginning, and that can be a good thing. Modeling behaviors is how they learn to hold a spoon, play with a toy, and treat other people. We took our four-year-old granddaughter to her soccer game the other day. The entire coaching strategy was to model the…

5 Essential Family Goals for the New Year

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Very few of us ever follows through on a New Year’s resolution. But maybe if we put our minds to it we could actually make a change or two over the long haul. Let me actually suggest five areas to work on to take your home to a higher plane this year. First, spend more…

Help Your Child Set Goals for the New Year

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For most adults, the days leading up to January 1st are a time of reflection and projection. We take stock of how well we did life the last twelve months and make a list of things we want to change or new things we want to try. We are conditioned to do this from years…

Stop Seeking Your Kids’ Happiness

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“I just want to see my child be happy, Dr. Myers. Is that too much to ask?” I’ve heard some form of this statement time and again in my counseling practice. The parents are earnest and well-meaning, but I try to gently break it to them that seeking their child’s happiness is a shallow goal.…

Grow and Go: A Daughter’s Lesson

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Watching my daughter at her gymnastics class has become one of my favorite ways to pass the time. Really. She is so stinking cute, with her tiny self and quick movements and perfect little tushy. I could just squeeze her. She is brave and (mostly) focused, trying every task they present to her with little…