The battle against shame starts in childhood

Since Genesis 3, shame has been Satan’s primary weapon against the sons and daughters of God. The reason shame is so powerful? Because it speaks to…


Five ways loneliness and isolation contribute to teen suicide and self-injury

Matthew and his parents entered my office and sat down on my couch.  Matthew folded his arms and stared out my window. His parents both took a deep…


Four practices that will help your pre-teen overcome anxiety

I don’t have to tell you that because of COVID-19, our world has changed dramatically.  Thanks to the vaccines, we’re beginning to get out into this…


How the discipline of Sabbath rest saved my daughter’s life

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8 ESV). My daughter, Megan, is a senior in college and struggles with perfectionism and…


Parenting overwhelmed children: Using God’s story to help navigate big emotions

My daughter Sophia is a perfect firstborn. She is thoughtful, attempts to do the right thing, and keeps it "together" to the outside world.  People…


The perfectly imperfect puzzle: Working with what God has given you today

I was laying in bed late one night, and I heard a message come in on my phone. It was from my fourteen-year-old daughter. The gist of it is that she…


Three things your kids need today

I’ve been counseling children and families for 28 years. In the last decade, I’ve never seen anything soar like the rates of anxiety among kids. As…


An Open Letter to the Anxious Mom

Dear Anxious Mom, I think we would all agree that “regular life” is stressful.  Between the sports practices and homework and laundry and…


How to calm your anxious teen (and yourself)

When my kids were younger, I remember being very excited when summer was coming to an end. At that stage of my life, in the trenches of raising…