Middle School (6th-8th)

Character and Values | Middle School (6th-8th)

Helping Preteens Discover Courage

Preteens are feeling caught in their schedule, their access to culture, and the pressure to succeed. And the expectations placed on them are often too unrealistic for them to handle.… Read More
Helping My Middle and High Schooler Manage Their Emotions

High School (9th-12th) | Mental Health | Middle School (6th-8th)

Helping My Middle and High Schooler Manage Their Emotions

As a counselor for teenagers, I see and hear a lot of stuff. But I bet you wouldn’t be able to guess what my most memorable and favorite sessions look… Read More

Middle School (6th-8th)

6 Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Develop Positive Body Image

The School Dance I remember the first time I became super aware of the way I looked. It was my first middle school dance, and, as an eighth grader, this was a pretty big deal. I had waited my entire middle school… Read More

Mental Health | Middle School (6th-8th)

What’s Worrying Our Girls

This is an excerpt from Raising Worry-Free Girls by Sissy Goff (used with permission) What's Worrying our Girls By nature, girls want to please. Girls define themselves against a backdrop of relationship. Feeling known and loved is crucial. So to say something… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Middle School (6th-8th)

7 Undeniable Characteristics of Middle Schoolers Parents Should Know

If there is one common theme that surfaces every time I talk with parents of middle schoolers it’s this: it’s really confusing and really hard. Why? Because change is what marks this phase of life, and change isn’t easy for anyone. I… Read More

High School (9th-12th) | Middle School (6th-8th)

How To Not Embarrass Your Teen

How do you NOT embarrass your teen? You can’t. The end. Good article everyone. I’ll be here all week. Make sure to tip your waiters. It’s impossible, right? You’re going to embarrass your teenager on some level in some way. That’s just… Read More

Elementary (K-5th) | Family Life | Fight For The Heart | High School (9th-12th) | Middle School (6th-8th)

The Humility of Connection

Growing up, I had a hard time connecting with my dad. Different Interests As a kid, all I could see were the differences between us. I liked to read comic books. I loved to draw. I would play with action figures for… Read More

High School (9th-12th) | Middle School (6th-8th) | Special Topics

The Suicide Talk

Most parents know when they have kids that at some point they’ll have “the talk.” The one about the birds and the bees that incites awkwardness. Or some parents will leave a book with confusing anatomical drawings. (Thanks Mom.) Even still, there… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Middle School (6th-8th)

10 Tips to Connect with Your Teenager

Time flies fast from elementary to college age, so get ready to change your parenting habits. Every child seems to move in warp speed toward the teenage years. I was caught by surprise when a new declaration of personal independence was automatically… Read More