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Middle School (6th-8th) | Special Topics

Four Things You Can Do to Start The Conversation on Suicide with Your Middle Schooler

I was 20 years old when I lost someone I loved to suicide. He was a close member of my family, someone who had been living in our home for years before he passed. I still remember exactly where I was sitting… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Mental Health | Special Topics

I’m a Parent Who Struggles With Depression

Hi, My Name is Brandon O’Dell. I am a husband and a father of three young children. I am a writer, an actor, and a Christian. And I suffer from clinical depression. Let me give you some background. I was a happy… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Special Topics

Lessons From a New Stepdad

So, a year and a half ago, I became what I call, a “Bonus Dad” . . . better known as, a “Step Dad”. I must say, I love it. It’s definitely not as hard as I thought it would be. Yet,… Read More

Make It Personal | Special Topics

How to Protect Your Marriage from Parenting

For many, parenting can be tough on a marriage. For around 30 years, researchers have studied how having children affects a marriage, and the results are conclusive: the relationship between spouses suffers once kids come along. And why shouldn’’t it? We stop… Read More

Celebrations | Special Topics

6 Tips to Help Broken Families Enjoy Christmas

In part one of this blog series, my sister painted a pretty honest picture of what our Christmases looked like growing up. (Click here to read part one.) Depending on if you count the Christmas our dad moved out, I had seven… Read More