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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

Create A Rhythm | Special Topics

Divorced at Christmas

Christmas is a season that evokes a lot of memories. Some memories are sweet. Some memories are bitter sweet. Some memories are just bitter. I’m fortunate enough to have some of every variety but one from Christmas Day 2002 stands out particularly… Read More