Why Do Teens Do Drugs & Drink Alcohol?

Why Do Teens Do Drugs & Drink Alcohol?

High school is the time to experiment, to try out different personalities, appearances, friends, passions, and making drugs and alcohol so enticing. The school systems have been doing a great job of educating the students in health class about the dangers of drugs and alcohol so we have seen a decrease in the use of these substances.

In addition to teaching our kids the ’80s slogan of “Just Say No,” I think it’s important for us as parents to recognize why, even with education on the dangers, the use of substances is still an option. I have broken down what I have seen behind their motivation; it is complex and multifaceted. Therefore, we have to educate, offer support, display grace, and love intentionally to help our kids make good decisions.

Here is what I have seen. 

The Enticing World of Sexting & It's Impact on Our Kids

The Enticing World of Sexting & It's Impact on Our Kids

As a mental health counselor specializing in adolescents, one of the workshops I offer for parents of teens is called Technology and Teens. I go over all the present apps that the majority of adolescents use to educate parents about the potential emotional, relational, and psychological struggles kids could have using these apps.

Sexting is always a big topic parents want addressed. And while sexting isn’t an app, there are plenty of apps that are conducive to producing and sharing sexts. And though we can probably guess the negative consequences, legally and socially, let’s talk about 3 dangers of sexting parents need to know about.

How to Teach your Son to Be a Servant Leader

How to Teach your Son to Be a Servant Leader

I have the blessing of raising two girls and two boys. They each come with their own personality, strengths, and weaknesses. While I feel confident in raising my girls, most likely because I am one, it’s my boys that my heart aches for and where I feel ill-equipped. I perceive there is so much pressure on boys to fit a certain mold of masculinity, intelligence, and leadership. So how can I raise my boys to be themselves, while equipping them to fight against the pressures of who culture tells them to be? Teach them to be servant leaders!

Here are my suggestions!

How to Help your Child Avoid the Performance Curse

How to Help your Child Avoid the Performance Curse

I’m not certain when the idea that our performance equates our worth was formulated. However, I do know that many kids and teens feel the pressure to excel in order to feel they are valuable therefore cursing our kids to a life of performance-based worth. This performance curse can lead to terrible stress in children.

Here are some ways to help your child avoid the performance curse. 

How to reveal and heal your emotional scars

How to reveal and heal your emotional scars

We all have has experiences that have left us broken and scarred, but what many of us don't realize is that even though those events happened in the past they still affect us today. Here I discuss the power these scars still have on us and ways to take your next steps in healing! 

4 Reasons you might be an Ogre Mom

4 Reasons you might be an Ogre Mom

Have you ever felt like you had days where you turned into a Ogre and weren't sure why? Here I offer some lifestyle choices that may be contributing to you turning green! 

Holiday Stress Relief for Moms

 Holiday Stress Relief for Moms

Holidays can be an awesome time of joy and blessing, but the also have a way of reminding us of things that were easier to ignore during the rest of the year. I make 3 suggestions on making your holidays a little less stressful, so you can embrace what the Holidays are truly about: JOY! Read more here!

4 ways to make sex happen in chaos

 4 ways to make sex happen in chaos

Married with kids always equals chaos! Too often we as parents forget that the main focus should be on the marriage, and that includes making time for intimacy! Here I offer up 4 ways to make your marriage the number one priority!