Archive For The “Parenting” Category

Family Vacations: Buy Experiences, Not Things

By | June 19, 2015

Getting out of the house and taking a vacation is an excellent way to spend some quality time with your family and unwind from the humdrum of everyday life. It’s easy to get into routines and just as easy to let the summer slip without the memories you’d really wish you had. If you plan […]

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Talking To Your Child About A Crime In Your Area

By | September 12, 2014

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Information about a crime or tragedy in the neighborhood can spread in seconds with the technology and electronic web of how we share, update, and communicate with each other. The bank robbery today in St. George Utah at Zions National Bank prompted schools to send me automated texts about the imposed lockdown, middle schoolers and high […]

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Back To School: Staying Connected To Your Teen

By | September 4, 2014

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We live in a world that thrives on instant gratification. The prevalence of mobile devices and tablets provides a forum of content on demand. Unfortunately, although we have a plethora of facts at our fingertips with our trusty smart phones, the answers to our complex social questions and emotional quandaries are not always so instantaneous. As […]

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Look Where You Want To Go : Keep Showing Up!

By | August 26, 2014

                            She did 31 full Ironman’s before she won one of them. She won the Ultraman 6.2 mile swim, 260 mile bike, and double marathon 52.4 mile run, she is Hillary Biscay. “Look where you want to go, keep showing up … you’ll […]

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The Family Solution: Experiential Family Treatment in St George Utah

By | July 15, 2014

Outpatient therapy can and is very helpful for teens and parents to work through issues and patterns that often change the entire family’s functioning. At times, it can be so complicated at home that parents consider an out of home placement. Placing your child out of the home can be a good option for many […]

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Helicopter Grandparenting: When Helping Becomes Hovering and Harming

By | November 11, 2011

I recently had a couple in my office for a variety of issues. We initially started to dialogue and generate some solutions concerning some significant problems they were facing. Their problem began long before their marriage, as I will explain, but had become an acute issue that was taxing their relationship and marriage as well […]

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Emotional Codependency in Marriage and Parenting Relationships

By | August 7, 2011

Codependency has typically been associated or understood to be a dynamic that occurs with individuals that are addicted to substances and their partners or spouses. Today the phenomenon we call codependency can be associated with those that are in fact not using substances of any kind. Mothers and children, husbands and wives, friends and associates […]

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Strengthening Relationships Through Family Traditions and Rituals

By | December 7, 2010

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With the holiday season approaching, countless events become abuzz with holiday parties, church and social events, and family dinners typical for the season. These events serve many purposes and when understood more clearly enhance, solidify, and safeguard your relationships and overall emotional health. Rituals are activities that couples and families create that occur on a predictable […]

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Accountability, Responsibility, and Freedom : Maturity With Developing Adolescents

By | July 23, 2010

Teenagers bring with them a capacity to risk and explore their world similar to when they were toddlers. The difficulty is, most teens want the freedom of egocentric curious toddlers without the responsibility they need to bear as they are approaching young adulthood. Parents hope that as their son or daughter matures, he or she will […]

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Parenting Styles – Rigid, Lax, or Somewhere Inbetween?

By | December 9, 2009

Parents gladly receive children into their lives eager to teach and guide them. Fond hopes are created and dreams planned as their child begins to grow and develop. The difficulty is, kids don’t arrive with an owners manual. So, most parents by default end up parenting based on their own experience they learned consciously or […]

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