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How to Talk to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

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When I was growing up, Family Ties was one of my favorite TV shows. One episode in 1983 stood out to me. Teenage son Alex (played by Michael J. Fox) abuses diet pills (“Speed”) to increase his energy. The thing that stood out to me was that he became … Continue reading…

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Dangerous Lies Teenage Boys Believe

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On September 6, 1992, a moose hunter named Butch Killian came across an abandoned bus in the middle of the Alaskan wild. Inside the bus, he found the unfortunate remains of Christopher McCandless in a sleeping bag. He had starved to death. McCandless’ story was chronicled in Jon Krakauer’s book Into the … Continue reading…

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I Have a Dream: To Be a Great Dad

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most famous speeches in American history and defining a moment in our country. This speech helped shape modern America. Just like our nation, we need something to define our place and set our sights on becoming … Continue reading…

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10 Things to Teach Your Kids about Failure

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Former United States President Harry Truman’s father struggled his whole life to eke out a living as a farmer. Unfortunately, a drought hit and the farm had to be foreclosed on. Many years later, a reporter asked Harry why his father was a failure. Harry replied, “How can my … Continue reading…

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“Why Is My Daughter Cutting Herself?”

why is my daughter cutting herself

When I worked with teenagers, I would spend a month staffing a summer camp. In the midst of the fun, we would give opportunities for the kids to share what was going on in their lives. A lot of things would come to the surface during those times. I … Continue reading…

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