Talking to your kids about a school shooting can be a difficult and sensitive topic to approach. Here are some suggestions on how to have this conversation: Remember that every child is unique, and there is no one "right" way to talk to your child about a school shooting. The most important … [Read more...] about How to Talk to Your Kids About School Shootings
Use Your Words
Can you use your words to tell me what you’re feeling? Is there anything else you’d like to share? Thank you for trusting me when you are struggling. These are all great phrases that encourage our kids to share their emotions with us. Sometimes as parents, we feel overwhelmed when our kids are … [Read more...] about Use Your Words
Ways to Show Love
This morning my doorbell rang, and to my delight, my favorite florist truck was in front of me. Our counseling staff at @cca_cares sent just the right things to provide care and comfort during this season of grief after losing my dad. I love the scent of the olive tree candle, and I love … [Read more...] about Ways to Show Love
How many feeling words can you name?
How many feeling words can you name? Research from leaders like @brenebrown indicates that adults and kids need to expand their emotional vocabulary. When reading Scripture with your kids, it will only take an extra minute or two to discuss the emotions involved and include them in your prayer time … [Read more...] about How many feeling words can you name?
How to Help Your Child When They Are Feeling Sad
Want to know how to help your child when they are feeling sad? Start by asking them what they are feeling and listen. Then ask them where they feel it in their body. Ask them if they were feeling any other feelings as well. This is important because it helps kids begin to understand that … [Read more...] about How to Help Your Child When They Are Feeling Sad
A Parent’s Compassionate Presence
It’s so hard to see your kids be sad. Our first instinct is often to wipe away the tears and make it all better. But sometimes not allowing them to feel and process their sadness actually increases the intensity over time. What they really need is your compassionate presence so they can learn to … [Read more...] about A Parent’s Compassionate Presence
Who Needs Your Compassion Today?
This week I’ve been reminded that we all need compassion or a little extra grace. When life is hard, sometimes it’s just hard and there’s nothing you can do to fix it. I can’t give you seven, five or even three steps. Sometimes life is just about slowing down, taking care of yourself, and turning … [Read more...] about Who Needs Your Compassion Today?
How to Transform Your Thinking
Is there someone in your life who saw God at work in you and confirmed your calling, helped you feel confident to move forward when you were hesitant? Feel free to tag them below and express your gratitude. Today I’m giving thanks for Jill Savage. She and I met Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks … [Read more...] about How to Transform Your Thinking
Reset Your Mindset
What are some words you think of when you think of who God says you are? I think I’ve loved, free, forgiven, accepted, and empowered. I can’t wait to see yours. Today if you’re feeling like you’re not enough, don’t have enough time, or just can’t…. Maybe it’s time to reset your mindset. … [Read more...] about Reset Your Mindset
Owning Our Own Emotions
How do you manage your difficult relationships? Most of us have at least one person in our life that, hard as we try, positive communication seems impossible to maintain. I work with clients all the time in the office helping them understand that while they can’t change other people, they can … [Read more...] about Owning Our Own Emotions
Constant Comparison Robs Us
Viewing social media for me can be a challenge. What about you? Sometimes I love it and I love seeing what all my friends are doing. Every once in a while though, I see a post and there’s a small part of me that wishes I was doing what they were doing when they were doing it. There are moments … [Read more...] about Constant Comparison Robs Us
What’s the Difference Between Christian Coaching and Christian Counseling?
What’s the difference between Christian coaching and Christian counseling? I will be equipping other mental health professionals to answer this question as I lead two sessions on Mental Health Practitioner to Coach:Expand Your Practice and Increase Your Freedom. I’m so excited to work with … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between Christian Coaching and Christian Counseling?