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When my girls were babies, one of my dear friends had a teenager struggling with anorexia. As she went into treatment, they required family therapy and  the therapist said he had never seen a patient so open with her parents throughout the process.  Somehow they had created communication patterns that held during crisis.  She weathered […]
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As the flood of graduation photos roll out on social media, I can’t help but think some of my friends deserve their own graduation party– just for getting that kid to walk across the stage.   Some of you weren’t sure there would even be a graduation to celebrate (you know who you are!).  But […]
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For a few short months when my children were young, we took in four sisters whose mother was unable to care for them because of mental illness.  They ranged from 6 years old to 16 years old— remarkable and resilient young girls, though threadbare from years of neglect.  The first night that I tucked in […]
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The decade of the 30’s is a little less self-absorbed than the previous decade (no offense, 20-somethings).  The relational, financial, and vocational commitments made as you move through young adulthood demand more structure and responsibility.   This will be one of the most intense seasons of output in your life, particularly if you are raising children. […]
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One of the most frequent questions we get working with families in transition is, “‘How do I help my children deal with these changes (in homes, countries, schools, families, etc)?” Here are several things your child needs during transition: Give your child more TIME… As hard as it is to make yourself present to your […]
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