Step 1: Develop a Relationship with Your Teen

Step 1: Develop a Relationship with Your Teen Is your son or daughter unresponsive to your efforts to connect, discipline, coerce or persuade? Do you find it frustrating when they ignore house rules or direction? You might even have suggested that they go play a sport that they used to love only ...

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Using Horses to Help Teens Manage Their Moods

Using Horses to Help Teens Manage Their Moods Approximately 14.3 percent of youth in the United States struggle with mood disorders (youth.gov). These disorders can lead to a variety of other behaviors—acting out, substance abuse, trouble in school, promiscuity, self-harming behaviors, withdra ...

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With Humility Comes Clarity

With Humility Comes Clarity I received an email from a parent and the following words impacted me: “Our daughter made it through the weekend without any major incidents, largely because Tirae was there.” Something akin to a sneak attack ensued with my emotions. I knew Leean ...

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Using Nature as Therapy

Using Nature as Therapy For as long as history has been recorded, human beings have felt a deep connection to the land and world around them. This connection has been a normal part of children’s lives as they grow, and many of us can remember running through fields and ca ...

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Just Hold On

Just Hold On In 1998 my husband and I decided to take our two oldest sons and their cousins on a rafting trip down the Colorado River. As we “knew a guy,” we borrowed life vests, rafts, and chose to not hire a guide—after all, who needs a guide? The river o ...

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The “Golden Ticket” to Support & Perspective

The “Golden Ticket” to Support & Perspective “What am I supposed to do about my son?” “Why is this so hard? “Who can I talk to?” Parent conference weekend just wrapped up at Heritage, which was a marvelous opportunity for parents to rub shoulders with others in their same boat.  Aft ...

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Principle Centered Parenting, Finding Common Ground

Principle Centered Parenting, Finding Common Ground I was recently working with a set of parents who were frustrated with each other because of how the other was parenting. The father was very task oriented and was continually “hounding” (according to mom) their son to clean his room, do his homew ...

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