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Guiding Kids Through Hard Things

No one escapes troubles in life—no one. Some, however, experience more than their fair share. Some people, too, respond in ways that leave residual harm on their lives and prevent them...

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Getting a Better Understanding of Trauma

Everyone has challenges that impede their growth and development. We all have villains in our life stories who oppose us and keep us from becoming who we're meant to become. Sometimes those...

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Why Everyone Needs to Define Their Core Beliefs

I didn’t grow up with any beliefs, or so I thought. From a religious or spiritual perspective, our family didn’t align with them. We weren’t overly patriotic; we didn’t...

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Understanding Your BackStory

“Tell us about yourself.” 

Can you think of a more anxiety-provoking question? On one hand, it’s a softball question, right? Who else knows more about your own life than you?...

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Letting Kids Live Their Own Lives

THE PATH OF SURRENDER

As my kids get older, I'm realizing in a new way how little control I have over them. It's the same lesson I remember trying to learn when they were...

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Building Healthy Friendships - Conflict Resolution

One of the most significant moments I've had with a friend came because we had a fight. Just a few days after graduating from college, my friend, John, and I were hanging out in someone's backyard...

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What to do when you feel empty, lonely, lost, or bored

Do you ever get 'The Sunday Blues'? It's that icky feeling we all get sometimes when we're feeling bored, unsettled, and stuck. Growing up, my sister and I called it 'that homesick feeling' we...

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Intentional Reflection Moments

A few years back I knew that it was time for a career change. Really, it was time for a change in the trajectory in my life. I just didn't have the confidence that if I continued down the path I...

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Veteran Transition and Storytelling

"TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF..." 

Throughout our lives, the most common question we'll be asked is this: Who are you? Rarely will anyone ask the question using those words exactly (except maybe...

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The Missing Ingredients of Adulthood

I remember the first time I felt like a real adult— it was when my wife (then girlfriend) and I went to a jewelry store to look into buying an engagement ring. We were only 22 years old, and...

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For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.  

They're uncommon sense ideas, really.

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