Category: Family

The Myth of the Sugar High

October 16, 2019 | By

by Dan Seigel, LMFT Halloween is upon us, and children everywhere are gearing up for evenings filled with costumes, trick-or-treating, and the promise of candy coming out of their noses. Parents, on the other hand, are ready for sweaty little goblins (at least down South, where fall may or may not wind its way to […]

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Finding “Merry” And Surviving The Holidays This Year

September 18, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts A few holiday tips: Focus on why we celebrate the holidays. It’s easy to forget, but “holidays” means “holy days.” Attend as many holiday music and worship services as possible. Read scripture. Pray more often. Spend some of your holiday time making a plan about how you want to live a […]

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A Little Old-Fashioned Parenting

September 18, 2015 | By

by Fred. Davis, LPC, intro by Dr. Bert Pitts A friend of mine from Jackson, Mississippi who attended the First Baptist Church there relocated to Birmingham. She shared with me the following jewel of a parenting article from a local newspaper. Reader be warned: Mr. Davis has no goal of writing a “feel-good” article or […]

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You Can’t Go Home (for the Holidays) Again

September 11, 2015 | By

by Daniel Seigel It’s that magical time of year again, when everyone’s hearts are filled with good tidings of joy and love. It’s also that magical time of year when suddenly your calendar fills up with holiday parties, family events, and church services. You might start to ask: the holidays are supposed to be relaxing, […]

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Making the Most of your Holidays

September 11, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts Some of our common holiday tips: Focus on why we celebrate the holidays. It is easy to forget, but “holidays” means “holy days.” If you and your family enjoy them, attend holiday worship and music services. Read more scripture. Pray more often. Be more kind to others. Share with and serve […]

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Vacation Tips For Parents

October 17, 2012 | By

(Re-written and expanded article from Summer ’07 edition of ShrinkRap) Even though vacations and travel are enjoyable, they are still tiring. Simply trying to leave town and work for a vacation seems to activate Murphy’s Law in every situation. As such, be realistic about the time it takes to get away. For example, consider giving […]

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Parents and Power Struggle

October 17, 2012 | By

A “power struggle” is a clash of wills. It is normal for parents and children to have them from time to time. They can happen with kids of just about every age, from toddler to teen to young adult. Some kids are more “oppositional” or prone to elicit power struggles than others, but occasional tugs-of-war […]

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Empty Nest Survival Tips

October 17, 2012 | By

As summer has wound down and children are off to college for the first or last time, many parents will experience “empty nest syndrome.” Realistic expectations for this transition are helpful to the child and parent alike. The separation adjustment itself may not be as intense as it once was before cell phones and the […]

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