My Experience: Life After a Natural Disaster

*Reposting in light of the effect of Hurricane Harvey on communities. As we come to the end of tornado season here in Georgia and for most of the US some people are left trying to repair damage and piece their life back together. The damage and impact of a natural … Read More

Our First Thanksgiving Together….

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If you are newly in a relationship or you are a newlywed then this might be your first Thanksgiving together. If no one has told you yet the first Thanksgiving can be a challenging one because everyone has ideas about how the holiday “should” be spent.

Dealing with Complaining Friends

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I have heard the question over and over again “What do I do about my friend when all she does is complain about things”. When you have a friend who likes to complain about their life, it can be emotionally draining and put you in a negative funk with them.

Helping Children Cope with Divorce

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When parents decide to divorce, the decision can be difficult for children to cope with and understand. Children may react to the news very differently depending on their age. For example, a preschooler may have questions about who is going to feed the family pet or if they are still going to be able to play with their neighbor friend. But a teen may have questions about what happened in their parents relationship or if they will still be able to attend college.

Talking with Your Child about Sex

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Kids are full of questions and curiosity about the world around them, so every parent knows it is just a matter of time before their child starts asking questions about sexuality and sex. Some parents welcome these questions while other parents dread them; regardless of which category you fall into, the questions will come, so I want to help you prepare yourself.

Is my teen just being a teen…or is it something more?

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The teen years are difficult because the young, innocent child you once knew is now on a mission to separate from the family and become their own person. Sometimes this shows up by the teen staying in their room most of the time, not wanting to spend as much time with the family, or being moody. These are all normal teen things, but how do you know when there is more going on?

Does my teen daughter still need her mother?

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There is no relationship as close and as strained as the mother-daughter relationship, especially during the teen years. The difficulty in this relationship is highlighted with drama and humor in a show called Gilmore Girls. If you have watched this show you know the difficulty Lorelai Gilmore (mother) had with letting Rory (daughter) make mistakes while still being a loving mother who was there to offer guidance.

Parenting in the world of Facebook

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I read an article on CNN recently about Facebook considering opening the site up to children under the age of 13. Facebook has so far banned kids under the age of 13 from having an account, but that does not seem to stop many young kids from having one.  Consumer … Read More

Pet Loss: Are my feelings normal?

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Dogs, cats, and many other family pets can bring so much joy and fun to a household. In many families pets become part of the family; going on family trips, becoming a part of daily family routines, and playing with the family. Pets quickly become a member of the family … Read More

Fear of what?

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This is a series of blogs that Jennifer Wilmoth, LAMFT wrote after returning from a recent trip to Africa. A few reflections, a few lessons learned. Enjoy the journey.  Stories from Africa: Chapter 6 Fear of what? As we entered the gates of Kibera with military escorts armed with machine … Read More