Welcome to RaisingBoysandGirls.com
We'd like to introduce ourselves to you. Our names are Melissa Trevathan, Sissy Goff and David Thomas. We're counselors in Nashville, Tennessee with a combined 75+ years of counseling kids and families. We work at a place called Daystar Counseling Ministries, or, as one boy called it, The Little Yellow House that Helps People. There, along with a staff of thirteen friends who are also co-workers and four very talented pet therapists, we currently counsel 1300 children, teens and families. Out of our work at Daystar, we have had the tremendous opportunity to write several books and offer seminars for parents and educators across the country. We are honored every day to speak into the lives of children, teens and parents at Daystar, as well as other communities. And we are grateful you found your way to our website.
We hope these pages will be an opportunity for us to get to come alongside you in your parenting. We want to reach beyond the walls of our counseling offices at Daystar and into your homes...to encourage you, to laugh with you, to share with you what we feel is going on in the hearts of children, teens, and parents, and mostly, to bring you hope in your journey. We are grateful for who you are and how you love the children whose lives you touch.
*Raising Boys and Girls intends for the blog to provide general and educational information to support parents and educators in caring for the kids in their lives. The content is not intended to be a substitute for consulting with your child's pediatrician, teacher or counselor. In order to be HIPPA compliant, we cannot answer counseling related questions on this site. You may contact our office if you are interested in setting up a parent consultation, and feel that it would be helpful.
“You may be wondering what your son is thinking…The answer is, he’s not.” David says often in our parenting seminar, Raising Boys and Girls. You probably remember that stage with your son. He would put marbles up his nose and try to flush a matchbox car down the toilet. His lack of thinking ended him up in trouble quite often. If you have a teenager, son or daughter, it can feel much the same.
What is she thinking that she can text and drive at the same time and not have an accident?
What is he thinking that he doesn’t have to do any of his school work and he’ll be “fine"...
Just a few weeks ago, we wrote about the anxiety so many kids were facing as they started back to school. It’s no surprise to any of you, if you’ve read our blog before, how concerned we are about the prevalence of anxiety today among kids. Fifteen years ago, we were only seeing a handful of kids with anxiety in our counseling offices. Today, a majority of our sessions with school-age kids and their parents are over this very issue. It’s considered the most common form of “mental illness” among children. It’s also the most treatable. And, as you may have noticed, we put quotes around mental illness.
By Sean Wright, Founder & President of Affinity Technology Partners
This post wraps up a four-part series aimed at giving parents the knowledge they need to protect children from dangerous content and interactions online. The first post discussed the dangers, such as pornography, cyberbullying, and sexting, and introduced the comprehensive internet safety plan. The second post walked you through taking a device inventory and defining your goals for internet safety. And our third post gave you a guide to five kinds of technical safeguards that can help you achieve your internet safety goals.
In our final post, we want to leave you with five tips that, in our experience, help make internet safety plans a lasting success for families...