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.
We trust the folks over at Common Sense Media and here they’ve rated some apps and websites that help kids place themselves in the shoes of others. We’ve long discussed the importance and benefits of teaching empathy. Here are some creative ways we can use technology to help accomplish that goal.
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
Soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.
Psalm 42, The Mesasge
If you had been anywhere near Camp Hopetown this week, you would have heard these words shouted out by 28 2nd-4th graders (and a few counselors)…over and over again. We shouted them with angry voices, pretending we were mad because we wanted to ride the tube first. We shouted them with sad voices worried we would be left out from our friends. We shouted them with fearful voices that it would rain and keep us from the lake. But however we cried the blues, other voices always shouted back, “FIX MY EYES ON GOD—SOON I’LL BE PRAISING AGAIN.” READ MORE