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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. 


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Matthew 14:22-36

Matthew 14 is the familiar story of Jesus walking on the water.  How do you remember the story?  What do you remember most?

Melissa asked the 5th-6th graders at camp these same questions last week.

A few of their answers were “Peter didn’t trust and started to drown.” 

“It doesn’t matter how rough the storm is, he’ll catch us.”

“Peter was supposed to trust Jesus.”

Most everyone, though, thought they remembered that Jesus told Peter to come to him on the water.

That’s not exactly the way it went... READ MORE

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.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/apps-and-websites-for-empathy  READ MORE

Parenting is a challenging, delightful, heart-wrenching journey that can feel profoundly overwhelming and lonely at times. Parents need guides who understand the world of their children. We are happy to come along side you in this journey.

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