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.
Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Imagination is the fertile ground for faith. It allows young children to embrace stories of a giant whale that swallowed a man named Jonah, how Lazarus came back from the dead, and how a giant Red Sea parted in two.
Imagination allows young children to think creatively in real life. Studies found that young children who were encouraged to be imaginative as young children, remained so as they got older and evolved into skilled problem solvers. Later in life, early “imaginators” were more resourceful in the face of challenge, struggle and difficult circumstances. These kids had a more developed sense of how to navigate challenges such as forgetting to bring homework to school, a forgotten book or lunch, or being placed in a group with challenging students. READ MORE
Q: I feel like I have to repeat myself over and over again before I can get my child to DO what I am asking! There has to be a better solution! HELP!
A: Repetition Doesn’t Necessarily Engender Response...
One of the biggest complaints we hear from kids is that their parents repeat themselves…over and over and over...
“Clean your room.”
“I told you to clean your room.”
“How many times do I have to tell you to clean your room?”
And one of the biggest complaints we hear from parents is that you have to repeat yourselves…over and over and over. This scenario doesn’t seem to be working for anyone. READ MORE