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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 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.


Everything is Awesome…

Have you seen the new ad for Xfinity?  “Everything is awesome,” it starts out…meaning “everything is cool when you’re watching a screen.”  It even mentions “more selfies.”  Yep.  You can watch...

Everything is Awesome…

Have you seen the ad for Xfinity?  “Everything is awesome,” it starts out…meaning “everything is cool when you’re watching a screen.”  It even mentions “more selfies.”  Yep.  You can watch it here.

They’ve tapped in once more to the pressure our kids (and we) feel in this tech saturated world.  Everything is awesome that is available on a screen.  In fact, we’ve got to be awesome when we’re showing up on screens ourselves... 

Do you want to share today?

What if you were the only one?  

(This is something you can do with your children...  Read John 6 out loud first.)

We all know the story.  It’s where Jesus feeds the 5,000.  But we might not remember one very important detail…

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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