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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. 

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This week, we’ll set some ground rules for engaging teenagers around events taking place across the globe.  One of the first disclaimers we’d want to make here is that it’s not uncommon for adolescents to be clueless rather than clued in to current events.  Part of being a normal adolescent is being self-absorbed, and if an event doesn’t directly affect their life, they may be disinterested or not dialed in.  Our first job may be to educate them and help them make needed connections.  A great way to accomplish this is to find short videos on youtube or news sites that are age-appropriate and allow them to have a visual.  

The images will be useful in helping them make connections, more than simply having conversation or reading an article in the newspaper, though that can be a useful practice.  Think about how your individual child best makes connections.  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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