Giving Ultimatums to Teens – A Word of Caution

Published on Choose Help on 6/13 Parents often struggle with how to draw and enforce boundaries for their teenage child. For example, consider the following situation: Imagine your 16 year-old daughter wants to go to a party on a school night – something that you are totally opposed to. On the night of the party, […]

How I Honor My Dad On Father’s Day (And Every Day)

Published on YourTango on 6/14/13  Father’s Day can be hard if your dad has died, but you can still celebrate his life. My own father died right after Father’s Day — a story that has taken some time to be able to tell but which you can read more about. While, in general, we do not think about the mortality […]

What Is the Meaning of the Funeral Recessional Hymn?

Published on Opposing Views on 6/11/13 Funerals serve both an emotional or pastoral as well as a theological purpose. The manifestations of these purposes vary somewhat from person to person as well as from denomination to denomination. However, within these variations, the final hymn of the funeral service that many refer to as the recessional […]

A Couple’s Guide To Joint Finances

Published on YourTango on 6/10/13 Considering opening a joint account with your significant other? Here are six things to consider. Couples have to work out a way to take care of financial matters that they both are involved in and this can be as source of conflict within the relationship. These decisions are all about the money […]

My Dad Had a Heart Attack on Father’s Day

Published on YourTango on 6/7/13 For many people Father’s Day is a joyful time. Read how one Father’s Day changed my life forever. Father’s Day 2007 turned out to be much different than I had planned and nothing like I could ever have expected. The plan was that my father was coming out to visit me in […]

The Unforgettable Money Lesson I Learned from My Father

Published on YourTango on 6/7/13 On Father’s Day, I remember my father’s life and the lessons he taught me. As my father’s death is tied to Father’s Day and as I seek to honor him in the way I live, around Father’s Day I think about the lessons I learned from him and how they have been influential in guiding […]

Adolescent and Young Adult ADHD and Substance Abuse – How to Intervene

Published on Choose Help on 5/13 Adolescents and young adults with ADHD can face many challenges when they first leave home, but once living independently, what can parents do if they suspect substance abuse or addiction? Individuals with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), especially if not effectively treated, can experience a range of difficulties. Parents can […]

10 Alternate Mother’s Day Activities

Published on YourTango on 5/5/13 Send your mom flowers, buy her lunch – here are other ideas for Mother’s Day Mother’s Day can become very routine.  You call your mother.  You take her out to lunch.  You take this opportuntiy to express your love and gratitude to her.  However, Mother’s Day is an opportunity to look […]

My Relationship Is In Trouble, Could a Pastoral Counselor Help?

Published on YourTango on 4/28/13 There are all sorts of counselors out there – could a pastoral counselor help us? There are so many types of counselors out there.  If your relationship is in trouble, who can you turn to? An LPC? LMHC? LMFT? LCSW? Psychologist? Pastoral Counselor?Lucy from Peanuts? Some other designation?  Is a pastoral counselor qualified to […]

Overcoming Tragedy: The Death Of Your Child

Published on YourTango on 4/16/13 Letting go of a loved one is never easy, but remembering their love can be the best way to cope. When we hear tragic news stories, we can’t help but picture ourselves and our loved ones placed at the center of such events. The  deaths of Audrey Pott in California, Rehtaeh Parsons in Nova Scotia and 8-year-old Martin […]