Category Archives: Parent Support

Check Out Our Parent Resource Blog for parents of adolescent teens and adults

NST also authors a Parent Resource Blog, in addition to our Troubled Teenager Programs blog, via New Start Resources.  Please feel free to view and register for this blog at the link posted below.  Further, NST would like to thank its subscribers and those who contribute to our blogs and effort to increase education and […]

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Stress Management…

So, how do we stop merely surviving and start actually living? I’d like to prescribe a cognitive behavioral intervention that is in the family of meditation. As breathing is getting in touch with your body, meditation is getting in touch with your mind and soul (yes, we all have a soul—I won’t go into that […]

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Preventive Care: Lessons Learned as a Boy Scout

I don’t know about you, but every so often I feel the need to purchase a ticket to ride the “Memory Lane Express”. The past is an interesting professor. It reminds us of choices and events that cannot change but its syllabus does adjust as we age and mature. Recently, I enrolled myself into the […]

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Stepfamilies: The Blending of Different Worlds

The late Churchman Neal Maxwell once said, “There are no perfect families . . . but there are many good families who are . . . anxiously engaged in nurturing and providing for their families, often against such heavy odds!” Living in family units can be the greatest joy yet the greatest challenge throughout existence. […]

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“The Good Parent”: Challenging the Myths of Good Parenting

Concerning the topic of parenting, let me share with you a small truth that you probably won’t believe. You’re the expert on your child(ren). Yes, you really are! You were with them from the beginning, you recognize their cues, you know their diet, likes, and dislikes. You sense danger as well as thrill at first words, steps, smiles, and coos. Now does this mean that you know everything? Of course not. You shouldn’t be expected to. Parenting is NOT an art, it’s a process. It’s NOT something we master.Concerning the topic of parenting, let me share with you a small truth that you probably won’t believe. You’re the expert on your child(ren). Yes, you really are! You were with them from the beginning, you recognize their cues, you know their diet, likes, and dislikes. You sense danger as well as thrill at first words, steps, smiles, and coos. Now does this mean that you know everything? Of course not. You shouldn’t be expected to. Parenting is NOT an art, it’s a process. It’s NOT something we master.

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Collaborative Health Care: Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold

Human beings best exist and thrive in an environment of social support, enabling our system to maximize its potential. In fact, the human body was not engineered to be isolated for long periods of time. Just as flowers turn toward sunlight, so we seek after acceptance, validation, counsel, comfort, pleasure, and happiness by being in the presence of or connected with a larger network of people (e.g. families, friends, peers, organizations, denominations, etc.) Removing a person from his or her social support system is like removing a coal from the burning influence of others—it can sustain itself for a time, but it will always burn out. Isn’t it time we stop getting left out in the cold?

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Bullying at School: The Crisis and the Calming

Bullying is abuse! It is wrong and never justified! For between 10-30% of school-age children and adolescents, attending school can be a daily trauma as they anticipate another day of enduring the taunting and abuse of bullies. If you fear that your child is the target of a bully, act immediately, advocate for your child, and work toward putting a stop to the abuse.

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Humor as a Coping Skill: The Art of Not Taking Yourself So Seriously

There are many other ways to use humor during stress such as watching a funny movie or emailing a joke to friends and family before you start your day. However, wisdom and discernment must be used to determine appropriate timing for humor to be an appropriate coping mechanism. Masking feelings do nothing more than bury the feelings needing to surface.

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Pornography: Making the Home a Refuge from the Storm

We need to recognize what pornography is and what it can become: an addiction. Researchers, doctors, and mental health professionals are more and more seeing and treating it as such. As we treat pornography what it actually is, we’ll begin the process of truly making our homes a safe haven from this storm. Please share your thoughts!

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A Quick Note to Parents of Troubled Youth

I wanted to take a few minutes and express to you the benefits I feel my two sons and family gained from them attending a youth wilderness and residential program. No human being can be forced into change-the lasting changes only come when the individual themselves wants to change. The same is true with youth […]

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