Category Archives: Parenting

Dr. Phil: What to Look for When Choosing Residential Treatment Centers or Therapeutic Schools

Dr. Phil aired an episode in January of this year (2013) that discussed teen children who had been sent away to residential schools where they were allegedly trapped and abused.  In recognizing that there are many qualified therapeutic options for parents and their children, Dr. Phil provided a list of recommendations to help parents choose […]

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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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Clinton Hardy’s Article to be Published in The Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP)

As a recent update, President, Clinton Hardy, of New Start Transports recently had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP), also referred to as the NATSAP Journal.  Clint’s article encompasses the widely debated topic of treatment coercion among adolescent populations within the United States.  While several possible assertions […]

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Three Effective Habits of Highly Imperfect Parents

I have a confession to make. It may come as a surprise to many but I feel the need to come clean. I’m not a perfect parent. There, I said it! Now that your jaw is on the floor, perhaps I should confess everything else. Sometimes I…

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Recognizing the Depressed Child and Adolescent

It’s very difficult for parents to tease out an underlying depression given the host of childhood and adolescent growing pains and spectrum of emotions. In other words, what’s normal and what’s not? When should anxious parents get a little more anxious?

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Raising Children in a Trusting Environment

Introduction One of my recent blogs I authored, “Fostering a Child’s Independence: Drawing the Line in the Sand”, discussed the psychosocial developmental stages of life. As I previously mentioned in this blog, Erick Erickson, a developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst, dedicated most of his life studying, understanding, and developing this model of development. As a refresher, […]

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Fostering a Child’s Independence: Drawing the Line in the Sand

This blog posting may be one of the most important that I write. The subject is highly misunderstood and often gets parents and society at large in trouble. I will readily admit that this topic is controversial and may cause some readers to reread this article, wondering if Matt Barkdull has finally lost it (wouldn’t […]

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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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