Series – Talking to Your Youth (Part 4)

Insight 3. Encourage Critical Thinking No matter how long you have had children, or no matter how long you have worked with youth, one thing is absolutely clear: We are not with these youth 24/7! We are not there for every waking hour. We are not there for every life event. We are not there […]

The Positives of Being Single

For many young adults, being in a relationship can be a fun aspect to their lives. It’s considered exciting and thrilling at times, but not always exactly how it was planned to be in the first place. Many teenage relationships spiral into complications, potentially winding through the cycle of abuse. It kills me to see […]

Series – Talking to Your Youth (Part 3)

Insight 2. Be Non-Judgmental Have you ever looked back on your life and said to yourself, “Wow, I definitely should have made a different choice”? I like to think we’ve all been there. Some call it regret, others don’t. Whatever it is that we call it, we are reflecting back on our past choices and […]

Endless Love – A Movie Critique

Movies – they’re everywhere. On TV, Netflix, Hulu, and of course, in theaters. During any holiday season, the amount of movies that come into theaters doubles. We all know that most of the romantic movies come out around or on Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the entire year. Couples, groups, and singles will […]

Series – Talking to Your Youth (Part 2)

Insight 1. Seek Understanding – Question, Listen, and Challenge When we attempt to understand the world strictly from our point of view, we can miss all of the other reasons why people act the way they act. So when we see our youth behaving in ways that confuse us, we must seek understanding, and in […]

Series – Talking to Your Youth (Part 1)

I’m not a parent, but I have had “kids” for many years. Over the past ten years that I’ve been a mentor, it’s never easy to hear my students say that they are in an unhealthy relationship. But no matter how difficult it is to hear, it’s so much more important to talk about–and also […]

You’re Pushing My Boundaries…

Could you imagine a city without stop signs or stop lights? Could you imagine a freeway with no speed limit signs or barricades to separate the two directions of traffic? Ok, even I think the mental image is pretty interesting and possibly hilarious. But I must admit, in reality it would be a very scary […]

“Blurred Lines”? More Like Date Rape.

Robin Thicke’s, “Blurred Lines” was one of the summer’s most popular songs and it was blasting from every radio station in every car you set foot into. What people didn’t notice was what was behind the catchy beat was subtle hints of coercion and manipulation into non-consensual sexual acts. The song, which is cleverly titled, […]