Category Archives: Academic Issues

Yep, I was only 17

At about 12:10 a.m. on April 21, 1985, I got in the car with my main mate TS.  We’d been drinking and I was a passenger in his 1985 Accord Coupe.  When I woke-up in the hospital 9 days later, I learned we’d wrapped around a telephone pole and I’d had three seizures and been…

Tips for Tough Talks with Your Teen

First, a reminder. My 10-week men’s counseling group began this past Monday. In the last week, two men realized that their professional conflicts make it impossible to attend the group and asked to delay until the next group. As a result,  I’m opening the group back-up for two men would like to explore with other…

Mutiny on the Classroom Rug: A Lesson from a Teacher on Anger Management

First, a reminder.  The start date of my 10-week men’s counseling group was moved back to next Monday, September 19th.  The group is from 715-830.  I have one spot left.  If you’re interested, please let me know. ______________________________________________________________________________ My first real job was as an 8th teacher. And Mr. E was the cool teacher! I…

He does, she does, everyone PROCRASTINATES!!!

I’m doing it as I write.  I should be doing things that are more important than this.  Yet, here I am writing my blog.  I believe I’m procrastinating.  I think everyone procrastinates.  And since it’s the beginning of the school year, I figured it’s time to revisit why our kids do it. About 95% of…

NO REGRETS!!!

Open your mind’s eye for a second and flash to a bunch of dudes.  Voices rising, they pound their chests and yell, “No Regrets!!!”  You try to ignore them, but secretly you roll your eyes and scoff at them. And yet today, I’m feeling them.  KD starts school tomorrow, and he has been acting out…

And you thought I was just obnoxious

A few years ago I worked with a 9th grade boy who, quite frankly, pushed my buttons. He was rude and offensive, and I really didn’t know if I could help him. Unfortunately, I think my feelings showed through, and it wasn’t long before he refused to see me. His parents then sent him to…

I may sob, but I really don’t care!

The following is a two-part series on how families can prepare when their oldest child leaves for college.  The first is help for parents to adjust and cope.  The second focuses on helping younger siblings cope.  I hope you enjoy and share it with those who could benefit. __________________________________________________________________________________ When I started college my parents…

Heads-up, 7-up, or a table for one?

Life is filled with trauma.  Every day, hard stuff happens, and we struggle to cope. I initially posted this right after my son started kindergarten.  Today, he finished first grade, a point we never thought he’d reach.  Unfortunately, the effects of the trauma it caused continue on.  A number of important people in my life…

Checkmate-River City Counseling

In my fifteen years teaching and counseling in elementary schools, I interacted with a couple thousand parents, with all sorts of positive and negative characteristics. At the end of the day, one of my least favorite is the “my kid can do no wrong” kind of parent. And if he does, it’s clearly due to…

Mom, help!!! My cap and gown don’t fit

Teens do great stuff to help themselves and the world: volunteer work, student government, sports, etc.  It’s fabulous, but I get anxious hearing about it and wondering how they have time to breathe and actually think and have a quiet moment.  This article gives a fabulous look at all that teens do and the negative…