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4 Fathering Tips for the School Year | Connecting with your Son | Orlando Family Counselor | Matthew Martin, M.S.

By |October 22nd, 2012|

Just like every school year, a new set of challenges is presented before him.  With these challenges comes both stress and excitement.  Do you remember your first day of class?  Maybe you were like me and unable to sleep.  The first day is usually fun, with everyone running on adrenaline from seeing good friends after

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Scrabble Tournament Cheating | Why Children Cheat | Orlando Family Therapist | 4 Tips for Parents

By |September 28th, 2012|

Scrabble Tournament Cheating | Why Children Cheat | Tips for Parents

When the NY Times ran the story about the 13-year-old Scrabble player cheated in the National Scrabble Championship, the nation immediately asked the question, “What would cause a child to cheat?” There suggestions that parents must have added an extreme amount of pressure. Others surmised

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Getting Help for Bullying | Orlando Bully Counselor | News 13 Jada Collins

By |September 13th, 2012|

How can parents help?

On January 14, 2010, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince walked home from school after being bullied in the hallways of “mean girls” at a Massachusetts high school. Her bullies were angry that she had begun dating one of their boyfriends. This account comes from the District Attorney that prosecuted the bullies.

“The investigation revealed relentless

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Mother Kills Daughter & Husband | Orlando Counselor | 16 Tips for Identifying Depression

By |September 4th, 2012|

Mother Kills Daughter & Husband | Depression and Despair | 16 Tips for Identifying Depression

Regina Johnson, 55, was accused of shooting her 14-year-old daughter and 56-year-old husband to death. Johnson allegedly sat in her San Carlos condominium for three days with the bodies before calling her relatives to report the shootings.

Johnson joins the many mothers

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The Dad Effect on Teen Self Esteem | Penn State Study | Orlando Family Counselor Jim West

By |August 30th, 2012|

“I don’t understand why my daughter is so depressed?

“Why is my son hanging out with negative influences?”

“Why does my daughter date idiots?”

“Why does my son have such low self esteem?”

If you hear yourself or other parents asking these questions it might be the “dad effect!”

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Orlando Grief Counseling Tips & 5 Stages of Grief | Sage & Sylvester Stallone’s Loss

By |July 25th, 2012|

The death of Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage has devastated family, friends and fans. A young man with a promising life ahead, Sage passed Friday July 13th at the age of 36. The cause of death is unknown, making it harder for those grieving for him to cope with the situation. Disbelief, astonishment, and anger are