Active Listening: School Violence Series Part 3

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Imagine you are struggling to connect with others.  Think about what you feel. Are you lonely, sad, misunderstood, angry, anxious, or depressed?  These are the feelings many who commit school violence are experiencing that cause them to lash out in harmful ways.  Now think about what others could do to help connect with you during […]

Empathy: School Violence Series Part 2

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Empathy is a concept easily talked about but much less easily understood.  Furthermore, the application of true empathy can be immensely challenging. The basic definition of empathy is the attempt of imagining or trying to share the feelings of another.  Empathy is also often confused with sympathy. Sympathy incorporates feelings of sadness or sorrow for […]

Diversity

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”— Martin Luther King, Jr. on diversity Connecting with others When is the last time you invited friends to your home who’s culture, lifestyle, skin color, or belief system differed largely […]

Financial Literacy 101: Money and Graduation

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What We Don’t Know About Money Can Hurt Us Congratulations! You or your son or daughter will soon be graduating from high school or college. What a great milestone in the life of a young adult. The world is opening up and there are so many opportunities. Guess what? This is also a time many […]

FAQs About Christian Evidence Based Counseling at Acorn

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Considering Acorn Counseling?  Here are common questions about counseling and christian evidence based counseling. Are you guys Christian? Our entire staff believe that Jesus is the Son of God described in the Bible, born of Mary, a virgin, fully God and fully Man.  We believe salvation is through faith alone. The Bible is the Word […]

Living Tenaciously

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A man had a tenacious dream to open his own restaurant in New Orleans but real estate was pricey.  A few years ago, he made it to the show “Chopped”.  He planned to use the winnings as a downpayment for his dream.  He made it to the final round but cut his finger so badly […]

Screen Time: What We Know And What To Do About It

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Sometimes as a professional, I get to attend a training that change my thoughts on parenting. I had one such shift last Friday, listening to Dr. Lisa Elliot speak at the WATCH Wellness Workshop. She was presenting on social media and video games and their effect on our brains. Like all of us, I knew […]

Sports: Prime time or Overtime

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Youth Sports. There is nothing that brings joy to a parent’s heart quite like seeing their little ballerina dancing across a stage in full (and most darling!) costume or watching their soccer player, all knees and elbows, running wildly across the field after scoring a goal.   Sports are commonly encouraged in children to help […]