12 Tips for Parenting Your Teenager

12 tips for parenting teenager - no title picby Janet Kontz, MA, LPC
My teenager just doesn’t listen to me! They’re always on their phone, texting or playing games. They sleep all the time. They never want to talk to me, and when they do, it’s so sarcastic! Help!

Does this sound familiar? We often hear from parents of teenagers that they find it difficult to connect with their kids when they reach the adolescent stage of life. Many parents feel that this is the most daunting time to be a parent. Helping your…

Adolescent Girls: The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood

By Megan Jung, MA, LPC

*note: this article has been edited for readability, for the original, scholarly article, click here: Jung Aug 2015 Original Article – Adolescent Girls

“Olivia, get the lead out of your pants and get a purpose,” Granny often barked at her sixteen year-old granddaughter. My friend and I laughed about her grandmother’s nerve and willingness to say what many others would not. Adolescent girls are dramatic and numb, tragic and over-simplifiers,…

Bridge to Wholeness | Volume 2 Issue 5 May 2015

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Welcome to the May 2015 Issue of the Agape newsletter, Bridge to Wholeness!

Our monthly newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with what is going on around Agape, with events and updates, and articles written by our counselors. We hope it will help bring you a little bit closer to emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness!

In this issue (click to read individual articles):

  • Loving Young Adults Through Transition by Elizabeth Nimmo, MA, LPC
  • Ch Ch Ch Changes by Darrell Provinse,
  • Loving Young Adults Through Transition

    By Elizabeth Nimmo, MA, LPC

    The days are getting longer. I’ve opened my windows and planted flowers and herbs. My neighborhood is active with families and children enjoying the spring air and I have already heard the bell for the ice cream truck. Spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner. It’s a beautiful and exciting season in the Midwest! While this season marks the beginning of many wonderful activities and events, it also marks the beginning of transition…

    Raising Teenagers with Good Values

    By John A. Leber Jr. MA, PLPC

    Having worked in education for over  six years as a counselor, teacher, and coach, I’ve found one  troubling question that keeps presenting itself: Who is raising our teenagers and from where do they get their values and sense of worth?  The obvious answer would be that their parents are raising them and are instilling the appropriate values and beliefs.  Unfortunately, we need to question this belief and realize that our teenagers are…

    Bridge to Wholeness: Volume 1 Issue 4 November 2014

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    Welcome to the November 2014 Issue of the Agape newsletter, Bridge to Wholeness!

    Our monthly newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with what is going on around Agape, with events and updates, and articles written by our counselors. We hope it will help bring you a little bit closer to emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness!

    In this issue (click to read individual articles):

  • Raising Teenagers with Good Values by John Leber, Jr., MA, PLPC
  • Lose and Win at the Same