Parenting Archives - Christian Family Solutions


Our counseling services are provided in person to individuals and families in our outpatient clinics and day treatment facilities, and are available via secure video to individuals and organizations worldwide. These posts are about parenting in this modern world.

March 15, 2023

“I’m so stressed out! How can I manage it?” Helping teens work through stress

By Kara Witthuhn School-Based Counselor “I’m so stressed out! How can I manage it?” When we talk about stress, we often refer to it as negative. […]
March 15, 2023

What if I can’t? 5 steps for teens to feel their most confident under pressure

By Mary Gonring, MEd, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Christian Family Solutions It is the night before an important test. Or the moment before stepping on stage […]
March 1, 2023

How do I know if a relationship is healthy or unhealthy?

By Kara Witthuhn School-Based Counselor How do I know if a relationship is healthy or unhealthy? Great question, because how you navigate romantic relationships early in […]
February 28, 2023

Ten strategies to reduce arguing with your child

By Jane Mose, MA, CFS Family Peer Specialist Earlier in this series, we looked at reasons children might argue with their parents frequently—particularly children who have […]
February 28, 2023

Parenting an argumentative child

By Jane Mose, MA, CFS Family Peer Specialist Imagine this scenario: Your son has a project to do for an upcoming science fair. Yesterday he asked […]
February 28, 2023

Peer Specialists: For When Parents Feel Isolated

By Jane Mose, MA, CFS Family Peer Specialist “I can do this!” That’s what I told myself when I was expecting my first child. My husband […]
February 28, 2023

Peer Specialists: A unique source of support for parents

By Jane Mose, MA, CFS Family Peer Specialist Children are an extraordinary blessing. Children who have extraordinary needs bring extra blessings along with extra challenges in […]
January 31, 2023

Postpartum reflections of a struggling, surviving, and saved mother

By Julie Straseske, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor and Educational Presenter This article first appeared on the WELS|ELS Christian Therapist Network website and is shared here with […]
March 3, 2022

Helping Children with Anxiety

We hear the word “anxiety” a lot these days. Anxiety is a normal and healthy God-given response to dangerous situations. It is protective and keeps us […]
January 6, 2022

How to know when your teen needs help

By Katelyn Bolte, LPCC Since the pandemic, distance learning, isolation, economic instability, fear, and increased deaths, have led to unprecedented levels of depression, anxiety, and trauma […]
January 4, 2022

Does video counseling actually work?

By Drew Dyrssen It’s 2022 and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives. Many continue to face restrictions, transitions, and health conditions, which have […]
December 20, 2021

Home for the Holidays: Practical Advice for Connecting with Your Children

By Katelyn Bolte, LPCC Child and Adolescent Services Program Manager 2021 – A year of more uncertainty and protocols. For some of us, the Christmas season […]
August 31, 2021

Serving Families in Crisis: Understanding What Is Needed in Light of the ‘One Thing Needed’

This article first appeared in Issues on Lutheran Education, a resource provided by the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education for Martin Luther College, New Ulm MN. By […]
January 25, 2021

My Experience: The Impact of COVID-19 for College Students

College students face many stressors from day to day. I should know. I am one. From classes to social life to money, college is by no […]
January 13, 2021

A checklist for parents: What to ask when seeking a provider

In a recent blog post, we shared information to help parents know when they should seek help for their struggling teen. If you’ve decided that it’s […]
December 9, 2020

How Educators Can Help Children Build Resilience

By Dr. Ashley Schoof This article first appeared in Issues on Lutheran Education, a resource provided by the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education for […]
May 4, 2020

Strategies for managing distance learning

By Emily Carlberg Over the past few weeks, we have heard from many of you how stressful managing school with your child has been. We wanted […]
April 9, 2020

5 Reminders in Dealing with Disappointment and Loss

By Julie Robles “It’s not fair!” This statement always makes me think of a certain Calvin & Hobbes cartoon. Calvin asks his parents why he can’t […]