Article Category: Parenting

Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

The Fountain Hill Center is pleased to welcome new counselors into our staff of therapists. This year, Blake Kooi, Ted Wohlford, Ben Burgess, and Lesley Menhart join us to continue The Fountain Hill Center tradition of providing a boutique of excellent counseling, therapeutic, and psychological… continue reading Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

Pull-ups Are Safe…Underwear Is Scary

I was recently in the think tank at my house. Some people in my family call this the shower but I prefer  think tank because it is the only place in my house between my two year old’s toddler superhero  orchestras, my four year old’s… continue reading Pull-ups Are Safe…Underwear Is Scary

Paradoxical Father’s Day Gift

“I am your father, and you are my teacher.”  These are words that I reflect upon once again around Father’s Day, words that remind me of a gift I have continued to learn about and receive regarding the role of being a dad. Of course,… continue reading Paradoxical Father’s Day Gift

Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?

Since the term parental alienation appeared, countless articles have described the phenomenon of battered women loosing custody of their children when their batterer defended with parental alienation.  Domestic violence advocates and some Family Court Councils state it is “junk science” and is a “cancer in… continue reading Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?

5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Teenagers fall in love, and they make love. They smoke pot and cigarettes. They drink alcohol. And most of this is behind their parents backs because they’ve been warned, “You better never…” When parents communicate with threats, the message translates to, “You better never get caught…” Let’s… continue reading 5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Children’s Feelings: Navigating Them with Acknowledgement and Choices

When I talk with children about their emotions, it is unanimous that children’s emotions are very similar to adults. They feel their emotions. They’re uncomfortable with sadness, anger, and fear – just like adults. But when they are given permission to move through emotions uniquely, and on… continue reading Children’s Feelings: Navigating Them with Acknowledgement and Choices

3 Step Parenting Myths

The day after the wedding of Jenny’s father and myself, I overheard her playmate ask, “Is she a wicked stepmother?” It then occurred to me that I may struggle in my new role – not only with being a stepparent, but also with Step Parenting… continue reading 3 Step Parenting Myths

More than ‘goosing’ reported at West Catholic High School-Psychologist: Behavior not ‘normal’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Grand Rapids Police Department report reveals new details into the investigation of inappropriate behavior on the West Catholic High School boys cross country team. The 16-page report outlines the interviews between police and the members of the team, as… continue reading More than ‘goosing’ reported at West Catholic High School-Psychologist: Behavior not ‘normal’

Violence: a Social Toxin

I’m concerned about how parents trivialize violent media. The proverbial argument that not all kids who play violent video games commit violent acts is a short-sighted rationalization for not limiting children’s exposure to violent media. Psychologist James Gabarino, Ph.D., discusses how violent media is a… continue reading Violence: a Social Toxin