Respecting Agency in Parenting

I love the following from Chieko N. Okazaki.  What wise wisdom from one of our endeared leaders: Perhaps because I was a teacher, I knew that children had their own individuality. Whenever I saw a parent trying too hard to make one child fit the family mold, I flinched a little. I knew there would [Read More...]

Mixed-Faith Workshop

I am looking into the possibility of hosting a full-day workshop (9am to 5 or 6 pm) for Mormon mixed-faith couples in the Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah area on December 27, 2014. I will be in town visiting family and I thought others might also be in Utah for the holidays who normally are [Read More...]

How do I teach my kids about pornography?

How do you teach your kids about the bad that pornography can do but not teach them they will spiritually die if they look at it?  In other words, teach the dangers without over exaggerating them?   This is a great question.  Especially since the trend I have seen within our culture is that the [Read More...]

Differentiate: not Excommunicate!!

Today I received the news that both a brother and sister of my church community are being threatened with the process of excommunication.  The reason stated: apostasy. Attempting to put aside my own personal feelings of sadness, confusion and distress, I would like to address this issue from the lens of family systems.  After all, [Read More...]

My toddler is touching his rectum. Is this normal?

I found your blog and hoped to have you ease my mind. My son is struggling in day care and screams historically.  I hate that he is even in daycare so this is hard for me to begin with. But now he has started steering his finger into his rectum every time I take his [Read More...]

New Podcasts

Please check out the latest podcasts over at Mormon Mental Health which share some extremely important messages and have guests who were willing to speak to our LDS community from some really important organizations. SAMHSA on Mormon Mental Health : Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Administrator Pam Hyde, J.D. from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services [Read More...]

Advocating for Your Gay Mormon Family Member

I recently had the opportunity to interview Wendy and Tom Montgomery and their two children, Jordan (15) and Susannah (14).  They are devout Mormons from California who have five children in total.  They were part of the movement of many LDS members who pounded on doors in 2008 to support the passage of Proposition 8, the [Read More...]

Mother’s Day and Family Relationships

Wherever there is the potential for joy, therein also lies the potential for pain.  And so here we are on the eve of yet another mother’s day.  After working with so many women (and men) over so many years – I have come to understand this is a complicated day.  After all, we are women [Read More...]

Part of Panel on Mormon Matters re Virtue

I was recently involved on a panel discussion over at Mormon Matters regarding “virtue.”  Here is the description from Dan Wotherspoon: So often in Mormon discourse, the term “virtue” is treated almost exclusively as relating to sexual purity, chastity, and virginity, completely missing its much broader and wonderfully expansive meanings. Similarly, most talk about “morality,” [Read More...]

Postpartum Depression Podcast

I interview “Sarah,” an LDS mother of four who has a history of depression starting in adolescence followed by a serious bout of postpartum depression after the birth of her second child.  She also interviews Jamie Bodily, mother of five and certified doula through toLABOR regarding her experience and knowledge regarding postpartum depression.  Jamie has [Read More...]


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