1. The Good Parent

    Summer break has been going for a bit now and I have suffered some parental growing pains as my teenagers have stretched their wings of independence just a bit more. The summer began with me feeling excited that my children would get some rest from such a busy school year. I had ideas of all of the fun they would have and the things we would also do as a family. It all looked so beautiful in my he…Read More

  2. Boundaries

    Boundaries are drawn all around us.  Physical boundaries are drawn for us: earth’s atmosphere, shorelines, national borders, state and county lines, city limits, property lines.  Regulated by government and mapped out in detail, they show the extent of ownership and who’s responsible for maintaining that which is owned. However, in relationships, we share the task of…Read More

  3. Bree Emery Shares How She Empowers Women To Find Their Inner Strength

    As many of you know, or can learn from reading my bio. on our website, I work with girls and women.  Because of the population I serve at Emery Counseling, there are certain topics with which I have become intimately aware.  Additionally, I am a woman myself.  I am friends with women.  I have a daughter.  I came from a woman.  I came from another woman’s body.  This sacred act of birt…Read More

  4. Reacting to the “Button Pusher”

    Back in the day, people used to write letters to each other. It would take 2-3 days or even a week before the message arrived. Knowing the time lapse that took place, I would imagine people might have taken a few moments to pen their thoughts. This would be especially true if they were angry about something. The point is, I'm thinking there was probably more thought into the letters. In the age of…Read More

  5. How To Connect With Your Teenager

    Waiting in a pickup line outside the school, I admired the sunset-tinted clouds and watched students emerging from the high school.  Noticing movement in my rearview mirror, I glanced up to see a woman pull to a stop behind me.  She hurriedly reached for one of the piles of paperstacked on her dash and began to sort.  Her son must have been watching for her, because he climbed i…Read More

  6. Self Harm – Help For The Parents

    Finding out your child/teen is engaging in self-harming behaviors can throw any parent into a whirlwind of emotions- fear, anger, sadness, and confusion (just to name a few).  Understanding why your child would harm their body can be very difficult.   I intend to shed a little light on the why here, but I, primarily, would like to give some feedback on how you, as the parent of someone w…Read More

  7. The Best Parenting Advice I Can Give

    It wasn’t the first party I had been to. In fact, I had been to lots of parties before this one. But this is the first one I drank at. It had all the necessary ingredients for youthful adventure and stupidity: Lots of unsupervised teenagers, miles of forest, a bond fire, bb guns, and of course a keg. This was the last day of school for the year and the celebration was a classic campout party i…Read More

  8. Your best Marriage

    Valentines Day has come and gone. Perhaps you had a wonderful hallmark-level evening filled with rose petals and chocolate, or perhaps yours reflected a bit more reality that may have included sick kids, busy work schedules, sports practices and total exhaustion. Maybe you think it’s just a silly holiday and you spend everyday making sure your valentine is fully appreciated or something like tha…Read More

  9. STATUS OF MEN TODAY

    I recently had the privilege of addressing a group of 40 men at a men’s retreat at which I was asked to speak on the subject of “Brotherhood”. If you are a man, married to a man, or connected to a man in your world, this might be of interest. One of my favorite things to do is to observe people: (men in particular) In malls, at restaurants, at church, with their families and in my office as …Read More

  10. The Dance of the Family Members – Do you know the steps?

    Family culture is an interesting dance. It is one we usually do not realize we are participating in. We have learned the steps over many years and our family can usually be in sync. When additions to the family come, the routine is disrupted and can cause some friction. In Zig Ziglar’s ham story, he describes how the bride in a newly married couple cut off the end of the ham before baking it. He…Read More