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Police Officers, Children And Community Support

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The host of the Woodbury Report K4HD.com radio show invited Jermaine Galloway, an Idaho police officer, to talk about the theme of the show, entitled “Cops, Kids and Community.”

Lon Woodbury is an Independent Educational Consultant who has worked with families and struggling teens since 1984. He is the founder of Struggling Teens, Inc., the publisher of Woodbury Reports, and an author on a wide number of books about parenting at risk-teens.

Guest Profile

Jermaine Galloway has served as an Idaho police officer for many years, starting in 1997. He has over a decade of experience working with drug and alcohol issues, including with underage substance abusers. As a peace officer, he has worked in numerous different assignments from criminal investigation to field training. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, earning a bachelor’s degree there, he now serves as a Northwest Nazarene University adjunct instructor.

Struggling Teens Receive Help From Cops, Kids, and Community

The guest started the interview by pointing out that drug abuse among young people posed a new, different, and difficult problem. “Drug potency is different from when we were young and experimenting with marijuana,” he said, “The potency is more than anything we have ever seen before.”

The guest told Lon Woodbury that the advice he often gave to parents who asked him for help was to realize that there was a difference in drug usage, ranging from experimental to addiction, and that kids being kids were curious. Many kids, too, were doing really well for their age.

He strongly encouraged parents to practice the art of listening and discernment before leaping to conclusions about the reasons for their child’s unusual behavior. “Ask questions but don’t lead the talk, let them do the talking. It could be nothing more than stress, or a break up in a relationship or working hard to raise their grades.”

The guest will often use theatrical props in his presentation to parents. He will recreate a teenager’s bedroom, using the furniture, pop culture posters, and messiness associated with this type of room. Parents are then educated about cryptic symbols in clothes, learn about what kind of music encourages drug use, and learn some favorite places where teens might hide their drugs.

What can parents do to help their struggling teens? The guest suggested ways that parents could safeguard their children from negative peer groups and suggested community support programs that will help raise their child’s awareness about dangerous social trends among young people.

Lon Woodbury, the founder of Struggling Teens, has recorded the entire interview on his weekly Woodbury Reports radio show for people to at their convenience.

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5 Essential Issues To Discuss With Your Teen And Tween

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Lon Woodbury, the radio talk show host on Parent Choices for Struggling Teens, which is hosted on LA Talk Radio, spoke to Jay Fitter, MFT. The guest was on the show to discuss the 5 essential issues to discuss with your teen and tween. He is the author of Respect Your Children: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting.

As an Independent Educational Consultant, Lon Woodbury has worked with families and their struggling adolescents since 1984. He has founded Struggling Teens, Inc. and publishes Woodbury Reports.

Jay Fritter

A Marriage and Family Therapist, Jay Fitter has more than 20 years experience as a therapist and workshop leader for parents. His latest book, called Respect Your Children: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting, is a guide to parents who find it difficult to talk to their children in an effective way. It suggests that parents talk and listen to their children without a sense of obligation or resentment, just with love.

An Interview On The 5 Essential Issues To Discuss With Your Teen And Tween

Jay believes that parents could support their kids by openly discussing clothing trends, academics, dating, peer pressure, and rules and expectations. In today’s unpredictable society, parents can’t afford to be oblivious about what is happening in their children’s lives. They need to understand that High School is a spectrum of society as a whole. Who their children associate with will determine their career and life choices. Children react differently than adults, and Jay discussed incidents of children who had committed suicide over a broken relationship or because of cyberbullying.

It was necessary for parents to have open discussions with their children throughout their young years. It was often too late to develop rapport when there was a crisis. Consequently, it was up to parents to talk and listen to their children before dangerous clues showed up.

Jay listed some of the things that parents needed to get good at: setting clear boundaries, showing consistent caring behavior, and practicing patience over their children’s changing behavior and attitudes. They also needed to make a distinction between discipline and punishment. Discipline required careful thought, while punishment was merely reactive and a way to vent frustration.

The interview covered a number of other themes that parents needed to learn to cope with like breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfrend, fighting peer pressure, and consistent and realistic communication of rules and behavior. All these topics and other are covered in Jay’s book, Respect Your Children: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting. It is indeed a practical guide to getting along with your children and helping them through their tween and teen years.

Discover more about the problems faced by Struggling Teens. Lon Woodbury records the entire interview on his L.A. Talk Radio show for people to listen to at any time.

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Combating Shame In Young People

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Mike Gurr, Clinical Director of Sedona Sky Academy, spoke to Lon Woodbury, the host of Parent Choices for Struggling Teens on L.A. Talk Radio, about the topic of combating shame. Lon Woodbury is an Independent Educational Consultant, a prolific Amazon Kindle author, and the publisher of the industry-recognized Woodbury Reports. He has worked with families and struggling teens since 1984.

A Brief Bio on Mike Gurr

Mike Gurr, MS, MA, LPC, is the Clinical Director of Sedona Sky Academy in Rim Rock Arizona, a therapeutic boarding school for girls. Mike received his Master of Science from the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science. After working with various high school and college teams and coaching staffs, he completed another Master’s degree from Argosy University in Professional Counseling.

How Combating Shame Restores Psychological Well-being

Combating shame, Mike contended, is the best way to help adolescents restore emotional well-being.

Shame, said Mike, is a result of two primary fears. The first is that I am not good enough. The second is questioning self-worth. Behind both fears is the belief if that others really knew us, they would not like us. This is what keeps the cycle of shame going.

Shame keeps people small and prevents them from being authentic. It arises from the absence of a sense of belonging. In fact, in extreme cases, people may even believe they are not relevant enough. Ironically, shame is not immediately obvious because people often put up a wall of silence or aggression to hide it. It is correlated with numerous psychological disorders and closely linked to low self-esteem.

Our achievement based society actively promotes shame, and, in fact, it is considered an essential part of parenting, teaching, and acculturation. However, it results in a person playing the victim, blaming others, feeling apathetic, and assuming an attitude of entitlement.

Mike said that the based way to combat shame is to create shame-resilience. This consisted of recognizing shame triggers; practicing critical awareness about shame-provoking messages; identifying people and environments that triggered shame; and speaking through the feeling of shame. Other ways of dissipating shame included increasing self-awareness, showing up, being seen, and being vulnerable. Letting go of what other people thought about them allowed a person to experience an expansion of creativity, love, and joy.

In closing, Mike shared the process he uses for combating shame at Sedona Sky Academy and gave real-life examples of how he empowered students to quit numbing out and allow themselves to become more vulnerable and authentic.

Find out more about Struggling Teens. Lon Woodbury has the recorded the entire interview on his L.A. Talk Radio show for people to listen to at any time.

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Revolutionize Your Child’s Life

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Personal development coach, author, and entrepreneur Peggy Caruso was interviewed about her new book, entitled “Revolutionize Your Child’s Life,” by Lon Woodbury on “Parent Choices for Struggling Teens,” a weekly broadcast hosted on LA Talk Radio.

An Independent Educational Consultant, Lon Woodbury has worked with families in crisis over their struggling adolescent since 1984. He heads Struggling Teens, Inc, and publishes the industry-known publication, Woodbury Reports. In addition, he is a famous Kindle author on therapeutic choices for teens.

A Brief Bio of Peggy Caruso

Peggy Caruso has many remarkable qualifications. She has been certified as an executive and personal development coach. She has been certified in NLP as a master practitioner. And she is recognized as an Advanced hypnotherapist. In all, she has pursued an entrepreneurial path for 22 years. Currently, she works as a parenting coach, teaching parents how to talk to their children. She released her new book, “Revolutionize Your Child’s Life,” on August 4th, 2014.

How to Revolutionize Your Child’s Life

Peggy Caruso believes that child-raising has changed over time. The standards parents grew up with no longer apply. The new generation of children see things differently. They are much more cautious and cynical about life. She illustrated this point-of-view by describing an experiment she casually conducts when children come to her office for counseling. On her desk is a bottle of water. Only one child said it was half-full. All the rest considered it half-empty.

The guest said that there are three stages that children go through as they grow up. First, from birth to 7 years, is the imprinting period. At this time, they absorb everything around them without any filters. Second, from 7 to 14 years, is the modeling period. At this time, they imitate everyone around them, trying on new roles. Third, from 14 to 21 years, is the socialization period. At this time, they settle on a fixed identity.

According to Peggy Caruso, parents had three shots at making a huge difference in their children’s thinking. These breaks occurred during the three critical development phases of growing up. Each phase offered a new opportunity for parents to mold their children’s minds in a positive way. If parents did not take full advantage of these opportunities, their children would be influenced by their negative environment and become cynical and pessimistic, which was the root cause of most self-destructive behavior.

In summary, then, parents can benefit enormously by reading Peggy’s latest book, “Revolutionize Your Child’s Life.” They could learn how to positively impact their children at each crucial child development stage.

Discover more about the problems faced by Struggling Teens. Lon Woodbury records the entire interview on his LA Talk Radio show for people to listen to at any time.

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A Unique Approach To Defying Dyslexia

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Lon Woodbury, the host of Parent Choices for Struggling Teens, a weekly radio show hosted on LA Talk Radio, interviewed Barbara Dianis. She is the Chief Executive of Dianis Educational Systems. The interview discussed her own experiences in defying dyslexia and how she is teaching others to do the same.

Lon Woodbury is an Independent Educational Consultant. He has been working with families in crisis since 1984. Today, he publishes Woodbury Reports and runs Struggling Teens, Inc. He is also an author of Kindle books about struggling adolescents.

A Brief Bio of Barbara Dianis

Barbara Dianis, MAED, is the Chief Executive Officer of Dianis Educational Systems, LLC. She is an Educational Specialist, Academic Coach, ADD/ADHD Academic Coach, Parent Coach, author, and public speaker in Dallas, Texas.

Barbara has been assisting parents for 21 years. She has taught hundreds of students with learning difficulties, developed learning systems for schools to help with developmental challenges, and authored two amazing books on her specialty–“Grade Transformer for the Modern Student” and “Don’t Count Me Out.”

How to Go About Defying Dyslexia

The interview began with a comprehensive description of what dyslexia is. It is a disorder in which a person sees the order of numbers or letters in reverse order.

Barbara evolved her teaching experience from her own difficulties as a youngster. She had dyslexia as a child and was told that she would not go to college. Refusing to give up, she taught herself to correct her errors. Over time, she stopped making mistakes, her dyslexia almost completely gone.

Barbara’s family were educators. Consequently, she dreamed of going to college, too. Her grit and determination not only got her into college, but it also helped her excel there.

When asked by Lon how prevalent dyslexia was she said that it was more prominent than most people assumed. In fact, she said that about 10-15% of the population has it. However, it is not always diagnosed early as younger children often cover it up with strong compensatory skills.

In many instance, it is only when dyslexic students get to high school is their learning disorder diagnosed. School now becomes difficult for them. They can’t comprehend what is going on because they lack focus.

Developing strong self-esteem and building motivation is a strong way to begin defying dyslexia.

Barbara is a keen advocate of the benefits of self-talk. She teaches her students to say things like “learning is neat,” and “school is fun.” This builds in a belief that they will be able to get good grades and do well in school.

As a teacher, Barbara focuses on helping students understand what they are strong in and what they are weak in when it comes to academics. Much of her teaching stems from her own experience as a child when she had dyslexia. She knows that students who work hard have a good chance of doing well academically.

When it comes to defying dyslexia, it is something that any student who is motivated enough can do.

Find out more about Struggling Teens. Lon Woodbury has the recorded the entire interview on his L.A. Talk Radio show for people to listen to at any time.

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