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When Your Teen Won’t Confess

A dad told me the story the other day about his son’s unwillingness to admit he had a problem with pornography.  He had plenty of evidence that his son had a problem.  He had done so many good things by… Read More

What to Do when Consequences Aren’t Working

I remember an experiment my brother conducted when we were little kids. He had done something wrong and was going to be punished. He had the brilliant idea that he wouldn’t be punished if Mom couldn’t catch him. He… Read More

Keeping a Wolf at the Door

He had my attention.  He had just said the sort of phrase that makes me look for my pen and paper.  He had said “twenty years ago I was given the most valuable parenting advice I’ve ever heard.”… Read More

An Unhurried Life (Pt. 4): Being Efficient and Effective

This post was written by Jim Smith, a long time friend of Project Patch who worked as a therapist at our Youth Ranch and helped launch our Family Experience.  He no longer works at Project Patch but continues… Read More

An Unhurried Life (Pt. 3): Loving Instead of Hurrying

This post was written by Jim Smith, a long time friend of Project Patch who worked as a therapist at our Youth Ranch and helped launch our Family Experience.  He no longer works at Project Patch but continues… Read More

Asking Great Questions (Pt. 4)

by Chuck “Are we there yet?”  Every parent hates that question.  I have a feeling that some of you may be asking the same thing about this series on Asking Great Questions. So far we’ve look at asking… Read More

Asking Great Questions (Pt 3)

by Chuck Today we are going to focus on asking great questions to help us survive. The TV show “Survivor” has now completed 26 seasons.  That is a lot of surviving that those angry, backbiting, money-hungry, starving people… Read More

Parenting In the Unpredictable Years

I’m in Idaho at our youth ranch as I write this.  Spring in the mountains of Idaho is something to behold.  The temperature when I walked to breakfast was 27 degrees,and tonight it was close to 60 degrees… Read More

Six Step Apology (Pt 6)

by Chuck Wow, we are finally on step six!  Thanks for sticking with me as we went through the previous five steps which take us through both establishing responsibility for hurting someone and developing accountability to keep us… Read More

Six Step Apology (Pt 5)

by Chuck The first four steps of the Six Step Apology that I learned from Ford Taylor focus on establishing personal responsibility.  Each step moves you from a position of defensiveness to total personal accountability. Personal accountability is… Read More