parenting

peter pan at tuacahn

Stage Review: PETER PAN at Tuacahn

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic) It’s perhaps unfair to this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to compare it to the Disney version, which has had a lifetime to burrow its music into our collective minds. The songs here can’t compare to decades of nostalgia, but they’re fun and catchy nonetheless. The cast is superb. Em Grosland brings stunning energy to the role of P ...[Read More]

finding dory family movie review

FINDING DORY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S FINDING DORY ABOUT? Forgetful fish Dory travels with friends Marlin and Nemo to California in search of her long-lost parents. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Though lacking the novel originality of Finding Nemo, this is a worthy sequel that advances the story and grows the characters in satisfying ways. Thankfully, transitioning a supporting c ...[Read More]

abolitionists

These Real-Life Superheroes Rescue Child Slaves. You Can Help.

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE ABOLITIONISTS ABOUT? This documentary follows an undercover task force as they take down human traffickers and rescue child slavery victims.  (BUY IT HERE) IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Those who've seen Taken (the first one, not the rubbish sequels) have been introduced to the heartbreaking, seedy world of child trafficking, albeit throug ...[Read More]

amazing moms do

7 Things Amazing Moms Do

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) See also: 7 Things Amazing Dads Do In my observation as a counselor, the person who most influences an individual's life is generally their mother. For better or worse, many trace the foundation of their identities back to their relationship with their mom and what they learned from her. Such was definitely the case with me. My mother passed away in 200 ...[Read More]

gratitude

Is it Possible to Cure Entitlement in Your Family?

An attitude of gratitude will dispel the damaging sense of entitlement and replace it with appreciation.

4 Ways to Handle Your Spouse Changing from Jekyll to Hyde

4 Ways to Handle Your Spouse Changing from Jekyll to Hyde

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT We’ve all experienced it, the “Jekyll-and-Hyde Syndrome,” in which a normally decent partner, friend, or family member turns into an irrational dolt and/or grumpy monster. We feel frustrated when they won’t listen to reason, hurt when they lash out, and confused when they make choices we don’t agree with. In life and in my therapy practice, I’ve fo ...[Read More]

love

Do Your Relationships Need Less Conflict… Or More Love?

Many believe that their relationships need less fighting and withdrawing, but what they really need is more affection.

bullies

Are Your Kids Being Bullied? Teach Them This Trick

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT In the 2007 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, our hero finds himself in a confrontation with his parents' murderer, Voldemort, an evil wizard so terrifying that people dare not say his name. Harry has dreaded this moment, which is something his adversary takes full advantage of. Voldemort possesses Harry's body, tormenting his ...[Read More]

films for fathers day

Films for Fathers’ Day

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Happy Father's Day! Looking for a movie to celebrate with? Scroll on down for my suggestions. So make some wings and pizza, settle down on the couch with dad, and enjoy these touching tales of father-children relationships this week. Here are my favorite films for Father's Day. BACK TO THE FUTURE (buy or rent here) A teenager travels back in time ...[Read More]

dads

7 Things Amazing Dads Do

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT While some dads are deadbeats and some mothers truly do an amazing job raising kids on their own, the lasting effects of a great father cannot be underestimated. I should know, because my dad is amazing. I say this neither to boast nor to gush, but rather because, in both my personal and professional opinion, he's got this dad thing pretty much figured o ...[Read More]