Tom Russell - Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries
Every Thursday during the 8 o'clock and 9 o'clock hour, WVMC General Manager Scott Saunders and Tom Russell from Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries sit down and talk about issues facing the family.
Topic for April 17, 23 & 30: Creating Family Memories
Our verse was Eph. 6:4: And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (NKJ)
We don't have an outline for you, just memories from Tom's grown children about their favorite memories growing up, including:
When the kids weren't getting along, they were put in a room and instructed to work together to come up a family night activity.
Tom's driver's training program. It seemed to work well unless you wound up at an intersection in Lexington. Green doesn't always mean "Go"!
The dining room table was family bonding time. Mandy remembers "laughter".
Lesson learned...use the restroom BEFORE climbing Pikes peak.
Scott and Tom will get explanations to these situations and more Thursday mornings starting about 8:20. The key is that families can create memories of fun and laughter. Those memories become a building block for how your kids relate to others, including their spouse.
Topic for March 13: What's a session like at Heritage Christian Counseling?
Heritage Christian Counseling has been described as a "homey, family" place. You might even be greeted by Mazlo, Tom and Cathy's golden retriever!
The first thing that happens at Heritage is that you are acknowleged as a person. You are safe there. There is the "Official Intake" - it's a collection of information to help Tom with the diagnostic process.
Then there is the "In Session Intake", where 3 similar questions are asked and answered:
- What brings you to the counseling process?
- If this process works, how will we know?
- For the season we are together, what goals should we have?
If you are a parent bringing your child to Heritage, you will be involved at least through the "In Session Intake". Future sessions may include only your child, to allow Tom time for diagnosis and therapy.
When it comes to marital counseling (Tom's favorite subject), he starts with 2 questions:
- How long have you been married?
- When was the last time you went on a date?
Marraiges, just like people, have a "cycle of life". Tom will endevour to find out where you are, and how you both can move on together.
To find out more about Heritage Christian Counseling, Click Here.
Topic for March 20th: The Foster Report, A Snapshot of Our Culture.
Thirty-nine percent of 18 to 33 year olds in the U.S. say their stress has increased in the past year, and 52% say stress has kept them awake at night in the past month. More than any other age group, they report being told by a healthcare provider they either have depression or an anxiety disorder, finds a new Harris Interative study. Top stress sources for Millennials include work (76%), money (73%), relationships (59%), family respnsibilitie (56%) and the economy (55%). (USA Toda 2/7/13)
Since 1970, the average age for first childbirth among American women has gone up from age 21.5 to 25.4. The average age for first-time fatherhood is now 28. A child born to a mother in her 40s is 15-20 times more likely to suffer a chromosomal abnormality than one born to a mother in her 20s. Men over 50 are three times more likely than men under 25 to father a schizophrenic child. (LifeSite News 1/25/2013)
Topic for March 27th: The Foster Report
The Average Office Worker...
spends 650 hours a year reading and writing 41,400 words worth of emails, equivalent to a 166-page novel.
More Single-Parent Families
The percentage of two-parent families has dropped over the past decade in the U.S., while the number of children living in single-parent homes has nearly doubled since 1960, according to a Washington Times analysis of census data. Today, one-third of American children (15 million) are being raised without a father. Nearly five million more live without a mother. A growing number of studies link absent fathers with higher rates of juvenile delinquency, while kids whose fathers were active parents in early and middle childhood had fewer behavior problems and higher intellectual abilities as they grew older.
Fewer young men in the U.S. want to get married than ever, while the desire is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center. The number of women 18-34 who say having a successful marriage is one of the most important things to them rose from 28% to 37% since 1997. The number of young adult men saying the same thing dropped from 35% to 29%.