PCL 35: Are Your Kids on Track?


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Family counselors David Thomas and Sissy Goff unpack a few ideas in their latest book Are My Kids On Track about how parents can help their kids reach emotional, social, and spiritual milestones through careful guidance. Addressing the differences between boys and girls, they discuss how parents can help kids develop into resilient and resourceful adults, and become comfortable in the process of growth.

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Have a conversation with your kids this week and help them name and rate their emotions on a scale from 1 to 10. Depending on what emotions they battle the most, ask what would make them feel angry, anxious, or sad at the highest level 10.



Help your kids develop an emotional vocabulary. Help them find words to define how they feel.
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The goal in parenting isn’t perfection, it’s progress.
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Boundaries create security for kids. They make them feel safer.
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We’re so busy being our kids’ resources they don’t develop resourcefulness.
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Sissy Goff


Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP spends most of her days talking with girls and their families, with the help of her counseling assistant/pet therapist, Lucy the Havanese. She has worked as the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee since 1993, with a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Sissy is the author of eight books including her newest book, Are My Kids on Track?, as well as Raising Girls. Read more from Sissy at www.raisingboysandgirls.com.

David Thomas


David Thomas, L.M.S.W., is the Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, TN, the co-author of six books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys and Intentional Parenting and a regular contributor to ParentLife magazine. He and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, and three Wild Things (twin sons and a feisty yellow lab puppy named Owen). You can find David giving parenting tips on the BLOG at www.raisingboysandgirls.com.

Carlos Whittaker, Parent Cue Live Host


Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45. Find out more and read more from Carlos at carloswhittaker.com.

Kristen Ivy - Parent Cue Live Host


Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, Director of The Phase Project, and co-author of Playing For Keeps and It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It. She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children, Sawyer, Hensley, and Raleigh, in Cumming, GA.

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