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Homeschooling and S-e-x Ed

A few weekends ago I had the amazing honor to speak at the OCEAN Network Homeschool Conference held in Albany, Oregon.  I did 3 breakout sessions that were jammed packed.  The topic? I had three.  

The first was “Sex, Porn, and Your Kids: Age Appropriate Conversations.”  

The second covered tech – “Leading Your Family in a Teched-Out World.”  

And the final topic was “Developing and Teaching Your Family a Biblical Sexual Ethic.”

Wow what a weekend. What a turn out.  And what a need.  I had so many amazing – and also heartbreaking conversations.  The need for healthy discussion and help in these areas is obvious. Know that you were never meant to navigate this alone. I want to come alongside you and help you prepare your family for what’s to come. So a few tips:

  • Be proactive – lead the conversations – I would say it is all about the micro-conversations that build as they grow. Make these often and short. 
  • Learn an biblical human sexuality, theory of marriage, dating, etc. Know what you believe. 
  • Do not avoid tech and see it as evil – It is not. Teach healthy usage and that these are tools – tools to be managed and used appropriately. Remember that this is about their hearts and their own inner compass of right and wrong. You want to captivate their hearts for any kind of transformation.
  • Remember that it is OUR responsibility as parents to be early (not late) to the conversations about pornography and and an ethic on dating, and ther hard and hot topics our children are facing today. Be ahead of the curve – not late.
  • If you don’t teach them, someone else WILL (and probably already has). Train them to be discerning regarding good and appropriate versus bad and grooming touch.
  • Invest in yourself as the parent so that you KNOW your ETHOS and can lead with confidence.
  • Do not do this alone. Find a community for support – face-to-face or virtual, either way – grab on to a community and be teachable. Be sure that what you are teaching is also biblical.

I hope these tips are helpful. You can find more of this in my upcoming book (working on it now) and my membership site for parents at http://www.buildyourethos.com 

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For me to come speak to your church or homeschool or school group contact me and find out more at http://www.drcoreygilbert.com               

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It is an honor to serve,

Dr. G

Corey Gilbert, PhD, LPC

Owner and Founder of HealingLives, LLC 

Parents – Your Children Need your Preemptive Guidance

Parents.  You may have heard of a movie in theaters title “Show Dogs” (2018).  This is about that and not about that.  My worry and concern is that many movies like this have subtle hints and lessons that – if not caught – teach our children things that can put them in harms way.  So this is a reminder to us parents to be vigilant.

Movies like “Deadpool 1 & 2” are reaching for our children and have trailers that draw them in – VERY successfully – and we must be the bad guys and say “NO!”  Movies like the first one mentioned are PG and easily fly under the radar and thus we have on conversations with our children about what they contain.

I am not advocating boycotting everything or banning anything. I do not see this as effective and early see it work at all.  It is about the short conversations about pieces of movies and shows and conversations our children hear that will empower them to stand up for themselves and NOT become a victim.  May we lead with confidence. May we prepare our children to spot things that are not just way off, but that are even subtly off.  May we teach them an ETHOS that they can become invested and grounded in – and is theirs.  Their ETHOS matters.  And this begins with ours as parents.

For more information and resources – check out my free facebook group we I am adding content and building community for parents that want to do this well – https://www.facebook.com/groups/familycounsel/

Dr G.

Corey Gilbert, PhD, LPC
Founder & CEO of HealingLives, LLC
Executive & Family Life Coaching, Counseling, Speaking, & Membership Site Owner
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Men – How to Marry Well

Kevin Leman says that “Sex Begins in the Kitchen.”  Les and Leslie Parrott talk about “Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts.”  Greg and Erin Smalley say that “Before you Plan Your Wedding…Plan Your Marriage.”

These are incredible resources for the man or woman wanting to MARRY WELL.  What I am finding as a professional counselor and family life coach is that most men will not read these books.  So how can we educate men on key issues they need to watch for, pay attention to, and be aware of – both personally, and in a future wife?  

A Brief Summary:

  • Men, Be Intentional.  Create, know, and live by an Ethos that honors others.  This goes for how you talk to a woman, touch, look at, etc.  
  • Sex is about relationship, not a thing you do.  You are a sexual being. This is to be stewarded and guarded.  Doing so saves so much fear, headache and heartache.  There are no scares or need to seek medical attention for a potential disease or pregnancy.  
  • Men, what kind of marriage and family and home life do you want?  Know the answer to that.  Have a vision for your future.  Discuss this with others and refine and mature this vision – in community.  
  • Do not live together!  This is a critical one for marital success.  
  • Kill your porn consumption.  This, for many healthy wives is nearly as bad as cheating.  Learn to live without this junk NOW!  Don’t wait until you are married – I guarantee you will bring it into your habits in marriage if you do not kill it now.    
  • Be active in your local church – not just attending.  Use your skills and talents to serve those in need.  This shows a potential life-partner that you are more about others than yourself.  
  • Be making a difference in your community – serve in scouts or athletics or in some way that impacts your community and makes where you live a better place.  

Follow these men and you will be very attractive to the healthy women in you world.  Go now and make your world a better place!

TO find out more about how to do this – check out my online course on “Love, Sex, Dating, & Marriage with Dr G” by clicking here.  

To work on Building a strong er Sexual Ethic and diving deeper into this part of who you are – join my membership site (opening soon) by going to www.buildyourethos.com 

Dr. G

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2 Keys for Successful Dating

Do you want to marry well?  What do I mean by that?  Do you want to marry someone you can call your best friend, conflict with and find resolutions that are mutually beneficial?  Do you want a life-partner that gets you – and you get them, you would fight for, and they would fight for you?  This is possible!  

  1.  Create a list of Must-have’s and Can’t-stands
    This list includes ABSOLUTES.  I know this sounds crazy – but this can eliminate so much heart ache and poor decisions.  These are those non-negotiables – like character issues, moral boundaries, faith and value minimal standards.  Be intentional.  Be proactive.  Constantly come back to this list and be sure these continue to remain ABSOLUTES.    
    Check out Neil Clark Warren’s great book “Date or Soulmate – How to Know if Someone is Worth Pursuing in Two Dates or Less” to learn how to do this well! Click on this link to buy and help support HealingLives, LLC in the process.
     
  2. Be intentional about sexual boundaries so as to honor others as if they are NOT yours. 
    What you do and enjoy with a potential marriage partner matters.  The more you do with many takes away from the depths of the beauty and enjoyment with the one you marry.  So what?  Treat each date and each person you are getting to know as if they are NOT yours and they will pay dividends for you both.  Your sexuality is meant to be enjoyed – but also stewarded.  Create an ETHOS that celebrates patience and intentionality – as well as forgiveness and grace.  Check out Doug Rosenau and Michael Todd Wilson’s book “Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality” for more information.  This is an incredible read and resource for you single adult journey toward marriage. Click on this link to buy and help support HealingLives, LLC in the process.
      

Enjoy the Process!  The BEST is Worth Waiting for!  DO not Settle!

Check out my online course on “Love, Sex, Dating, & Marriage” here if you are interested in more training on healthy and successful dating, courting, and marrying. 

Dr. G 

5 Things Parents of PREteens MUST Do

Are you a parents of a preteen and wondering what the next stages in life are going to look like?  Let me give you a hint – way too much of it depends on you – as the parent.  

Here are some steps to make the teen years an amazing time of growth and adventure and maturity – and not the typical chaos so many experience:

  1. Date your son or daughter
    Go to the movies, on a walk, out to dinner, a hike, picnic, paint balling, golfing, a bike ride, etc.  
  2. Change your discipline techniques (they are older now and need more age appropriate consequences)
    They are not 7 anymore.  Adapt your approach, which often means more intentionally severe consequences – it must hurt sometimes (not physically) for them to learn.  Remember you are leading them towards adulthood.
  3. Go on a retreat with your preteen and complete the Passport to Purity with them
    This is a 3 day 2 night outing with steps to follow, audio to listen to – and the audio by Dennis and Barbara Rainey does the teaching, and activities to complete and adventures to be had.  My eldest son and I went to the coast and went golfing and stayed in an RV.  My middle son and I went to a place up in the mountains that had zip lines and a climbing wall and tomahawk throwing and we stayed in a tent.  These are great memory makers as well.  
  4. Give them freedoms that allow them to test the world (within reason)
    Let them take risks.  We have watched our preteen son take the bus around town.  My wife at times has followed the bus to watch from afar.  Eventually you let go and must trust them.  These small victories are life changing for a growing maturing young man or woman. 
  5. NO allowances – Commissions – teach them the value of work and pay (and tithing and saving)
    As Dave Ramsey says – let them earn it.  They must learn that you are not their money tree.  A valuable statement I learned years ago was to NOT say “we can’t afford it” – rather to say “We choose to NOT spend our money that way.” – this is freeing.  
  6. Go on adventures with them (as a family or just you and your preteen)
    Get outside.  Go as a family.  Camping!  We love to go snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, to the coast, bike riding as a family, kayaking, or float down a river in inner-tubes, and out favorite – cross country road trips tent camping across the US.   

I hope these ideas are helpful.  Also – do some of these things with other families that have kids the same age.  

Be proactive and intentional as you lead this young man or woman into and through adolescence and into adulthood.  I hope even the hardest times of this stage of life are better because of your implementing the above strategies.  Lead well. Lead intentionally. 

Dr. Gilbert

 

Parents of Young Kids – Your Must Have Book List

Parents.  It is time to be proactive.  I find that most parents worry about introducing conversations with their kids too early.  I find the opposite problem to be the biggest predictor of future failure (as parents and in our kids actions as they mature).  

Be intentional.  Start the conversations when they are 1, 2, and even 3 years old.  How?  Make these age appropriate.  Here below is the list of books we have had on our kids book shelves since they were born.  These books would pop up every once and awhile and enter normal family conversations, then disappear into the mix.  Allow this to happen.  Lean into these harder conversations.  Even make them happen at times as events in life unfold (more on this coming).  Be ready for harder one’s as they enter the preteen years.  I will post more about what to do then in an upcoming video blog and training.  Stay tuned!  

So here is a great starter list for your kids bookshelves – FYI – click on these links to buy and this actually help HealingLives, LLC.  Let’s get these amazing resources into the hands of our children. 

 

And here is the Full set:

I hope these provide a starting point.  Email me or message me if you have specific questions. I am here to serve, as you serve your family with excellence in a difficult area most are afraid of entering.  We can do this.  Let’s also not do it alone.  Lead well!

Dr. Gilbert
 

Must-Have Resource for Parents of Young Kids

Check out this amazing book we have personally found very helpful with our kids over the years.   Leave it on their shelf and let the conversations come out of no where – or intentionally sit them down and go over it a few times a year.  Start at any age!  

Click on the link below to help support HealingLives, LLC with your purchase.  

 

 

Survey for Ministry Leaders (please share)

 
I am seeking your participation as a ministry leader in a brief survey.  I know that a large portion of your time is spent counseling, whether you are in a full-time, part-time, or lay leader position.  I would like to get feedback from your experiences in this area.  Your responses to this survey will help me evaluate what might be effective tools that would be an asset to you as your work with individuals and families.

The survey is very brief and should only take about five minutes to complete.  Your responses to this survey will be kept completely confidential.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.  Your feedback will be very helpful.

Sincerely,

Corey J. Gilbert, PhD, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor, HealingLives, LLC
Associate Professor of Psychology, Corban University
 
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Be Aware of What you are Giving Your Children for Christmas!

It is almost Christmas.  Families are excited.  A fast, but different pace ensues.  Children are crazy excited. I have a word of caution for us parents.  I have seen too much as a therapist and parent and with friends families.  One of the top gifts given this season to younger and younger children are electronic devices like iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches and the like.  Be Aware!  I personally call these “Porn Portals.”  Not to be funny – rather to enlighten and slightly alarm.  They are two to three clicks away from that stuff at any given moment – and we cannot watch them at all times.  FYI:

  • Most children have seen pornography – let’s not make it easier for them.
  • Most children and teens today spend hours on YouTube – and this is not an innocent space.
  • Snapchat and Instagram are not harmless and contain questionable material they can easily find.
  • Cyberbullying is getting worse with this instant access – leading to suicides.
  • Did you know that Universities are checking applicants social media accounts before admission – what are they posting?

This reminder is meant to alarm – not for us to overreact – rather for us to set limits, remain the parents, and teach our children and teenagers responsibility.

Our children will almost certainly want these devices.  We choose when – use wisdom.

They will almost never come to YOU with questions – so it is OUR responsibility to engage them in difficult and even uncomfortable short (very short) conversations.  We must initiate these.  DO NOT expect them to (if they do you are blessed!  Most do not).

Have a Merry Christmas.  Lead your families with Confidence.

Dr. Gilbert

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Sleep Resource & Better Health

I want you to check out this interview from Michael Hyatt as he interviews Shawn Stevenson – an expert on Health and Sleep. Check out this research on SLEEP.  #FreetoFocus

https://bestyearever.me/sleep

The importance of DIET!

Sleep Heals!

Amazing pain management from sleep!

Your Sleep Habits matter – medications, people, influences, busyness, learning, health…

I personally found that my sleep patterns are directly related to my physical and emotional health.  It is all connected – the spiritual, the physical, the emotional, and the relational.  Be Whole!  Check out this Research and podcast at the above link.

I hope this proves to be a helpful resource!

Dr G