Andy Smithson

Andy Smithson is a Licensed Masters Social worker, writer, presenter, and most importantly, a husband and a father of three energetic boys and a heart-melting girl. Andy and his family live in Burley, Id., along the scenic snake river. They enjoy spending time on the river in the summer, and in the mountains in the winter. Andy has worked with kids and families for years in counseling, parenting classes, and seminars, and provides in-home coaching. He loves to see personal, relational, and generational cycles change and progress as parents improve themselves and their parenting. Andy is the creator and author of the TRU Parenting program and blog.

Andy Smithson is a Licensed Masters Social worker, writer, presenter, and most importantly, a husband and a father of three energetic boys and a heart-melting girl. Andy and his family live in Burley, Id., along the scenic snake river. They enjoy spending time on the river in the summer, and in the mountains in the winter. Andy has worked with kids and families for years in counseling, parenting classes, and seminars, and provides in-home coaching. He loves to see personal, relational, and generational cycles change and progress as parents improve themselves and their parenting. Andy is the creator and author of the TRU Parenting program and blog.

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5 Signs of Child Abuse

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by from Blogs
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