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.

With the pressures of life, it can be hard to make time to share, learn, and play. But they may be the essential concepts missing in your marriage and life. ...

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It’s hard to know where the line is between our healthy parental duty to protect and unhealthy over-sheltering. This question of what we should save our kids from and what we expect from them is doubled when we have a child with a chronic illness or disorder. ...

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Adding shared responsibilities and kids to the mix can actually enhance our intimacy. It may be true that our time and energy becomes divided. There are more demands made on us. Responsibilities can creep in and overshadow the romance if we let them, but it doesn’t have to be that way. ...

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The Urban Dictionary defines "baby fever" as, "When a girl starts feeling a strong desire to have a baby, possibly to the point of obsession." When baby fever hits, it can seem like the rest of the world stands still, and there is little a woman wouldn't do to have a baby. When traditional methods ...

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Learning to recognize common ground can be uniting, but learning to recognize and accept differences can be just as endearing. Tolerance is not just a buzzword exploited by the media in today’s society, but is a core social value of America. America has been labeled “the great melting pot,” because of its tendency to bring people of all ...

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When I was young, my family had several pets. We had cats and dogs mostly. I had varying feelings about each of our pets, but I loved some of them very much. Animals can be great companions and teach kids responsibility through caring for another life, but most pets have considerably shorter life spans than ...

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Self-esteem is developed much like anything else in our lives: over time.  Four-eyes! Fatso! @&#*$! It's not uncommon to hear things like this if you venture onto your child's playground. Kids, and the world at large, can be cruel. Self-esteem can be the thing ...

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Childhood Anxiety: What Is It?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by from Blogs
Sometimes it's easy to spot: the outward nervousness, nail biting, jitteriness, moodiness, irritability, and outright refusal to participate in a specific activity, like school. Other times anxiety is not as easy to see, but can still be just as debilitating and lead to further ...

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Fear is a normal human emotion. Fear is an unpleasant feeling of apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger, according to New Source Counseling. But not all fear is bad. A healthy level of fear can protect our children and us from danger. Anxiety is slightly more broad and pervasive than ...

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I recently had a Facebook message from a friend, who wrote: "I'm really struggling with my son, he's 8 this next month and frankly most days I'm struggling just to not lose my cool with him. He's very aggressive, he does not handle change well, and even when he's the one that causes a problem ...

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