Leah Sparkman, Havenwood Academy Graduate and Ph.D Student.

May 7, 2020

  Hello everyone, My name is Leah Sparkman and I am a Havenwood Academy graduate. I attended Havenwood for a year from the summer of 2014- summer 2015. This means that around this month it has been about 5 years since I graduated from the program. I would like to offer some encouragement about the…

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Tools For Parenting Teens With Behavioral Disorders

Sep 24, 2019

You don’t have a teenager… You have a teenager with a behavior disorder. Parents, that is the first thing you need to understand. There is a difference between regular teenage behavior and what your teen and you are currently experiencing. Underneath the disorder there is a typical teenager so even though it may be hard,…

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4 Things I Selfishly Wish My Daughter Had Taught Me Sooner

Sep 10, 2019

It doesn’t matter how many books you read, how many classes you take, or how many people you talk to, nothing can really prepare you for the life-altering change that occurs when you have a baby. You expect to be the one teaching and guiding your children, but you quickly realize that you are actually…

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Helping Teens To Set And Achieve Worthwhile Goals

Aug 25, 2019

Most people start out the new year with the best of intentions — to study more, lose weight, adopt healthy eating habits or a host of other goals. However, within weeks or even days, those plans have fallen by the wayside, put away like Christmas decorations, only to be brought out the following year. Parents…

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9 Things Parents of Girls Must Do to Keep Sane

Aug 11, 2019

Oh to be the parent of a little girl. You tiny jewels of boundless delight. You endless sources of joy and mirth. You power-hungry despots responsible for early grays, getting so mad we forget what month it is, and Googling “reasons animals don’t eat their young.” To all of us moms and dads that have…

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Have A Troubled Teen? You Can Still Be An Awesome Parent and Here’s How

Jul 31, 2019

We all have days when we wonder why there isn’t some sort of manual for parenting. And if you’re the parent of a troubled teen, you’ve also had days when you wonder what you’ve done wrong. Parenting is tough. Parenting a troubled teen is even tougher. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be an awesome…

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Placing Your Troubled Teen Daughter In A Therapeutic Boarding School

Jul 20, 2019

Being a parent of a troubled teen is not an easy situation. Fortunately, this is not a sittuation lacking a solution. As parents, you have the responsibility to find help for your troubled teen; however, it can be difficult to find a therapeutic boarding school which aligns with your personal points of view. Teenagers: A Test Of Your…

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Adjusting Your Parenting Style to Your Teenager

Jul 6, 2019

Moms are the ultimate quick-change artists, aren’t they? They can go from story time with a toddler to crisis management faster than the blink of an eye. It can be a beautiful miracle to watch a woman be all the things her children need her to be. As children age and progress into their teen years,…

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3 Things Single Parents of Teens Must Do to Keep Sane

Jun 28, 2019

As single parents, it can be overwhelming having every aspect of home life on just your shoulders. You may be constantly worried if you’re doing enough. Are they happy? Are you giving them everything they need? Are you enough to compensate for the missing parent? It’s a constant cycle of doing the best you can…

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