girl standing in front of gate with back turned showing teal blue hair

There is a Progressive auto-insurance commercial you may have seen once or twice in which a young man walks into a hardware section of a store with blue hair. The other adults in the commercial can’t stop staring. That kid with the blue hair — well, it's my daughter. …


For a good portion of my life, empathy wasn’t something that I really understood. It wasn’t until about 5 or 6 years ago that I fully came to understand it and its impact on our lives. I was sitting in a large conference arena at SXSW (South by Southwest) in…


white-board-with-weeks-and-blue-post-it-tasks.

As modern technology has progressed, organizations have established internal teams to build various solutions within their walls. Whether these solutions are websites, proprietary systems, tools to manage their work, or something else entirely — when standing up a practice of developers and their counterparts (project managers, designers, testers, etc.), …


an-older-woman-with-a-younger-woman-and-a-child-running-down-a-path

Slightly before our daughter went into a long-term rehabilitation program, we started attending church services at a church where some of our close friends were. At the time, we didn’t realize how much we needed it in our lives and started attending more to solve the home troubles than any…


grey-rock-split-in-half-on-black-background

A ‘sad’ reaction to a Facebook post. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. …


Therapy might not be enough to help your family if you have a teenager who is struggling. It wasn’t for us. The first time our daughter ran away, I realized very quickly we were out of our depth. My support search started with a Google search on “Christian boarding schools…


young-girl-in-white-shirt-in-concrete-room

We watched a television show the other night when one of the characters visited a treatment program facility. It looked amazing — comfortable private rooms, beautiful grounds, daily room service. It was everything you’d hope rehabilitation would be. When we placed our daughter into a long-term rehabilitation program at the…


Growing up, my dad and I weren’t incredibly close. We butted heads more than we agreed. He had a very rough personality with very narrow and high expectations and, generally, wasn’t a very kind person. It doesn’t mean he didn’t love me; it just came down to how he grew…


So why do I keep saying I don’t?

My 18-year daughter just got her driver’s license. After coming home from her shift the other day, she told me that she was going to the lake the next day with her friend around Noon. The immediate response out of my mouth…


As parents, we want to protect our children from any dangers we perceive. As parents of daughters, we want to protect them from people we don’t believe are healthy/safe.

Before our daughter going into a long term treatment program, we definitely didn’t embrace the friends and boyfriends we thought were…

Melissa A Green

I am a human-mom, husky-mom, wife and wannabe Top Chef who went through fire and came out on the other side faithful, self-aware, renewed and sane (mostly).

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