Family Retreats Nurture Restoration

Family retreats are a highlight of the Shelterwood year. In the spring and fall, families gather at Shelterwood to learn, reconnect and grow together. Boys’ and girls’ families meet on separate weekends in April and October over four days of intentional activities and quality downtime together. Why Family Retreats? The
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Four Questions to Guide your Admissions Journey

The Shelterwood admissions journey is different for every family. Some parents might call when their child is in crisis and arrive on campus within a week. Some parents might be in touch with Shelterwood for years before deciding their teenager is ready for residential treatment. There’s no right or wrong
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Self-Love: Why it matters, how to encourage it

We spend a good portion of February inundated with all kinds of messages, commercials, stories and songs about love. Most of these are about romantic love, and, let’s be honest, most of them are simplistic and designed to sell you something. At Shelterwood, we take love seriously. We think unconditional
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5 Ways Grandparents Can Change Kids’ Lives

Dr. Ken Canfield has dedicated a lifetime to studying and promoting healthy family systems. He has founded multiple family-strengthening initiatives, such as the Family Center and the National Center for Fathering, and lent his expertise to sources as diverse as Al Gore’s “Father to Father” initiative, the Oprah Winfrey Show,
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Five Ways to Help Teens Set Better Goals

We all know the success rates for New Year’s resolutions are abysmal. We start the year off with so much hope and, just days later, are back to our old habits. Goal-setting is hard enough for adults. It can be even more difficult for teens, especially if they are facing
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Four Ways Grandparents Can Help Diffuse Family Conflict

We all know grandparents are expected to take on certain roles in today’s modern family: Grandchildren-indulgers, family-gathering hosts, on-call babysitters, parent-encouragers, keepers of the family’s stories. One author—and friend of Shelterwood—believes there is another overlooked calling grandparents are uniquely positioned to be: Peacemakers. In his book The H.E.A.R.T. Of Grandparenting,
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Holiday anxiety: How to help your teen

The holidays can deliver cheer and stress, wonder and anxiety, big highs and crushing lows. These seasonal swings can be disorienting for adults, but for teens, who experience emotions even more intensely, they can be downright destabilizing. Therapist Jeremy Lotz (MA, LPC, NCC) says the holidays can be especially hard
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The National Prayer Breakfast & Shelterwood

My wife, Janice and I, just returned home from an encouraging couple of days at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. This annual event brings together 4,000 men and women from all 50 states and 140 countries. Together we shared in conversations about Christ and the hope that He
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Parenting Relationships

Most of our Shelterwood parents are exemplary. They are, by and large, good, kind, compassionate and loving people. They have tried everything they can at home to deal with the behavioral and emotional issues of their teenager, and yet it hasn’t worked. They have most often also placed their child
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