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Parenting the Teenage Driver: Facts & an Opportunity for Parents

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 5/14/19

  Some information on teen driving and then an invitation to attend my workshop on this topic.

Who among us does not remember what the beginning of summer felt like when we were teenagers? A break from school, from study, and so many opportunities to have fun with friends. ... Read More »

Depression Among Our Youth on the Rise

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 5/01/19

A new study from the National Institute of Mental Health reports alarming increases in depression among adolescents. About 3 million 12- to 17-year-olds have had at least one major depressive episode within the past 12 months. That is about 13% of young people in that age range. It’s easy ... Read More »

Should you seek a Catholic counselor?

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 4/16/19

  If you find yourself in need of the services of a therapist, should you seek one who is a Christian or, more specifically, a Catholic? This question may not be a no-brainer, even for the most devout Catholics.  During the many years I was engaged in private practice, ... Read More »

New podcast: Parents, Schools, & Discipline

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 11/28/18

Prince of Peace Director of Family Life, Dr. Dale Wisely, has been a child and adolescent psychologist for 36 years, including 24 years in clinical practice, followed by 12 years serving as a school district administrator at which, among other duties, he consulted with school officials about disciplinary practices. ... Read More »

Author/Speaker Josh Ochs on Social Media & Youth PLUS Important Article in NYTIMES.

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 11/09/18

There is an interesting read in the NYTimes with a great title: "A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley." Is this the beginning of the backlash against many years of increasing "screen time," and kids carrying around smartphones WAY too young? I do ... Read More »

Blended Families: A Conversation with Dr. Julie McDonald

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 10/19/18

I recently spoke to Dr. Julie McDonald, a colleague of mine who has extensive experience working with blended families. We made it into a podcast!

Blended families are the result of marriage, divorce, and remarriage, which both husband and wife bring children from the previous marriage to the new ... Read More »

What can I say to my children when they ask why we keep faith in this church?

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 9/28/18

Kerry Weber is an editor at the Jesuit magazine, AMERICA.  In an article in the September 17, 2018 issue, she asks “What can I say to my kids when they ask why we keep faith in this church?”

Most of us should be able to understand why parents would ... Read More »

A Social Media Resource for Parents

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 9/18/18

Parents struggle to deal with their kids’ use of social media. Early next year, we will offer a live program for parents and other interested adults about this ever-changing and challenging topic.

Many of us may wish that social media would go away. It will not. It will be ... Read More »

Suicide Prevention

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 9/10/18

We want to encourage everyone just to take a few minutes to read this information, provided by the American Psychological Association.


In addition, look over the following information, which includes local resources.  Youth Suicide Warning Signs

YOUTH SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS: (Information for Friends, Parents, Healthcare Providers: www.youthsuicidewarningsigns.org) Talking about or making ... Read More »

10 Things to Say to Our Children: Video

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 8/27/18

Last week, I posted a video, part 1 of my talk "10 Things to Say to Our Children." We had a technical problem with the video, so I have replaced it with a new video that includes the entire talk. I hope you find it useful. See the video here.  

God bless you and yours,Dale ... Read More »


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