The Myth that Fathers Must Be Manly and Tough

By Aldo Ortiz, MA, LPC | Fatherhood Team Supervisor As of late, I have spent time sitting and contemplating my current stage of life, especially since COVID-19 has afforded me a lot of opportunity to reflect. One of the biggest things which resonates with me is the...

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Making Texas Count

by Jessica Kilpatrick, MA, LPC-S | STARRY Chief Program Officer We face unprecedented times with the current public health crisis, however it is crucial that Texas gets an accurate count of its population for the 2020 Census. Population data collected during the...

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Finding Acceptance in COVID-19

By Jessica Kilpatrick, MA, LPC-S | STARRY Chief Program Officer In times like these we can choose to fall into feelings of depression, or we can we can be grateful, or we can be a bit of both. AND THAT’S OKAY. We can hold onto two opposing thoughts at the same time....

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What Really Matters?

By Ashley Sleaper, LMSW | STARRY Community Education Specialist Parental performance is a very real and very stressful thing in the 21st century. Our grandparents were considered good parents if they kept their children quiet while adults were talking. Our parents...

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Using Playful Engagement To Get Kids To Wash Their Hands

by Laura Lanford, M.A. LPC Intern -STARRY Fatherhood Counselor Supervised by Nidal Pascoe, M.A. LPC-S “Why?” asked 2-year-old Everett again. “You need to wash your hands because they have germs on them,” I insisted, using up large quantities of my dwindling patience...

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The Art of Modeling

By Ashley Sleaper, LMSW – Community Education Specialist As a counselor who primarily focuses on parenting issues, I am often asked how someone can get their children to behave or respond in a certain way. Parents want to know how to help their child handle...

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