Author Archives: Melissa J. Murphy

About Melissa J. Murphy

Melissa Murphy is in the business of building self-esteem, instilling confidence, and restoring hope in those who have given up on life. She is currently completing her degree in psychology, and has worked as a life coach and faith-based counselor for more than a decade. By bringing her personal life experiences into her work, Melissa is able to help others survive their wounds, heal their pain, and live a life of success despite having incurred overwhelming emotional scars. For the last few years, she has discovered the joys of writing and has published a growing number of articles. Melissa currently resides in the Houston area with her husband and her two wonderful children.

Helping Teens Deal with Stress

Helping Teens Deal with Stress

Teenage years can be tough. Teenagers are old enough to recognize difficult situations, but too immature to always deal with them effectively. Parents can help by providing resources that teach teens to cope with stress. This can be a challenge to parents during these trying years, but this is the time when your teen needs to know that you really love them no matter what. Even if they appear to shun your affection, they really want and appreciate it.

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The Importance of Community Support in the Life of a Child

The Importance of Community Support in the Life of a Child

For a child to grow emotionally and intellectually, an expansive body of research suggests that a healthy sense of community plays a vital role. Studies have repeatedly confirmed what people have known by way of common sense all along: children thrive in the presence of loving, reliable relationships with other people. Continue reading

How Children Develop Morality

How Children Develop Morality

Understanding how morality is developed gives parents an advantage when it comes to introducing and teaching life-enhancing principles that will lead to more success for their offspring. While children may be exposed to many influences in their lives, the members of their immediate family remain the most prominent people responsible for developing good moral foundations. Continue reading

The Importance of Grandparents

The Importance of Grandparents

Grandparents serve as important links to our past, as well as giving us healthy social support for our children’s future. They are role models that exemplify and pass along important family values, traditions and beliefs. Most importantly, grandparents quite often are the epitome of unconditional love and acceptance from whom our children can greatly benefit. Continue reading

Teens and Independence

Teens and Independence

As teens mature, they seek greater independence and autonomy. This causes a natural disdain for authority and resistance to family rules. Parents can help by gradually easing their children into positions of responsibility. Undesirable defiance and other oppositional behavior will naturally diminish as a teen assumes their new self-governing roles. Continue reading