Author Archives: Seth Mullins

About Seth Mullins

Seth Mullins is a modern medicine man who strives to put his innate knowledge of ancient healing arts into terms that Western minds might understand. His other interests include music and writing - the enduring practice that has always served to tie diverse elements together. He has produced two novels of metaphysical fantasy ("Song of an Untamed Land" and "Song of the Twice Born") and written extensively about such topics as spirituality, family, parenting, nature and the arts - always stressing our ability as spiritual beings to create our own reality and overcome all the various forms of darkness in our lives.

Talking with Your Teen about Your Divorce

Talking with Your Teen about Your Divorce

Teens experience a lot of worries and anxieties on the best of days, and these feelings will be intensified when they hear about your divorce. Also, you don’t want them to go completely the other way and shut down emotionally as a way of protecting themselves. Talking will allow them to process their feelings and put their thoughts into some kind of context that makes sense. Continue reading

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

When a teen-aged boy vents a lot of anger towards his mother, or uses abusive language with her, it can be seen as a desperate attempt on his part to create some space for himself. He simply needs more room to breathe. This isn’t meant to suggest that parents should condone that sort of behavior. But we can better understand why our kids are acting out if we’re able to see how it fulfills an inner need. Continue reading

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Troubling periods in our lives can always be fruitful bonding opportunities. Such experiences can make us grateful for what we have. They can open our eyes to the beauties of small moments that we may normally miss. Boys instinctively lean towards their fathers when life feels uncertain. Continue reading

Talking with Our Teens about Depression

Talking with Our Teens about Depression

Without being able to relate the feeling to any kind of previous experience, a teenager can be overwhelmed by depression. It may become impossible to see any future beyond its dim and gloomy shadow. This is a place where we as parents can share some of our own experience as a way of bridging the gulf. Continue reading

Talking with Our Teens about Drinking

Talking with Our Teens about Drinking

More so even than school programs, public service messages, and the threat of the law, parents can wield the strongest influence over their kids in this matter. We just need to be honest about our concerns, firm about our expectations, and able to communicate in a way that inspires conversation and sharing rather than reactions. Continue reading

Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Every young person will respond to drugs in ways that are particular to their temperaments and physiology. The key thing to look for is abrupt changes in behavior. Mood swings, for example, can be a giveaway. Your teen may be withdrawn and isolated one moment and then overly talkative and animated the next. Continue reading

The Challenges and Rewards of Co-Parenting

The Challenges and Rewards of Co-Parenting

Children benefit from their parents’ solidarity. Conflicts, disagreements, and inconsistent behavior amongst the adults can contribute to their insecurities and anxieties. But if two parents are committed to making important decisions together regarding their children, and if they uphold each other in that area, then this kind of stability and reliability will be communicated to the young ones and contribute to their overall emotional health and happiness. Continue reading

Sharing Our Spiritual Beliefs with Our Children

Sharing Our Spiritual Beliefs with Our Children

Our deep beliefs regarding what is sacred in living and dying will strongly influence how we live day to day. Exposing this part of ourselves to our children can form the basis of a powerful bonding experience. Also, it will impart to our young ones some basic tools with which they can begin to build up their own beliefs about life and the larger purpose of it. Continue reading