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  • Shelly D. Mahon

    I have been working with families and teens for almost 20 years, and teaching in a university setting since the year 2000. My commitment is that parents have the support and resources they need to take care of themselves and foster the growth and development of their children.

Al Cole Interviews Shelly on The Importance of Fathers

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Al Cole with “People of Distinction”. In this interview, I share the importance of fathers and how couples, divorced or together, can work together to support the growth and development of their children. This was a fun, informational, and stimulating conversation about how moms and dads … Continue reading

Mentors: What Are They and How Do You Find One?

A mentor is “an experienced and trusted adviser.”   How do we come to find mentors? Often we either seek them out or they appear in our lives as someone to whom we feel connected.  Whether it is someone to share in your parenting, career choices, or hobbies, mentors can help you grow.  I just … Continue reading

Why Family Communication Is Such A Big Deal AND How You Can Improve It In 6 Minutes!

Family communication: We’ve all heard about it on the news and read about it online. We know we’d like to improve it but we’re just not sure how to do it. We’ve read the lists of what to do but we just can’t seem to put them into practice. The simple fact is that communication … Continue reading

Free Webinar 10/1/13 @ 7:00pm ET: Want A Great Relationship With Your Child? Communicate.

FREE Webinar on Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 7:00 Easter Time Recently I posted an article entitled, Want a Great Relationship with Your Child? Communicate. I will be presenting a webinar on this topic on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:00pm eastern time with Therapist Express. Please join us to dive into the art of parent-child communication. Register … Continue reading

What Can You Gain from Community: Reflections from the 100-Year Flood in Colorado

I am a resident of Boulder Colorado, one of the many towns that experienced or witnessed a huge sense of loss and devastation from the 100-year flood that crashed through Colorado over the last few days. Whether it is divorce, a natural disaster, or some other major life challenge, this article talks about 5 things … Continue reading

The Unique & Special Role of Dads

“Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home. Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.” Dr. David Popenoe Happy Father’s Day! If you follow my blog you know that I support and conduct research on the importance of fathers. Fathers play a … Continue reading

Mom: Sherpa, Supporter, & Number 1 Fan

Since it is Mother’s day, let’s talk about moms. Moms become moms the day they find out they are pregnant. Before the baby even enters the world, moms feel responsible for taking care of this new life by providing it with the most nurturing environment she can inside her body. And, babies make themselves known! … Continue reading

Private Family Video Website

Many of you are familiar with my new program, Apart, Not Broken: Learn, Connect, & Create. This online program provides a safe, secure, multi-media environment for fathers to adjust and parent after divorce or separation.  Today, I am pleased to announce our partnership with ProudOn, Inc.  With a focus on Internet safety, ProudOn, Inc. created … Continue reading

The Pressure of Being a Teenager

Teenagers know what pressure is! Just try it, it will be fun.  Are you really going to wear that? Hey, did you hear that Joe’s parents are out of town Saturday. OMG! We have to do that again! Do it, or I’ll tell everyone what a poser you are!  You can’t say things like that if you are … Continue reading

A Spin on Risk-Taking Behavior as an Expression of Positive Youth Development

More often then not we associate risk-taking behavior in teens as negative or harmful. However, we know that the teen brain is literally wired to take risks. Therein lies the dilemma. We are left with the belief, or fear, that our teens are going to take risks that could have serious consequences. I would like … Continue reading