Brandi Carroll, Counselor, Killeen ISD
The people who said “parenting isn’t easy” – they weren’t kidding?! And probably one of the most difficult things for all parents is having the “tough conversations” with their kids. You know the ones –sex, substances, body image, bullying, lifestyles, and more. Today, we live in a complex world that is filled with issues that are not only difficult for kids to process, but also difficult for parents to discuss. Many parents dread having these conversations with their kids, while others want to but don’t know how.
Reality check – if you don’t talk to your kids about these issues, someone else will. And you will have missed out on a crucial opportunity to give your children accurate information, personal values, and lifelong principles to guide them. Save yourself a lot of stress by getting ahead of the topics before they come up. And arm yourself with go-to advice for when those sensitive subjects do arise. By investing knowledge, compassion, and strong character into your kids, you can give them all the tools they need to navigate life successfully! Come learn ways to talk through life’s challenging subjects with your children in ways that will encourage, equip and strengthen both them and you.
Brandi Carroll graduated from the University of Oklahoma and completed her Masters work through the University of Central Oklahoma. A classroom veteran she taught high school science for many years and has since served as a school counselor for more than 20 years. Among other ventures, Brandi has helped initiate an adventure-based character education program centered on an acronym GRIP with the letters representing good attitude, respect and responsibility, integrity and perseverance. Currently working in Killeen ISD, she has been married for 27 years and has two children, a 4th grader, and a 9th grader.