Join us for a presentation by Keith McCurdy
ABOUT KEITH MCCURDY
Keith has worked in the field of mental health for over 30 years, working with more than 12,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University and is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc. He is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist.
For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. His primary focus is helping others better understand how a Christian worldview, not psychology, should be the primary influence in parenting and relationships today. A significant part of his work has been helping parents understand the needed benefit of allowing their children to struggle to learn to do hard things.
“When you allow your children to struggle, you set them free.”
This is the difficult-but- true message Keith McCurdy desperately wants parents to hear.
“In 30 years in the mental health world, the thing I’ve consistently seen is that parents have gone further down the road of trying to make their kids happy,” McCurdy says. In the moment, easy feels great. Struggle is inherently uncomfortable and often upsetting to children. The reality is that struggle is also required in order for children to grow into what McCurdy calls “sturdy adults” – adults who can face life’s challenges with maturity, resilience and perseverance. “If we want our children to be able to do hard things, we must allow them to struggle,” McCurdy says.