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Communication. We all know that it's important in healthy relationships. We need to communicate. We need to share with each other. We need to be clear and assertive. We know all this. And yet we continue to struggle when we try to talk to each other. Maybe we don't really understand what it takes to communicate effectively with our intimates. Maybe it's time for some more specific instructions. We all know that it's important in healthy relationships. We need to communicate. We need to share with each other. We need to be clear and assertive. We know all this. And yet we continue to struggle when we try to talk to each other. Maybe we don't really understand what it takes to communicate effectively with our intimates. Maybe it's time for some more specific instructions. Continue reading
As you head out the door on a Friday, a coworker invites you to a party. Does the idea of spending the evening socializing excite you or exhaust you? Do you do your best work when energized by a team or do you work better when given some space and time on your own? Does the prospect of a weekend at home fill you with dread or anticipation? The answers to these questions can reveal a lot about your natural tendency toward introversion or extroversion. Continue reading
A message to all the parents out there feeling powerless and unheard: YOU ARE NOT! You are not powerless and you are certainly not unheard! You have no idea how much power your words carry in the heads and hearts of your children. What you say MATTERS! Your words form the voice your kids carry around with them for the rest of their life. I know it looks like they aren't listening. It feels like Continue reading
I talked a lot about establishing family values and shared rules in another post. I thought a worksheet might make actually establishing these very important elements a bit easier. This would make a terrific activity for your next family night - just print a copy for each person and remember that the goal is to create a vision that everyone can feel connected to. So, value every opinion, listen respectfully to each other, and - most importantly - have fun! Oh, and I'd love to hear how this worked out for your family. Continue reading
It's really easy in our noisy, busy lives to lose touch with our much quieter internal world. We don't have time to sit and reflect on how we are - we have places to be already! We have important stuff to get done! We push. We go. We carry on. And the quiet voices inside get lost. Until they start to scream and shout and jump up and down for our attention. Continue reading

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