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My life changed this week. Completely and irrevocably. My daughter had a baby girl and I became a GRANDMA! Boy is that word loaded or what? Just say it out loud one time. It can't help but conjure up images and expectations. Do you respond with images of old ladies in rocking chairs? 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
The holidays are here. This is the merriest - and most stressful - time of the year for most of us. We wait all year for the festivities. We stand in line for just the right presents. We deck the halls and trim the tree. We optimistically plan perfect family gatherings. Everything sparkles and glimmers. But, it all comes with a price. And the price is STRESS! We are tired. We are overwhelmed with long to-do lists. We are juggling dozens of commitments. Here are some tips to help you capture the joy of the season without the drama and stress: Continue reading
The series on family communication continues. Until now the focus has been on resolving some of the most common causes of family disharmony. We have worked on building a foundation for peaceful home life. But we aren't going to stop there. We want joyful homes. We want families that truly LIKE spending time together. How do we get that? We have to go beyond fixing problems. Continue reading

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