Healthy relationships, Inspirations, Parenting

5 Ways to Feel More Connected to Your Family Today

Okay, I have to admit that I created this list mostly for me. As a consummate task-master, I need all the reminders I can get to monitor my overactive “Get’er done” mode.  When I’m in the mode, I have a hard time snapping out of it. Yes, it’s awesome to get stuff done, but not… Continue reading 5 Ways to Feel More Connected to Your Family Today

Healthy relationships, Parenting

Six Tips to Create a Home Where “The Talk” with Your Kids is Not Awkward (Or At Least A Lot Less Awkward)

After a quick poll of my friends, I couldn’t find any with positive memories of “The Talk” with their parents when they were kids. Instead, I found knowledge about human reproduction was gathered in a variety of ways, including: the 5th grade school talk,  details gathered from friends (often incorrect), books left discretely on bedside tables, movies, adult magazines, etc. Needless to say, family conversations about changing bodies, reproduction and sexual health were rare and uncomfortable for my generation.

Friendship, Healthy relationships, Parenting

Simply Starting With “I” Instead of “You” Changes the Whole Conversation

Quick Quiz: Which of these statements would you rather have said to you? “You need to help out more. I’ve been doing all the work around here lately.” “I feel overwhelmed lately by all of the work I’ve been doing around here. Can we talk about that?”

Books, Family Dinner, Healthy relationships, Parenting

Family Dinner Topic: Which Emotion is Most Difficult for You to Express at Home and Why?

As a child who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, I missed the whole Emotional Intelligence (EQ) bus. My family didn’t talk about emotions or practice how to regulate them in a healthy way. So when my kids were babies, I realized I had a lot to learn to help my family (and myself) develop EQ.

Inspirations

The Only Thing You Can Control is Yourself, But That is Incredibly Powerful

We all have relationships that are challenging at times. Maybe it’s with our partner, our child, a co-worker or a relative. When relationships are tough, we tend to think, “If only they would ___________ , things would be better.” Ahhh, if only we could change other people. Life would be so much easier, right? Well… Continue reading The Only Thing You Can Control is Yourself, But That is Incredibly Powerful