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Jessica Speer is a children’s author and speaker. Her latest book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends), grew out of an innovative program she developed that empowers children with the awareness and skills to develop healthy relationships.

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Simple Ways to Cultivate a Respectful Home (and World)

Urban Dictionary defines RESPECT as “Treating others in a dignified manner.”

This definition does not conjure up images of my childhood. Like many, I grew up in a home filled with name calling, fighting, blaming and other forms of disrespect…

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?”