Are You in the Driver’s Seat?

Let’s look at “driving in a car” as a metaphor for how individuals live their lives.  

It’s important to be an effective and careful driver. When you are driving, you must have your hands securely on the steering...

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There's no such thing as "a little nasty."

Yep, it’s like the old cliché: you can’t be “a little pregnant.”

I wish I could tell you it’s okay to let loose once in a while, be a little mean or nasty, and just say what you’re thinking or feeling....

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Did a political argument ruin your family's dinner?

In today’s political climate, sitting across the table from a loved one with opposing views can be exhausting. Odds are, they’re not going to change their opinion on the spot, and in the end, a negative interaction affects everyone at...

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There's good news about stress. Check it out now

I recently learned about the upside of stress from watching Kelly McGonigal's TedTalk. I found it interesting to look at stress from another lens – instead of seeing stress as bad, we need to make it our friend.

McGonigal says that there's a...

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State Your Intentions - Give them your "Why" upfront

When you tell the other person what your goal (or your intention) is for an interaction, they are more likely to listen to you, rather than prepare to defend themselves or get annoyed.

If you're talking about an important subject, or if you know...

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Are you just "soldiering" on... doing what needs to be done?

Have you ever caught yourself marching in time to life’s demands?

You’re shuffling kids here, there, everywhere, and don’t catch a break until your head hits your pillow. You’re putting in extra hours at work to accommodate...

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Don't be so focused on what you're saying that you ignore me

When you're concentrating on making your point, defending yourself, winning an interaction, or being right, you're probably not noticing me (the other person). I might be getting upset, my feelings could be hurt, or maybe I'm bored or just tuned...

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Quick Tip: What to do when stuck in a rough patch....

When you’re in the middle of an argument or a tense time in your relationship, try to take a step back and think of how the other person might be feeling at that moment.

It may sound counterintuitive, but if you can, remind yourself that...

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What’s all this talk about kindness?

Kindness builds trust and creates a safety net for all types of relationships.

Behaving kindly describes who we must be in our relationships.

It includes:

     - how we treat each other

     - how we speak to each...

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For the sake of your children…. handle your ex differently

Can you make a conscious decision to shift your thinking about your ex-husband or ex-wife, for the sake of your children, and to also reduce the stress level in your own life? 

This is a common challenge for many families.

Change...

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