• 4 Gentle Ways to Become Resilient to Shame

    Shame. It’s the only thing you see as you catch a glimpse of yourself in the hallway mirror. Not your smile. Not your hair. Not the color of the shirt you’re wearing. Only the mask of shame and secrecy…and the longing to be free of what has stolen so many years of your life. You’ve […]
  • 2 Child-Centered Alternatives to Traditional School Models

    According to Nikhil Goyal, an author and speaker who serves on the board of Fair Test (an organization which works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial), American schools are failing their students because “…they are […]
  • 4 Ways to Solve the “If I have to tell you one more time…” Epidemic

    “If I have to tell you one more time to put your smelly football socks actually IN the laundry basket…” you hear yourself say for the 3,871st time this season. You’re more tired of hearing yourself say it than your kid is hearing it, but what’s a parent to do when you just can’t get […]
  • 3 Easy Ways to Rebuild Relationships

    In a world so connected by technology and social media, to be “disconnected” seems almost impossible these days. Or does it? Have you taken time out recently to inventory your closest relationships? Are you so connected to your virtual “friends” perhaps even distant family that you’ve lost contact with those who share space with you […]
  • 4 Gentle Ways to Reverse Being Judgmental

    It starts the second you meet someone…or more to the point the moment you lay eyes on them. You instantly make determinations about who that person is, what kind of attitude they’ll have and how their entire family must behave based solely on the appearance of this new acquaintance. You’ve been noticing more and more […]
  • 4 Ways to Honor Your Closest Relationships

    How many times have you found yourself in the same room as the person you’ve been living with for months — or years even — and felt like the two of you were complete strangers? Regardless of the dynamic of this relationship, whether it be husband and wife, parent and child or simply roommates, sadly […]
  • 5 Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

    First your baby jumps out of your car on his first day of school, and before you know it he’s jumping out of the driver’s seat of his own car. You don’t remember turning around, but obviously you did at some point and your son is now a legal, licensed driver. While this is one […]
  • 5 Healthy Ways to Deal with Teens and Parties

    You dealt with it yourself as a teenager, and now you stand face-to-face with the one issue you’d been hoping to avoid with your own children — drinking. Until now all the parties your kids went to seemed innocent enough, but rumors of drinking at your teens’ events have been trickling into your reality. You’re […]
  • The 5 Whys of Daily Compliments

    It’s Monday morning — or any time of any day for that matter —and you find yourself feeling a little off center, a little blue or just plain “salty.” You try positively affirming your way out of that bad mood, but the best you can do is mumble a near-profanity through clenched teeth at the […]
  • 3 Ways to Live Your Best Life Ever

    “How did I get here? I’m going to die tomorrow, and I have yet to live a day of my life,” gasped the 90+ year old hospice patient as she clasped the hand of her caregiver she was meeting for the first time. As the lack of living her life or her dreams or loving […]
  • 4 Steps to Freeing Yourself from Your Shame

    You stand looking into the mirror wondering who the person is that’s staring back at you. The face looks vaguely familiar, yet its features are distorted by the pain of the secret you’ve been carrying around for so long. You’re desperate to be free from the past that haunts your present, but at this point […]
  • 3 Gentle Ways to Help a Loved One with an Addiction

    Deep down inside you know it’s true, yet you still find yourself desperately begging God — anything — for it not to be. You’ve heard other people talking about it. You’ve even glanced at the books and articles dealing with it. But now you’re faced with it personally, and you have no idea what to […]
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