Handling Anger with Respect for All

The anger was rising in the room. Everyone could feel it. His face was red, fists and teeth clenched. Breathing was heavy. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar. Perhaps it was your partner or your child that was upset. I was becoming aware of the lump in my own throat. The pressure in my chest was moving up into my throat

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5 Simple Ways to Nurture Relationships

Lately, I’ve been really reflecting about what families can do to create more nurturing experiences. With my recent experiences with the work of Hedy Schleifer and Crossing the Bridge, I have some ideas that might help you start thinking about the simple things you can do to create more love, connection, and nurturing in your family. Hint: It doesn’t have to take a

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4 things you can do today when you feel disconnected from your child

“I’m so upset! She’s working completely against me. No matter what I do, she continues to speak to me disrespectfully. I’ve tried punishing her, but she doesn’t seem to care. What am I supposed to do? I want a good relationship with my daughter, but she’s making it impossible!” Maybe you can relate to this mom’s struggle. She had tried

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Handling a Messy Room with RESPECT for your Growing Child

I’m on a bunch of parenting groups on Facebook and am really floored by the responses to questions that have been posed. I read about a 16 year-old who wouldn’t go to school and the commenters were just awful toward the boy. I wrote about that situation in my newsletter Saturday morning talking about how else parents could look at

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