• 7 Tips for Controlling Your Response When Things Go Wrong

    Last week I shared two stories about how our perception of what is happening fuels our response; that paying attention to our thoughts and the stories and emotions they generate is important when parenting and is a skill which can be learned and practiced. Yeah right!! There was a time when I didn’t believe that I could control how I felt...

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  • When the Result Stinks You’re the Problem!

    My mother has come to live with us. She is eighty-seven and has Alzheimer’s. That makes every day an adventure. My mother and my husband both go to bed a bit later than I do because they sleep in. Recently, early in the morning, I used my blow dryer for about a minute and a half. This is not an exaggeration...

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  • Sixty-Eight Thanksgivings and Counting!

    In two months I will be sixty-nine years old and my husband will be seventy. I contemplate that and I am amazed and astonished. It makes me smile with pure joy. Can you even imagine such a thing; to live this long! What an amazing thing to accomplish! Next week is Thanksgiving. My sweet husband will be hovering around me like...

  • You Can Improve Your Parent-Child Relationships

    What Is Really Important? Here’s a true story. A father was painting the outside of his home. His five-year-old son wanted to help. So this good father gave his son an old shirt with the sleeves rolled up several times. They both went to work on the door, dad painting the top and son painting the bottom. It just happened to...

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