• Sharing=That Family Feeling!

    Children long to feel connected in a special way to those they love most. You know what I’m talking about. Those moments when you and your spouse share a laugh and no one else knows what’s funny. When you and a friend have one of those conversations where you really feel heard. Children and teens want the same opportunity to connect...


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  • The Gum Grandma says, “Let’s get Retro!”

    How can you create relationships with people you only see once or twice a year? That’s a question I've asked myself because most of my 13 grandchildren live far away. In fact, most of my children live far away. One of my children’s complaints about their grandparents was that they weren’t very connected with them. We lived in Montana and it...

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  • Kids, Adults and Pie

    Kids, Adults, and Pie In honor of the Great American Pie Month, I want to share a story that illustrates the difference between kids and adults. Understanding this can make all the difference in how much you enjoy being and working with them and it can also impact your enjoyment whenever you learn something new. I taught a class on pie making...

  • What’s a Mini-Conversation Anyway??

    We’re all looking for simple ways to connect with our families despite how busy life has gotten. One technique I really enjoy is that of mini-conversations. Conversing with children and teens can be fun, relaxing, and energizing and sometimes we learn something new. The purpose of a mini-conversation is to hear what your kids have to say and to make a...

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Mary Ann Johnson | Relationship Transformations for Busy Parents, 2017

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