Re-entry + Time = Conflict

I seem to be swimming in re-entry these days. For me, I’ve been struggling with re-entry into blogging.  The longer I’ve procrastinated (+time), the more conflict that seems to take place in my mind.  You know the kind where you carry on a conversation with yourself .  The voices go something like “once I get this […]

When Tempers Flare (Part 2)

In looking at taming the wild beast within us so that we don’t wound the ones we love, we need to look at the goal of the relationship. What is that goal?   To get your way?  To make sure the other person does what you ask them?  To win?  To make sure you are […]

When Tempers Flare (Part I)

Nothing spurs me on more than interacting with a wife and mother who “gets it”.  Notice I didn’t say, “always gets it right”.  It’s just that she recognizes that something needs to change in the communication with her husband.  And if this mom had teenagers, I’m guessing she would become painfully aware of how communication […]

Dare 23 – The Respect Dare for parents of 20-Somethings – Are You Awfulizing?

Sitting at lunch with Brenda, Nadine couldn’t keep herself from telling her woes.  “I’m just wondering if he will ever graduate from college, let alone get a job!  He’s changed his major three times.  At this rate he’ll be paying off school loans until he’s 40! She paused briefly to take a sip of water. […]

Dare 22 – The Respect Dare – A Gift for You and Your 20-Somethings

Marian walked into the basement looking at all the boxes. Her kids were grown and no longer lived at home, but their stuff still had residence. Not only were there memories galore, but college textbooks, furniture she had saved for their first apartments, and even clothes that her girls had not wanted to part with. […]

Dare 21 – The Respect Dare – Another Request?!? For Parents of 20-Somethings

Standing in the laundry room after a few days out of town, Anita was amazed at the piles of laundry that still needed washed, dried, folded, and put away. “This will take me hours!” she voiced to no one who could hear. Having just moved the second load into the washer, she was wistfully looking […]