Sitting in a counselor’s office as an early 30-something, I remember the psychologist introducing me to the conflict triangle. It appeared that I had been part of one since childhood without even understanding how I was participating. What I discovered was that when the two people in my life were in conflict, I was the emotional support for both […]
Let’s face it, most of us have emotional outbursts from time to time. Even if not openly for everyone to hear, at least internally where we tell ourselves that the person who has “hurt” us is in the wrong. Hopefully we don’t go into this mode as often as our teens, but we do have […]
Several years ago, when I was at my wits end with one of my kids, someone recommended a book When I Lay My Isaac Down by Carol Kent. I’ve often thought about that title and how it applies to our daily lives, especially as we parent. With more than a decade since I read her book, […]
The word validation has been cropping up everywhere I turn for the past two weeks and it is a piece of Dare 13. It’s something that I’ve struggled with for years. I always thought empathy and validation were essentially the same thing. I tended to be pretty good on the empathy front so I assumed that […]
I’ve had lots of conversations with parents about respect. The first thing many ask is “How do I get my kid to respect me?” It is certainly a challenge in today’s culture. Disrespect is the norm. Rather than integrity being at the core of what society teaches, it has become who is the best at […]
“F-You,” came the shocking words flung in anger from her 12 year old son. It was the first time his mom had heard words like that come out of his mouth.