Feelings

The other day I had a young child say to me, when I do something that upsets someone else, I have so many emotions all at once; embarrassment, frustration, sadness, shame and worry. That’s empathy and self-awareness at its core I said. You are connected to what you feel, but you are also attuned to…

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Love and Appreciate One Another

When was the last time you thought about what you loved most about your loved ones? Or, the last time you looked at your spouse with fondness and admiration for what is good about them instead of what isn’t? When was the last time you looked at your child and thought about how much joy…

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Parenting Myths Part 3

“Always put your children’s needs ahead of your own.” If you have ever traveled by plane, you have heard the attendants preparing us for take off by using the infamous phrase, “Should our aircraft at any time lose air pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. Please place the oxygen mask over your own…

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Parenting Myths Part 2

“Children Should Never See Their Parents Argue.” Children need good examples of how to put words on their angry and hurt feelings. Too often parents try to hide behind closed doors when having a disagreement. The truth is every relationship encounters strong emotions and conflict is a healthy part of all relationships. It is important…

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Parenting Myths Part 1

This past month I was asked to speak about 6 myths most parents have about Parenting. The first myth was entitled,“Bribery is Bad for Children.” My first thought when I read this was, aren’t we all driven by reward? Children and adults alike like being rewarded for good behavior. Is that not what receiving a…

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Life Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

We pray and still, sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. We then wonder “Why?” Is this a lesson God is trying to teach me? Was it something I did that I am now paying for? The truth is we don’t always understand the “why” for what happens to us in this life. As Christians, we…

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More Marital Myths

More on the misconceptions of marriage and the advice we all receive from loved ones. Are they fact or fiction? Probably one of the most commonly heard pieces of marital advice that we hear before we get married is “never go to bed angry.” Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, even this one can get us…

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Marital Myths

As many of you may have read, I am beginning a series on the misconceptions of marriage.  I was asked to speak about this recently and it seems many people struggle with pieces of advice that don’t always pan out. The second myth I spoke about was “Love is all you need.” The truth is,…

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Marriage Misconceptions

Recently I was asked to speak about the misconceptions people have in marriages. They wanted to know what was true and what was not, in terms of the time honored advice that we all get from loved ones about what we should expect in a marriage. Well, the first one I was asked about was…

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Positive Thoughts

We are all equipped with the innate ability to feel compassion and altruism toward others, right? If that is the case, why is it so hard to feel this supposed natural emotion when we are mad at someone? Its like compassion is turned off like a switch, the moment we get offended or hurt. Although,…

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