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  • March 13, 2014

    My fellow teachers…..

    Eight ways to make your wonderful job even more wonderful: 1. Never let an opportunity pass to compliment a parent about his or her child. 2. Speak highly of your students, even the child whose performance may leave much to be desired. 3. Find the gold, the raw talent, the innate potential, in every student, […]

  • August 10, 2013

    Love and truth……

    An offering of loving truth… Relationships are sweetened an enhanced when there is a mutual commitment to love and truth. They (love and truth) are foundational to trust, a cornerstone of family and community. Love and truth are pivotal to building meaningful history. They (love and truth) are both stepping stones and the pillars for […]

  • May 4, 2013

    Letters to young people…….

    Your parents are the most important people you will ever know. Get things right with them, and you’ll be poised for success. By “right” I mean embark on the ongoing journey to develop your skills by loving, honoring, enjoying, and negotiating with them. If you don’t, if you settle for on-going conflict, you will probably […]

  • April 9, 2013

    Authentic spiritual leadership……

    Counsel with your priest, rabbi, pastor, counselor….. Will almost always leave you feeling freer, more empowered, and with a greater appreciation for your skills and vast possibilities. I say “almost” because there will be times when, in response counsel, you will see the need for helpful introspection or the need for some radical personal changes. […]

  • March 12, 2013

    Conversations to “grow” your children…..

    A few ways to “grow” your sons and daughters – crucial conversations Talk about everything under the sun. Nothing about sex, money, death, grief, joy, pain, and fulfillment ought to take your children by surprise. Rid yourself of the oft-touted notion that men should talk to sons and mothers to daughters about sexual and intimate […]

  • January 20, 2013

    The irony is not lost on me…….

    Traps and misconceptions accompany a decade-plus of writing a daily newspaper column (read by hundreds of thousands of people in ‘hard copy’ and accessed online in 200 countries). Once revealed they are wise to avoid: 1.    Some readers believe that if you write and speak about parenting your children must be perfect. This, of course, […]

  • December 30, 2012

    What I have learned or re-affirmed in 2012

    It is a die-hard custom for columnist to “reflect” on the past year. Here are broad principles I have found to be true in 2012. I hope, readers in Southern Africa and elsewhere, that you will share yours with me via Email: 1. Life is simultaneously beautiful and brutal. It is wiser to embrace both […]

  • December 3, 2012

    Seven “AND” challenges we all face…..

    1.    Maintain both intimate, committed relationships AND casual relationships in a manner that they do not get in the way of each other. 2.    Maintain a career in order to support a family AND do so in a manner that is not costly to the family or to the career. 3.    Maintain an interest in […]

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