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  • September 24, 2014

    To all the girls I know, and the BILLIONS I don’t……

    Without exception every one of you is gifted, talented, uniquely curious. You are to be treasured. Believe your parents or care-givers or teachers when they express something similar. It’s not just “adult talk.” It is not said just to get you motivated. Talent, power, and bravery are divinely endowed. They are yours. They are in […]

  • September 24, 2014

    Authentic friendships…..

    “Iron sharpens iron,” says the Proverb. Or, real friends help make us into better people than we are. They challenge us. They are unafraid to engage in necessary conflict with us because they know it is born in the desire of finding deeper connection, greater love. They are unimpressed with our pretensions. They see beyond […]

  • 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, […]

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