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This Child Is Bullying – How Can I Help?

When a child is bullying, the way to help is to apply consequences and limits, right? Yes . . . and no.  Yes, you need to apply consequences and limits when a child is bullying.  No, because that's an incomplete solution. In addition to consequences and limits, it's important to get to the root of the bullying behavior. Here's how you can help.   First of all, stay in the solution, not the problem.  Next, it is important to … [Read more...]

Parenting SOS! – A Few of My Favorite Books

Not another parenting book!  As a family therapist who likes to empower parents to be confident and I often recommend one of the following parenting books.  I'm very picky about parenting books.  Many of them don't make it to my recommendations list mostly because they have what I call a "cookie-cutter" approach to parenting and to children. Each child is unique, created by God with a special combination of temperamental traits and gifts that … [Read more...]

6 Simple Communication Tips

Good communication between husband wife, parents and children, friends, co-workers and employes and managers is much more effective if one chooses to listen and talk from the heart. Here are 6 tips to help you talk and listen from your heart. Focus on feelings, not facts - No one can argue with feelings, but you sure can argue about the facts. Stick with your feelings by using the "I feel . . . " technique. Stick to what you know (“I” … [Read more...]

Loving Others Joyfully with our Gifts

As I write this, it is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, January 6, 2014, the day in the Roman Catholic calendar in which we commemorate the three magi paying homage to the baby Jesus lying in the wooden, hay-filled manger.  Prostrating themselves in reverence to their king, they joyfully offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. You probably remember that later in His life, Jesus said that we should see Him in all the lowly and … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to be Perfect

The past several posts we’ve been looking at several ways the Holy Family can inspire us to fill our homes with love and help our children learn to receive love and to give love.  We’ve done this by contemplating some of the scripture passage readings on the Feast of the Holy Family.   We’ve talked about parental unity and authority, the importance of humility and forgiveness, giving Christ our sufferings in order to allow his peace to control … [Read more...]