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communication

A new norm: 12 ways to thrive as a suddenly-at-home parent

Wow! Within the last week, thousands of schools were closed, and a multitude of parents became “suddenly-at-home” parents. From being told to work from home (if that is even an option) and now being responsible for “homeschooling” your kids, most parents are just trying to figure out the next step. If this is you, you are not alone. Many parents have more questions than answers. We are striving to find some sort of norm, giving more screen time than usual, searching for toilet tissue, and[...]

You’re not listening to me: 3 reasons why your kid doesn’t want to talk to you (+ what you can do improve)

One challenge of being a mom is creating a relationship where our children want to talk to me. Those days of constant chatter about everything from their latest poop to their biggest dream when our children were little, seem so fleeting. I had no idea just how much I would miss the oversharing of my little fellas. Now with our fellas older, I find myself hunting for the right question. You know the one question that would lead to them sharing the details of their day. The one question that would get more[...]

Moving forward: 3 healthy responses to offense in marriage

Offenses don't just happen in your marriage; offenses occur in all marriages. You are not alone. But how do you respond? Are you the angry wife? You know, the one who stomps around your home angrily cleaning hoping your spouse will get the hint. Are you the dangerous wife? The one who uses offense as ammo, shooting down any attempt of intimacy. Are you the controlling wife? The one who refuses to do anything or give anything unless everything goes your way. Are you the loving wife? Oh, she's the one[...]

The Good Wife: 3 signs you are nagging wife (+what you can do to change)

When are you going to pick up your socks?You bought all these groceries but didn’t pick up the one thing I wanted.Why am I the one who is always helping the kids with their homework?That’s not how it’s done.Nag. Nag. Nag. Does this sound like you? Oh, it sounded like me, alright. Even though I desired to be a loving wife, I didn’t realize somewhere along the way I became the nag. Every day I woke up decided today I would be loving, I would be kind, and I would NOT fuss. I would make up my mi[...]

One unit: 3 Essential elements for productive family meetings

Now that school is in full swing in our house, family meetings are an essential part of our weekly routine. Between two working parents and three boys who are active in school and the community, we all need to be on the same page. Family meetings are an excellent time to talk about what we are doing, what we need to do, what we want to do and what’s working as a team. So why a family meeting? Consistent and effective family meetings can increase independence, promote responsibility, provide accountability[...]