Over the years, I’ve had many clients who have difficulty asking for what they need. And our work around that involves more than just finding an understanding of why that happens. Insight is nice – but tends not to quite be … Keep reading…..
It appears like a shot out of nowhere. That sudden angry outburst arising from a seemingly cheery, pleasant conversation. “There you go again!” or “I knew it! You just couldn’t keep your mouth shut!” Or – some other expression of … Keep reading…..
My college major was special education. I loved learning about and working with kids who learned differently. Kids who didn’t quite know how to do things “right.” My friends and I were full of pride and passion about our ability to … Keep reading…..
Have you ever noticed that some folks just seem to breeze through those challenging moments that would make you just want to explode? Have you ever wondered how they manage to do that? I suspect that these “Teflon people,” who let … Keep reading…..
My favorite coffee mug has this inscription, “if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done!” That sentence defines many parts of my life. And, usually, that’s fine with me. But, sometimes, I just don’t want to be the one … Keep reading…..
Overheard at the mall: “She’s just gonna do it again! It always happens, so why should I go?” And, the reply: “Because you just have to!” (A conversation between two 30-something women that seemed to be about attending a family event.) … Keep reading…..
Have you ever listened to two or more people doing what I call “parallel arguing?” Each person is so invested in making that all-important point, that no one hears anyone else! I’ve been spending way too much time lately listening … Keep reading…..
Recently, I’ve been reflecting on family connections – mine and others. Some families really seem to get along well, have a collective sense of humor and mutual understanding, resolve differences eventually, and stay connected across miles and generations. Those are … Keep reading…..
Sometimes, it’s not about you…. or about me….. Sometimes, that person who ignored us, was rude to us, was dismissive, may just be acting from a place neither you nor I can see at that moment. And, sometimes, it just … Keep reading…..
It was supposed to be just an ordinary conversation. All you really wanted was to get your point across – quietly and without conflict. But, suddenly, there you are again – in the middle of an argument you’d planned to … Keep reading…..