COMPLAINING OR USEFUL FEEDBACK? Point of view can make a difference…

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Complaint or Useful Information?


Has someone been complaining about your child?
Maybe it’s the neighbor who thinks there’s way too much noise in your home. Or the teacher who has let you know there are challenges at school and that your child needs to do the homework, be less talkative, comply with school rules, etc. Or perhaps it’s a complete stranger in the market, telling you to discipline your child!


Have some family members let you know that they have complaints about how you are raising your child? Complaints they feel the need to communicate to you loudly and frequently? With the implication that you can’t possibly be a good parent, since you obviously don’t know the “right” way to raise your child?

It can be tough being a parent. You do the very best you can, and you certainly don’t expect that others may think that your best efforts just aren’t enough.  Keep reading…..

IT’S NICE TO KNOW OTHERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOU! But, too much concern might make you want to fight or flee!

Someone in your life is concerned about your well-being. For the umpteenth time, that person has inquired about your well-being. At this point, what you’d really like to do is just say “STOP!” And you might just start feeling like … Keep reading…..

Words Really Do Matter! Which words we use, the tone of voice in which we say those words, and the body language that goes along with what we say. All of this matters – a lot!

Families sometimes forget how important those words are. After all, we’re family. We know we love and care about each other. We don’t have to watch our language, be careful about how we say things – right? Well……  maybe. Sometimes. … Keep reading…..

FAMILY COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES AND TIPS: Visiting with your family? Avoid the wars by doing something different!

Family communication challenges interest me. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much you’ve grown, how successful you’ve become – going “home” again can make you feel like that kid you once were! My article on that topic has been linked … Keep reading…..