Words standing alone, are useless. When put into a context, matched with a tone of voice and the underlying intention of the speaker, they can lift you up to the peak of happiness or they can bring you crashing down into the depths of despair. Words are powerful tools; and when you use them with your children, you can make or break their spirit; because children listen to what you say. Continue reading
When you become a parent, you are given the most important role you will ever have; to mold another human being from their first breath. You have the amazing ability to influence your child’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors and beliefs about themselves and their world. Life becomes about giving your child the best possible chances in life and doing whatever it takes to raise them to be happy, hopeful, and joyful adults.
You have the power to create a safe and secure environment or one that is fear-based and unreliable. You are the one who has the chance to teach your child the value or self-respect, resilience, fidelity, respect for others and what it means to be a kind, compassionate and giving person. You are the one who can ground your child in religion, faith and/or spirituality, or not. Continue reading
Really? That’s all you have to say? Lie number four focuses on the “easy out” you give yourself when you are asked to explain why something has happened. Even when people are voluntarily in a therapeutic setting, this is the first thing that flies out of their mouth when inquiry occurs about an obstacle. This lie is regurgitated so often and by so many, that saying it somehow becomes acceptable. Kids do it all the time when they don’t want to get in trouble after they have gotten caught for doing something they shouldn’t have. But this lie, as adults use it, isn’t about getting caught; it’s about what you are willing to do to uncover what lies beneath and defines how willing you are to be honest with yourself. Check out lie number four. Continue reading