Sunday Dinner

Do you remember being a kid and all you could do on Sunday was go to church and then spend time with your family?I do!My very hardworking Mother would arrive home from 9AM mass, change out of her church clothes and into her cobbler apron and start preparing a delicious dinner that was promptly served at 1:00 sharp. Back then you could not go to the bank, grocery store or shopping mall as everything was closed.  Spending time with the family was all there was to do....more

How to communicate with our kids

What the world needs now, more than ever, is a new generation of kind, respectful, tolerant people to fix the damage caused by others, and the way to do that is to teach children the art of communication. As parents, we are our children’s first teachers. It is us who sets the ball rolling, long before school ever comes into play. And it is our job, as loving, responsible parents, to teach our children how to communicate with others. ...more

Political Noise

A friend of mine recently started a Facebook page called Political Noise. I wish he hadn't.Oh, I don't mind that he (mostly) keeps his political rants on a separate page from his puns, movie reviews, and discussions of pop culture. What I mind is the title. There's already too much noise in politics.So much noise that the signal can't get through....more

The Lost Art of a Two-Way Conversation

Did you ever try to talk with people who ask your advice, only to have them talk over you and negate every thought or tidbit you shared, or worse argue that what you are saying won’t work -  even if you are just chatting? Because hey you were sharing your thoughts per their request. I hate it when that happens. And listen, it’s not that I care if you take my advice or not - although I do care about you - it’s your need to shoot it down instead of just conversing. Graciousness is a good trait. ...more

Who are they talking to?

By now, I think I have mentioned that my son is a talker enough times that I will have to apologize to him when he turns into a teenager for labeling him that way....more

Relationship tips: Communication can be silent, just notice it

There was a moment right after our third daughter was born that I will never forget. Knowing everything I know now, it was a comedy. In the moment, it was one of the sweetest things I had experienced....more

Why I need my Mom to talk to me

I have a girl's weekend at the beach twice a year. It is a relaxing, wonderful time. We work on photo albums, read, catch up on each other's lives and enjoy too much good food. I'm trying to get my Mother to go with me next time and I may have finally won her over. ...more

Bombs Away: The Anatomy of a Text-Grenade

They say that the first step is admitting you have a problem. So, I have a problem. I’ve tried to stop on my own but this thing is bigger than I am—I can stop, I just can’t stay stopped. Every time I do it, I wake up the next morning remorseful and I swear that I’ll never do it again. But then I do....more

Relationship Destroying Behavior: 6 Tips for Defending Against Defensiveness

There are four behaviors so deadly to a relationship, be it a romantic, familial, or business, that they have been called ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ by relationship expert, John Gottman, Ph.D. This is the third in a series of articles devoted to understanding the impact of each of these behaviors. I’ve included tips, tools and strategies to help you reduce the impact of the behaviors, which are:...more