Hey! That’s not in the script!

About a year or so ago, I wrote a post about the difficulty DC has with using the telephone (Don’t forget to call Mom). We haven’t made all that much progress since that post but we continue to work at it. As I said in that post, he does know how to use the telephone, but he only uses it when he is told to. It is never spontaneous. Most of his calls are to me, to tell me he is leaving work and again to tell me that he is home....more

Come and visit me

When I was a little girl we would visit my father's extended family quite often. So often, that I was confused as to who my Mother's family was for a very long time. (I would wonder: Did she not have a family? Or was her family the same as Dad's family?) It took me a long time to realize that her family lived farther away....more
definitely in person meeting creates stronger bonds. Beautiful articlemore

Could You Work With Your Spouse?

I am spoiled. For several years I worked with my husband at the same company and now we work only a few blocks apart. This means that I am used to being able to have lunch with my wonderful husband on a frequent basis and that neither of us has to go out of our way to spend time together in the middle of the day....more
Yes. My husband and I met at work and still work together . Same company different departments. ...more

How To Develop A Customer Engagement Strategy

  What is customer engagement, and why is it needed? When looking at things from a marketing perspective, customer engagement is centred on strengthening your relationship with your current customers and building a relationship with new and potential customers. ...more

What your child's teacher wants to know

When I was in fourth grade, our house caught on fire. Happily, no one was hurt, but a great number of our possessions either had fire or smoke damage. My brother and I took off a few days from school as a result of our parents trying to figure out how to restore normality to our family....more

Four Things You Should Stop Doing if You Want Him to Open Up

One of the most common complaints I hear from women is that their husbands won't open up, or that they have no idea how much something is bothering him until he explodes. Clearly culture plays a role in this. Just like women feel an unspoken pressure to be beautiful, men feel an unspoken pressure to be unemotional. So we're starting with a stacked deck here, but there are a few things women do that make the circumstances even harder....more

If you're happy and you know it, tell your Mom

There are certain questions that I ask my son frequently:...more

Money Talks: How Being Silent About Finances Can Hurt Intimacy

Is discussing money a hot button subject at your house?Is your husband involved in business deals you don't understand?Even worse, does he withhold financial information when you ask for it?One of the women I interviewed for my book said, "He wants to have sex every night and I can't know what our net worth is? And I'm supposed to pretend it doesn't matter?"...more
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How to Talk With (and About) Autistic Human Beings

I’m currently in physical therapy to rehabilitate a surgically-repaired knee. The kind, competent therapists tend to make small talk, which invariably means fielding tentative, well-meaning questions about my autistic son. Which gives me the opportunity to model the way I'd like people talk and think about people like my Leo. ...more
Another one to add: Don't assume person-first language is the preferred language, and DON'T ...more

Parents just don't understand

On days of high stress at my office, my coworkers and I will message one another with phrases we've picked up from the younger members of our team: This meeting: I can't even.OR I literally can't with this person right now.OR ...more
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