It's Okay That We're Different

I've written before about the many ways in which my husband and I have different preferences. ...more

Being Unappreciated: Don't Smile Through it!

So, yesterday I had one of my only true friends absolutely ruin the only two days I'm going to get with her for months, and I realised that maybe I should take a step back and evaluate what our relationship truly is like.  ...more

The Never-Ending Battle

Do you have an unsolved problem with your spouse, one that has left you feeling perpetually resentful, mistreated, or hopeless? ...more

It's Not Just the Kids Fighting: How to End that Family Feud this Christmas

The holiday season is a time for family and fun, feasting and festivities.But what if you're in a situation where things aren't all that friendly?Getting together with relatives can be incredibly stressful when there's a history of conflict.  So often we say we want to 'make up', but our words and actions indicate otherwise.You know how it goes - All 'nicey nice' to people's faces and then more bickering and complaining behind closed doors....more

It's true: Your teen isn't listening to you

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper)....more

Pattern Interruption in the Workplace

So you are frustrated with your direct reports. You can’t seem to get to the bottom of their gossiping and slacking off at work. You have talked to each one separately and no one is willing to say what is really going on.Pattern Interrupt is the way to go.Normally you call together a team and ask “what is going on” and you do the same thing with the individuals to no avail....more

'Sick Husband' Blues

NaBloPoMo ~ January 28, 2014 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Which of your responsibilities stress you out the most?~~~~~~~~...more

The War Room

Daily Prompt: Conflictedby michelle w. on November 2, 2013You’re in the middle of a terrible argument, and everyone turns to you to help resolve it. How do you respond? How do you react to conflict?Photographers, artists, poets: show us a CONFLICT________________________________________________...more

Conflict on the Four-Square Court

We all experience conflict at some point or another in our lives.  Sometimes it’s disastrous conflict, sometimes it’s little and to others, it seems completely insignificant…. but it means a lot to us, no?I teach elementary school kids, young ones — kindergarten to grade 3, and I see this exemplified every single day.  I’ve tried countless times to explain the difference between tattling and reporting, but I still hear the tattles every day, after each recess.Tattling — your purpose is to get someone else in trouble.  The end....more