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Finding Gratitude in Moments of Inconvenience

Susan walked in the door from work, looking forward to nothing more than putting her feet up and petting the dog. No sooner had she hung up her coat than her middle schooler entered the family room with a look of consternation and guilt on his face. What now? she thought, feeling her moment of [...]

The Concrete Recall of Boys

Boys are concrete recallers.  Girls tend to attach much more emotional sensory detail to their memories, thus making the feelings associated with those memories come alive.  Boys remember what happened but are not as tied to how they felt when it happened.  This doesn't mean boys don't have feelings when things happen -- just that [...]

Teens: Why Do I Care What Other People Think?

I can just hear some of you insisting, “I don’t care what other people think!  I do whatever I want!”  There is a strong urge in adolescence to declare your independence and say you only care about your own opinion.  But be honest -- don’t you care what certain people think?  Most kids have a [...]

What the Media Tells Us About Love and Happiness

This is one of the Media's favorite paths to happiness.  If you can only find love, true love, you'll find happiness.  Of course, Media is also filled with the abject misery that falling in love can bring, as represented in big-screen films, newspaper stories, reality shows, magazine articles, and weekly sitcoms. Love and its promises [...]

How is Your Career Impacting Your Happiness?

Even with so many people engaged in academic pursuit, there is still a sizable segment of the population who foregoes postsecondary education and instead jumps headfirst into the world of work.  After that giddy, heady feeling of success and affirmation with the first job offer, comes the stark reality for many that you actually have [...]

When Teenagers Ask “Who Am I?”

One of the most important questions that teenagers grapple with during the time of adolescence is, “Who am I?”  Then, as they are answering the question, they also have to decide, “Do I love who I am?” Self-esteem during adolescence, as we all know, can take a pretty substantial beating.  I believe everyone, whether a [...]

What Does the Word “Support” Look Like in Your Family?

The secret to healthy kids can be found through a whole-person approach to the needs of your child.  By addressing the emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual needs of children, parents are able to provide a balanced, caring environment that contributes to lifelong happiness and health. I call this helping a child to SOAR.  As parents, [...]

Keeping Relationships on Neutral Ground

It was all the computer's fault, actually.  If the computer setup at the campaign headquarters had been better, Jim never would have suggested that he and Tracy go to his place to work on the leaflet.  But the computer at campaign headquarters was old and slow, and it had pitiful memory capacity.  His swank publishing [...]

The Quintessential Meaning of Intimacy

In one of the most moving books I’ve read, entitled Letters to an Unborn Child, David Ireland, disabled, confined to a wheelchair and terminally ill, wrote a series of letters to the unborn child he would never meet. While his wife was expecting, Ireland took the time to write letters to be read one day [...]

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Mentor and Monitor Your Child’s Relationships

As your child grows, he or she will come into contact with more and more people outside your family and circle of friends. They will meet coaches, teachers, other parents, other children, and other adults. They will encounter mentors and those they simply don’t like very well. In all of these relationships, your child is [...]