Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone – only to discover a)he/she isn’t listening at all 2) he/she is distracted by technology or c) he/she is already getting defensive even before you start to speak?
If so, you’re certainly not alone (and, let’s face it, you’ve probably been a less-than-attentive listener, too!). In fact, lots of folks who come through my office complain about not feeling “heard,” and the lack of communication is creating pretty intense…Continue
We’ve all heard of the “power of positive thinking.” But sometimes it’s just hard to turn that frown upside down.
So what then?
Sometimes negative feelings persist.
Now, let me be clear. I am not talking about emotions like hopelessness, despair or worthlessness. These are referred to as “empty emotions” and can be signs of depression that need to be treated.…Continue
I was standing in a hallway of a restaurant waiting for my turn to use a women’s restroom. The door was locked and within 10 seconds it opened and a lady appeared. She looked at me and said “I’m sorry.” And I thought … for what?
Why would this person think to say she was sorry in this situation?
It turns out that women believe that being apologetic is a way to demonstrate that you are being polite. And saying sorry means that you aren’t being…Continue
Being a teenager can be confusing — it’s a time filled with significant changes, growth and uncertainty.
It’s easy to forget what that felt like. And this can impact your ability to communicate with your teen. Your world view is so different.
Here are a few tips that I found online that can perhaps help you to bridge the communication divide with your teenager.…Continue