7 Step Tool for Conflict Avoidance
In a recent communications training for Broward County, I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly O’Riain, a gentle-spirited man and Animal Care advocate. Kelly shared a Native American tool for conflict avoidance, called “7 Steps.” (more…)
64 Phrases to Brighten Every Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is here and now is a great time to remind mothers everywhere of how important they are. Here’s a list of positive phrases to share year round – phrases guaranteed to remind any Mom that she’s special. (more…)
Nine Secrets of the Body Language of Lovers
He loves me, he loves me not. She loves me, she loves me not. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could know for sure? Well, while there’s not one single way to tell if you hold his or her interest, or better yet his or her heart, there are many subtle and not so subtle clues offered through a person’s body language that speak much louder than words.
Speak in Love Languages this Christmas
My father grew up during the depression, so every Christmas he would receive a single orange. And to him, this was the whole world. He always loved receiving gifts, no matter how small. It didn’t matter if we drew him a picture or brought him back a seashell from the beach, he was happiest when we gave him gifts. Normally for Christmas we would get him a gift basket with a nice cheeseball and sausage, maybe a can of nuts, but one Christmas we decided to get him a whole bunch of presents; different items of clothing and accessories with his business logo. He was absolutely thrilled and said it was the best Christmas he ever had. (more…)
Sometimes “Helping” Doesn’t Help at All
Many times when family and friends try to “help” children (ages 13 and up) they are actually making it easier for them never to learn how to help themselves.
This baffling phenomenon is called “enabling,” which takes many forms, all of which have the same effect — allowing a person to avoid the consequences of his or her actions. This in turn allows children to continue merrily along their way, secure in the knowledge that no matter how much they mess up, somebody will always be there to rescue them from their mistakes. (more…)