Our families are where we first learn how to understand and relate to ourselves and others.  As parents, we can feel a huge amount of pressure to get it right - sometimes we believe that to be a good parent we have to be a perfect parent.  This is not true! ...
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It’s so much easier to do what we’ve always done in our lives.  It’s comfortable and familiar.  Our complex brains like it because they know what to expect.  They can be resistant to change or unpredictability and see new experiences or ways of thinking ...
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Do you remember doing a science experiment at school where the teacher poured iron filings on to the table and then held a magnet near them?  All the filings were immediately drawn to the magnet, covering it until it looked like a fuzzy little creature. We can feel a bi...
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Write It Out

April 22, 2021
Have you ever had one of those days when you just feel out of sorts?  You can't quite put your finger on it but you feel unsettled, you’re struggling to focus. You might even feel a bit down, overwhelmed or confused. Often when we feel this way, we white-knuckle it th...
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This One Small Change Can Transform Your Relationships

This year I have been saddened to see a number of married couples considering separating because they don’t believe they can resolve their communication issues.  Sometimes it seems as if they are speaking different languages!  One person might say something and t...
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I have vivid, wonderful memories of childhood days engrossed in a book, transported to another world!  As an adult, unfortunately my time for being whisked away by great fiction is a lot less but I still believe in the immense power of a great book. Here are some of the...
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How To Argue Well

March 17, 2021
I’m right, you’re wrong!You always do this!You never listen to me!I don’t want to talk about it! Do these sound familiar?  In the middle of a heated argument, kindness and respect can quickly be replaced with blame and hurt. It doesn’t have to be that way! ...
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Anna is a mother of two beautiful boys with cognitive and physical challenges. She used to be an artist but gave it up to focus on being a full-time mother soon after her children were born.  Five years ago, both of her parents died within a few months of each other and...
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You are not your feelings. We often identify so closely with our feelings that we believe we are them.   I am happy.I am sad.I am lonely....
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When Satya Nadella took over Microsoft in 2014, he set out to transform the company’s infamous toxic culture of hostility, infighting, and backstabbing.  To start, he gave each member of his senior leadership team a copy of the book “Nonviolent Communication” by M...
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