10 Tips for What Comes After the Divorce Talk

It is estimated that 1 million children a year experience the effects of parental separation, and these children can become the often-overlooked casualties of divorce. The homes they live in may be sold; they may have to change schools and say goodbye to friends; their lives are basically turned upside down. Having the divorce talk with children can […]

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The Drama Game: In the Role of Victim . . .

When the drama game is going on in your life, personally or at work, there are often three distinct and easily recognizable roles being played. According to Dr. Stephen G. Karpman’s Drama Triangle, the victim role is below the other two roles of persecutor and rescuer. Once the drama gets going, we can slip back […]

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No Holiday from Grief

For those experiencing the sorrow of grief, whether through death, separation, divorce, illness, job loss or relocation, the glittering commercialism and unrelenting cheer of the holiday season can be stressful. Whether your grief is new has been around awhile, typical activities around the holidays can trigger reactions of sadness, anger, frustrations, isolation (even in groups […]

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9 Steps to Recycling the Past for a Better Future

I was looking for some promotional materials this morning – specifically folios or notebooks that my clients can use to keep track of their progress toward their goals and the future they choose for themselves. A recycled padfolio with an eco-pen caught my eye. It contained a pad with recycled paper and the padfolio cover […]

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Compassionate Connection: Do This Not That

Most of us have friends, family, and colleagues to which we feel a connection at some level. We are born with the capacity to be compassionate, and when people come to us with a problem, it’s easy to choose behaviors that—although well-meaning and compassionate—actually serve to block us from really hearing what is going on with that other person.  Part […]

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Empty Nesting: The Parent Transition

From the moment they arrive on the planet, just inches long and utterly dependent, our children occupy a place in our hearts deeper than most any other relationship. We nurture, guide, feed and protect them for years. The relationship brings us a complex mixture of joy, fear, happiness, frustration, sadness, delight, anger, pride and love. […]

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Empathy: If the Shoe Fits . . .

Empathy— that ability to walk in another person’s shoes and not get blisters from the effort. Ok, to be less metaphorical, empathy is that quality of recognizing and understanding another person’s desires, beliefs and emotions. It is a critical skill, with which some people seem born, though everyone can learn empathy if they care enough […]

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Tips for Attracting Abundance

There’s a spring in Clara’s step, and she simply radiates positive, upbeat, can-do energy. She’s “in the flow.” She is described as “lucky.” Good things continue to happen in her work and personal life with seeming effortlessness. Contrast this with Maureen, who puts in twice as many hours at work—super-long, hard hours every day—yet rarely […]

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15 Questions to Better Communication

Nearly every contact we make involves communications skills. Speaking and listening, our attitude, speech patterns, the words we use, the tone of our voice, our body language – even the silences and spacing of words all play a part in the ultimate success of our communications. Great communicators are aware of how all of these […]

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