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How To Reduce Conflict With Your Kids (EXPERT)
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How To Reduce Conflict With Your Kids (EXPERT)

“You’ve got to accentuate the positive.”  (Song by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, 1944)   A positive attitude (or even a less negative attitude) has the potential to change lives.  This old song lyric came to mind while reading The Roller-Coaster Years – Raising Your Child Through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle School Years (Gianetti & Sagarese).  This is a fascinating book for parents of 10-15-year-olds, and for parents who want a gl

10 Agendas Of Divorcing Couples [EXPERTS]
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10 Agendas Of Divorcing Couples [EXPERTS]

When a couple goes through a divorce process, many times there is the assumption by various divorce professionals involved with them that they are seeking a divorce. While on some level that may be true, it is frequently far from being their main goal. Quite often the true agenda is hidden, disguised, or not clearly stated. In my experience these agendas represent 80% of the divorce process, while the actual tasks are no more than 20% of work.

Speak Up & Tell Your Truth
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Speak Up & Tell Your Truth

Too many people go through their lives without saying how they feel, what they want and what they really think. They do so to keep the peace, to please or gain approval or because they’re worried they’ll lose the one they love if they don’t remain silent. Have you lost your voice?

5 Reasons Why Warnings Backfire
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5 Reasons Why Warnings Backfire

Adults love to give kids warnings when a rule is broken and would love to believe warnings are a highly compassionate method of parenting, a reflection of our loving and kind humanity. But guess what? Warnings may be the farthest thing from true compassion. Though almost always well-intentioned, warnings will routinely backfire. Here are the main reasons why:

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I'm sorry!
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4 Ways To Say You're Sorry

When tension arises, are you the person who's quick to apologize, wanting to sweep everything under the rug so the tension goes away? Or, are you the one who tends to hold that hurt for a while, allowing the offensive words to gain a life of their own?

What's The Secret To Being A Great Parent? (EXPERT)
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What's The Secret To Being A Great Parent? (EXPERT)

There are no secrets to being a ‘good’ parent. There are no truly “new” ideas out there. It’s all about a few basic principles: respect, responsibility, truth, flexibility, resilience, courage. Show it in words and actions so your kids know exactly how it looks and sounds. Those are the building blocks. Do them with greater and greater frequency and watch things change.

How ADHD Taught Me To Take My Foot Out Of My Mouth
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How ADHD Taught Me To Take My Foot Out Of My Mouth

This was a difficult blog post for me to write because it caused me to remember some of those embarrassing moments in which I have  put my own foot into my mouth and felt like the woman in this photo.   Whether or not you have ADHD, I am sure we can all look back over a time when we wished we had not blurted something out while at a meeting or social engagement.  But for individuals with ADHD, this problem can create a lot of anxiety and stress around business and social functions.  In addition, the inability to read social cues

Why You Live with a mate that is unemotional
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Why You Live with a mate that is unemotional

Living with a mate who doesn’t express emotions can be one of the most difficult challenges of your life.  No matter how much you try to speak to your mate, it’s like you’re speaking to a wall. As one mate said, “Living with my unemotional husband is like living in two different worlds.”  Another said, “It’s worse than living in a prison or taking care of another child.” If you wonder why you live with someone who does not fulfill your emotional needs or you work so hard to make the relationship work with little to show for it, he

Love & Drugs: 6 Reasons Your Teen Is Abusing Drugs [EXPERT]
In spite of drug education, teens continue to use and abuse drugs.
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Love & Drugs: 6 Reasons Your Teen Is Abusing Drugs

You need to know know why kids use, what the warning signs are, and what to do about it. If you have any inklings, doubts or concerns about the possibility that your child may be using, YOU MUST TAKE ACTION. If you are wrong, so be it. And if you are right, the sooner you intervene, the better the chances are for recovery. You don't want to take a 'wait and see' parenting approach with this.