Leaky Pipes, the F-Bomb, and Better Communication

By |2017-12-17T15:07:51+00:00April 30th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|Tags: |

Twenty-four years ago, my husband and I took on a problem we never saw coming. Acidic well water.  In a house without a water treatment system.  How were we to know that the refreshing water in our new home came from a highly acidic aquifer? We didn’t. So we enjoyed years and years of lovely well [...]

7 Communication Potholes that Can Seriously Damage Your Relationship

By |2017-12-17T15:04:11+00:00February 17th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , |

A pothole can be your car’s worst enemy (Tuffy Tire & Auto Service).       What Can Be Your Relationships Worst Enemy? It just may be your habitual communication style… Some of us may be traveling a rough relationship road today – because of something we said or didn’t say. Tactless communication purposely or carelessly created [...]

Relationship Footprints: What Story Do Your Choices Tell?

By |2017-12-17T15:02:14+00:00August 28th, 2013|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , |

Choices are like footprints On a recent vacation, I spotted these footprints in the sand along the coast of Lake Michigan.  With no other people in sight, I still knew something about the people who left the footprints.  They were heading north.  Under the overcast sky, I had an epiphany… our choices are like [...]

What Can Veterans Day Teach Us About Relationships?

By |2017-12-17T14:55:40+00:00November 11th, 2012|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , |

Veterans Day traces its origin to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  At this hour, the Allies and Germany agreed to a cease fire on the Western Front.  Although some fighting continued in other areas, it became the date that  the “war to end all wars” ended. Celebrated as [...]

How to Rescue Relationships with Mindful Communication

By |2017-12-17T14:44:39+00:00July 30th, 2012|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , |

Much can be damaged or lost by mindless communication. Ever feel like you engage your mouth before engaging your mind? Ever send a seemingly brilliant email, and later realize some of its content may be offensive to the receiver? Relationships are unintentionally damaged by words, body language, and tones of voice. Jobs are lost. Political campaigns end prematurely. Credibility suffers. All because of mindless communication.

How to Improve Communication with Teenagers

By |2017-12-12T21:40:59+00:00June 20th, 2012|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Last Friday night, my teen daughter and I watched as Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  For too many parents, talking to teenagers can feel like walking on a tightrope (minus a safety tether).  How can you avoid this feeling and find a connection with adolescents?  Here are some suggestions to help keep your [...]

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