The Value of Empathy in Parenting

Empathy is one of the most important tools that parents have in helping us to connect with as well as manage our children.  But it is also a tool that is frequently under-utilized and/or misunderstood. What is empathy? Empathy involves understanding another’s feelings.  It is related to, but different from compassion, sympathy, and/or pity.  Being … Read more

Happily Ever After…

From an early age, we are taught that once we fall in love we live happily ever after and ride off into the sunset with our perfect mate.  This kind of message often creates the misconception that relationship difficulties are abnormal and a sign that a relationship must be doomed.  In reality, relationship difficulties are … Read more

Listening Isn’t As Easy As It Seems

In all relationships, an important part of effective communication involves trying to understand where the other person is coming from and what they are feeling.  Thus, when communicating with your partner, children, friends, or colleagues, listening is often more important than talking.  Listening is not as easy as it seems; with a few useful tips … Read more