Get To Know Us!

I’m American, and my husband, Ron, is from Amsterdam. So we straddle the ocean to keep up with family on two continents. We met in 1991, when I was turning forty and I’d been a single parent of my three sons for seven years. At that point, […]

Check Out Our Books!

Available early 2017: Live On Purpose!  By Grace de Rond and Ron de Rond As a guidebook for partnering, parenting and living well, Live On Purpose! wraps cutting-edge insights and step-by-step advice in humorous and heartfelt stories that empower as they entertain. Coming soon. Grace Notes: A Manual […]

Who’s Training Your Expectation?

People comprise endless possibilities. And whatever we see in them is a reflection of what’s active in us concerning them. So it helps to understand where we’re coming from, in our behavior toward others. Are we reacting from autopilot, based on expectations people have trained […]

How I Went From A Valiant To A Jeep

As a new single parent, I had to quickly get a car. My first choice was a soft-top Jeep Wrangler, because the family car I’d learned to drive on was a Wrangler and it was so much fun. Instead, I ended up with a ’68 […]

What’s Up With Today’s Super Sensitive Kids?

One of my friends recently took her three-year-old son to a sensory-friendly theater – where kids who are susceptible to sensory input, or who have trouble sitting still for long periods, can enjoy a movie in a safe, comfortable environment. The lights and sound are adjusted, […]

3 Steps To A Better Future

Sometimes, it seems like everything always goes wrong. And if that’s the case, we’ve probably been practicing unsupportive thought patterns so long that we’ve created a norm for ourselves that isn’t likely to result in another type of experience. If we make an effort to manage […]

My Huffington Post Interview

The Huffington Post asked to interview me for its Blended Families Feature in October, 2016. HuffPost: How many family members do you have? Grace: My husband, Ron, and I share four children. They’re adults now, and the guys have young children of their own. So we […]

Our Perceptions Are Planning Our Future

When I was nine, the poorest girl in my fourth grade class invited all of us to her birthday party, and everyone expressed excitement and agreed to come. On the day of the party, my best friend and I arrived on time, greeted her family, […]

Intuitive Intelligence

When my stepdaughter was ten, she walked into a local restaurant and asked the Greek owner if he would sell her an over-sized wooden rosary that he’d brought from his homeland and hung behind the sales register. She knew I’d seen it and liked it, […]

10 Things Good Communicators Do Well

1. They maintain their integrity. That means knowing what their true intention is, and saying and doing that instead of something else. My husband, Ron, was an altar boy from age seven to seventeen. Toward the end, he felt disheartened that so many churchgoers seemed […]

What Inspires Our Emotions?

One of my friends lost out on a promotion at work and felt betrayed by his company. And from that point on, he made sure to include a hint of his feeling of betrayal in every internal company message. He didn’t want anyone to not […]

Guilt Lets Us Do It Again

The summer that I was nine, I begged my parents to let me attend our church’s residential camp. The requirement for a discounted rate was to read The New Testament by a certain date, so I committed to do it. I procrastinated for weeks and […]

9 Things Our Children Need To Know

1. They are innately loved, lovable and loving. Our children need to feel that they matter to us, that they’re needed, and that they contribute to the quality of our lives. They need to feel useful. When I was a single parent, our toilet seat broke […]