The Most Important Decision We Make As Parents

The future depends on how we parent, so it’s our biggest responsibility. Too bad there’s no manual or required training. Here’s a key though. The most important thing we can do for our kids is to be good to ourselves, to enjoy life, and to […]

Let’s Let Our Partners Off The Hook

I met my first husband when we were in our early 20s, and I thought he was a young god. But when we married, neither of us was prepared. His father had died when he was four, and his mother when he was twelve – […]

I Woke Up On Patmos One Morning

On a trip to Greece, my husband and I island-hopped, which means arriving without a reservation for a place to stay, with just a small backpack and one other set of clothes. And using ferries to travel between the islands, where entrepreneur-ish elderly women are […]

What Language Is My Child Speaking?

As a mother of three boys, I would sometimes ask them during their adolescent years, “Are you practicing to be ventriloquists? Is that why you don’t open your mouths when you speak?” Eventually, I realized that, since teenagers are often expected to stop saying what […]

Books! Books! Books!

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. Available now on Amazon USA and Amazon UK.   […]

Kids Know That Love Is Unconditional, Even When We Forget

We never outgrow the basic need we had as children for love, expressed through concentrated attention, affection and unconditional acceptance. And we’re all walking around looking for it, all the time. Conditional acceptance doesn’t exist because love has no gray areas. And to love someone […]

25 Fast Facts About Prosperity

  Prosperity is not how much money we have, or what we’re wearing or driving, or how expensive our zip code is. Money and success are the results of prosperity, but they don’t determine it. What we believe about our deservability, and what we tell […]

Leap Year Magic

I proposed to my husband on Leap Year Day. That’s when tradition says that girls can ask boys. And Ron said Yes. We didn’t take any action at first. Then seven months later, he proposed to me, and I said Yes. With two Yeses, you […]

We Teach People How To Treat Us

One of my friends is regularly triggered by his wife. There’s one thing in particular that she does, which he habitually takes personally and then responds by acting as he’s been offended. She talks over him while he’s talking, especially in conversations with their friends. […]

How To Be A Hero

Joseph Campbell gave us a valuable description of the metaphorical hero’s journey. He said that we’ll first hear a calling, and we’ll always have a choice whether to surrender to it. There will be a threshold to cross, which will require unconditional commitment and separation […]