All posts tagged: Relationships

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

33 Fast Facts About Love

In every interaction, we’re all asking the same question: “Will you show me what real love is?” Whether we’re creating a special dinner or starting an argument, we’re looking for an opportunity to share love. If we don’t love ourselves first, no one else will […]

Why “Romance Phase” Doesn’t Last

Romance phase is, by nature, temporary. And it often ends painfully. Like yanking a band-aid off – skin, scab and all. My husband and I had a fabulous romance phase. I was helping to renovate a building and spending a lot of time in the […]

Gifting And Getting Feedback

I was sitting in the yard one day when my seven-year-old son came out of the house and sat down beside me. I kept looking at his face, thinking that something looked different. Then I realized he’d just shaved his eyebrows off. And I was […]