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Helping Kids Deal With Trauma

Today, yet another mass killing took place at a Texas church.  One of those was the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor.  You may be asking, “How do I  help my child deal with public trauma?” First, recognize your own response to the event. What can you do to minimize the trauma for yourself? Talk with […]

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Haunting Words from a Child

In my late teens, I worked at a grocery store after school.  I would get off at 10:00 PM.  I’d grab a treat and settle in for some late night TV.  Often, there would be a scary movie.  By the end of the movie, I would be too afraid to move off the couch.  I […]

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BITS OF TIME

We take care of our two-year-old granddaughter during the week. I work at home which means I don’t work at home :).   I’ve always been one that needs a big block of time in order to write something.  Now my block has been shattered to bits! I’ve learned to be productive in little spaces of […]

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THE BEST FATHER’S DAY GIFT

There are some people you just cannot buy for, fathers included. Mother’s Day buying is so simple. Sometime the gift giving is a challenge because we really do not know our Dads. I did not really know my Dad very well. He was old enough to be my grandfather. About the time my youngest brother […]

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The Supreme Court: An Illustration of Family

  The death of Antonin Scalia has had a profound effect on the Supreme Court. He was one of the most vocal justices on the court.  Without him, the Supreme Court “family” changed.  People like Justice Thomas spoke for the first time in ten years during a session!  He is trying to fill the gap […]

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Relationship Growth Through Differences

When it comes to relationships, what color is your shamrock?  St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here when everything turns green.  Did you know that Irish Catholics wear green and Irish Protestants wear orange? 1 Having differences are okay as long as we can accept them and even realize growth from them. Our two boys […]

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You + Others = Happy!

Someone commented on the title of this blog, “Relationships Rock!” She said, “Yes, if they are good relationships!”  I suppose that’s true.  Have you ever thought about how good relationships add to your happiness? Conversely, how would your happiness be affected without these relationships? Consider these points: Relationships bring meaning – Being with others gives […]

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Labor Day and the Work of Relationships

  Sometimes we look to accomplish something without working for it; diets for example.  Have you been down the diet section of a bookstore lately?  There are rows of great ideas to lose weight, many of them the “easy” way.  You probably couldn’t sell a book called, “The Hard Work of Losing Weight.”  Let’s face it; […]

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What Was I Thinking?!

      I have been a husband for a long time (No, I’m not going to tell you for how long!).  You would think I would know better than to trip a marital landmine.  The problem is that I am an external processor (see my blog “Communication Styles” .  When my brain processes, my […]

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Our Latest Parenting Class at Love, INC Beaverton

I just completed the “Becoming A Love & Logic Parent” series at Love, INC Beaverton.  What a great group of parents and kids!  The class learned a lot about parenting by sharing their experiences each week while using the Love & Logic tools.  We are planning to start a monthly Parent Connection beginning in September […]

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