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Now That You're a Stepmom: Tips of the Trade

Erin Careless | Posted 08.28.2015 | Divorce
Erin Careless

We stepmoms can sometimes get lost in the day-to-day... pick-ups, drop-offs, dinner, money... the "who-is-going-to-be-where-and-when." When we get lost, it helps to have a few tips -- some step-life strategies -- in your back pocket (or your tote, or your beaded clutch).

You Do Not Have to Be Good

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 08.24.2015 | Women
Caroline Garnet McGraw

As women, we've been conditioned to be 'good' and put others first. Over time, it becomes unconscious, automatic. Then, when we secretly feel depleted and angry, we wonder what's wrong with us. Good girls don't get resentful ... right?

I Disappeared for Five Years -- Now What?

Eva Papp | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Eva Papp

Dear Eva: For the past five years I have literally and figuratively disappeared from my family and friends. I lost all contact with them, no calls, e...

The Conversation We Need to Have After John Oliver Exposed the Lack of Sexual Education in Schools

Mike Domitrz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Mike Domitrz

While not everyone will be a fan of the way he presents the information, John Oliver brings forth a poignant conversation we need to be having -- both as parents and as communities (school systems).

Essential Guidelines For Introverts Living In An Extrovert's World

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

As an introvert and recovering co-dependent with this underlying desire to "please" people, there were times where I really felt unsettled and out of control. Here are a few general guidelines that I've found work for me to help maintain a balance between social connection and alone time:

You Don't Owe Anyone An Interaction

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women
Caroline Garnet McGraw

Will some people have hurt feelings if you decline their invitations and delete their messages? Probably. That's tough to accept, but the alternative is worse. Trying to manage other people's emotions while tuning out your own is exhausting. It harms your health and your relationships.

The Healthy Habit One-Two Punch Every Female Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed

Katerina Pozzi Baratta | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Katerina Pozzi Baratta

I was exhausted. I was in the middle of a 4-year grad program, and I was sick and tired of doing what other people told me to do.

What Battles Are You Fighting With Your Kids?

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

My teenage son said to me the other day, "Mom, I don't get it. Sometimes you're totally chill, and then sometimes you want to know everything. You need to trust me. I'm not crazy, you know."

What to Do and What Not to Do?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

I do not drink much water. I do not like to drink water even though I should drink a lot because I have a kidney problem. Still, I do not drink much w...

Unconventional Boundaries

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Nathan Timmel

Some people won't understand a grown man sitting on the floor in Target shaking pill bottles with his daughter. But some will. Here's to hoping there are more of the latter on this planet than there are the former.

Boundaries

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.31.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Importance of Having Boundaries in Your Relationships

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Geri Spieler

Remember, setting boundaries isn't selfish. It builds self-esteem. But it usually takes encouragement to make yourself a priority and to persist.

Booting People Out of Your Life? Some Must Go -- Some Have Time Limits

Greg Frucci | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg Frucci

The cool thing about this process is now you have a way to recognize the ones who truly are toxic and the ones who we just need to put a little distance between us and them. You can boot someone off forever.

Why It's OK to Be the Bad Guy

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Kara Post-Kennedy

We teach our kids to share, especially with children who may have less than they do. We teach our kids to cooperate and compromise, especially if they have a tendency to bully for their own way.

Why it's Important to Have Boundaries in Relationships

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Jennifer Twardowski

It's important because it separates our experience from other people's experiences. It's important because it allows us to take better care of ourselves -- emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually -- so we feel so much less stressed, overwhelmed, and out of balance.

Breaking Down the Walls

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

One has to be aware of the duality of boundaries. Built out of necessity, they often serve as protection, but the same boundary can become an impediment over time. Where in your life have your once needed boundaries turned into barriers? What walls have you built that now need to come down?

Who's YOUR State's Prime Mascot? Confronting Local Terms Outside Their Normal Homes

Eric McAfee | Posted 05.06.2015 | Weird News
Eric McAfee

When a localized slang term pops up in a habitat far removed from its own, it will cause some heads to turn. And that's exactly what happened along a fairly busy stretch of highway.

The Pit Bull at the Gate

Doug Kreeger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

The first time I experienced sex I was too young to understand what the act was, let alone how to process the complex emotions of what was happening. ...

Radio Silence

Kate Byrne | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

There are a whole lot of things going awry in the world -- the world at large as well as our individual worlds. Many of these things are enough to dri...

3 Things to Remember When You've Been Screwed Over

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Jennifer Twardowski

Do you still find yourself wanting revenge and you need to let go of it? Do you still find yourself wanting to control this person to change their mind? Are you struggling to really accept how you can change yourself so this doesn't happen in the future? Share it in the comments below!

5 Reasons to Stop Seeking Acceptance From People Who Are Committed to Not Accepting You

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

The greatest gift people who don't approve of us give us is a more defined idea of who we are and who we choose to be. If we start changing who we are to gain approval, we lose ourselves.

Great Leadership Starts With Wholehearted People Observations: From Babies to Adults

Karthik Rajan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

In the case of great products, a user may go a lifetime without realizing the brilliance of the intuitive simplicity of the products. In the case of people, a genuine observation and sharing of what makes people great is the fuel to their motivation engine.

6 Signs It May Be Time to Break Up With Your Friend

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 05.01.2015 | Women
Jennifer Twardowski

Our friendships are a reflection of who we are. As we are growing and evolving as human beings, we may realize that some aspect of ourselves is no longer serving us. As a result, we may find ourselves needing to let friends go as well.

4 Tips To Help You Say 'No'

Z Zoccolante | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

Just because we're able to do something it doesn't mean we should or that we need to. When we do things out of obligation it feels like a chore. When we do things out of love, they feel like a joy. So are you able to? Do you want to?

The Hidden Reason Why Your Relationship May Be Struggling

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

There is something that you can do even in these situations where the person doesn't really tell you how you can help them. It is one of these hidden reasons that we may not always think of or realize unless we choose to really sit back and focus on the big picture.