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Rough Day for Your Teen? Give Him a Smooth Finish with Parental Intelligence

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

When you understand his mind, then quite naturally solutions will emerge. You don't really know the overarching problem yet. The grades are just the behavior that is sending a message. It is your job to decipher that message. That's using Parental Intelligence.

Grace Beyond the Noise

Craig Luekens | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Craig Luekens

True humility doesn't erase our differences, it respects them, tries to understand them, and listens even when there's mutual exclusivity.

Angry Kids and the Parents Who Love Them

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Does your child's alarm clock turn a wake-up call into moody battle? Does your teen drop all his clothes on the floor, so you can't walk through his room? Or, do you feel like your teen is freezing you out with a steady glare in his eyes?

The No. 1 Most Important Relationship Skill -- And How to Learn It

Nancy Colier | Posted 10.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nancy Colier

I received an outpouring of feedback on my recent blog, "What We Really Want and Almost Never Get," about the profound importance of listening in rela...

Learning to be More Like Jesus (It's Not What You Think)

Amy Crumpton | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

We were gathered for a monthly Bible study at the mountain retreat center. I sat looking out the full-length windows at the hardwoods filling the hills. My mind drifted away from the lesson as I daydreamed about a weekend kayaking trip on the river running below.

Instant Stress Relief: When You Realize No One Notices or Cares

Terri Trespicio | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women
Terri Trespicio

It was a teeny-tiny and impermanent change. Just another drop in the bucket of thousands of hair cuts I have had and will have over the course of a lifetime. I was itching for a change, and I got it, and it was very much a personal experience because it affected not a single person other than myself.

Taking a Knee and Clanking Helmets: It is Possible to Shift a Narrow Perspective by Watching Football

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Kay Tacke Morse

The camaraderie, the devotion to team work and touchdowns, the knee they take when a man is down. My perspective in regards to this sport has shifted radically in the past few years. Football helmets clanking still sends a chill down my spine, though.

Remember Jeremiah Wright

Craig S. Keener | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

What was done to Jeremiah Wright served no one well, simply further debasing political discourse. Whether such attacks come from the right or the left, they attempt to win an argument ad hominem by simply poisoning the waters.

Let's Talk About Sin

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

When I was taught the word sin, it was tasked with the job of explaining the predicament of humanity, revealing a desperate need for a Savior, and point to the redemptive power of God in Jesus. It was supposed to make me more Christ-like, but it failed, so I fired it.

My 'Inner Mommy War' and the 5 Things It Taught Me About Identity

Reem Kassis | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

When I became a mother, my four most dreaded words became "What do you do?" Prior to motherhood, I had a professional identity, an easy way to present myself. Now as a mother, I find no easy way to present this new identity and what I do.

The Last Visit

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I only met Juan Garcia once. I was asked to visit him on September 15. For a couple of hours in a cold room in Livingston, Texas, we talked. With an unforgiving deadline approaching fast, the last things were at the forefront of our minds.

Why Little Things Are Worth Getting Upset About

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

... and why they can torpedo your relationship. Take it easy. Chill out. Relax. Cool down. Don't stress out. Lighten up. You're making a mountain out...

What A Dead Russian Composer Teaches Us About the Opinion of Others

Catherine Zinger | Posted 09.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Zinger

This morning over coffee my husband told me about a broadcast he'd listened to on the BBC--about the story behind Sergei Rachmaninov's First Symphon...

5 Perfectly Good Reasons You're NOT a Bad Mom

Julie Maida | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Julie Maida

I don't believe there is such thing as a "bad" mom. We are all just doing the best we can with the tools we have. If your mind immediately jumped to, 'Yeah, but what about those moms on the news who...' understand I mean those moms too.

Who's the "Mentally Ill, Homeless Man" Down the Street?

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Guide to Mothers Raising Teenage Daughters

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

realistically, she wants to be separate from her mother physically and emotionally most of the time. She's a teenager who wants her own identity. So how do you focus your motherhood to maintain a solid relationship with your growing teenage daughter?

The Expletive Explosion

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

In the social media world, we communicate briefly without full sentences and offer quick letter combos (LOL) that further discourage open dialogue with any complexity. In a world chock full of anger and anxiety, this rapid fire practice of communication could lead to widespread misinterpretations and deeply hurt feelings.

Just Come to Jesus

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I don't think it is diminishing Christ's power for anyone to use whatever other possibilities exist to improve themselves physically or mentally. I don't think that it means a lack of faith or a lack of understanding in the bounty of the Atonement to try to lift yourself up to receive it.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Yes, I'm Pretty, And I'm Traveling Alone

Alyssa Ramos | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Alyssa Ramos

If I wear makeup, if I wear anything that shows skin, if I wear leggings -- or God forbid, if I wear a bikini -- I always get the most opinionated stares from people assuming I'm looking for my next customer to pick up.

What You Didn't See When You Looked at A "Skinny Mom"

Jennifer S. White | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Jennifer S. White

I'm a thin mom who loves to move my body, who loves to eat healthy food and have a glass of wine and some dark chocolate every night, who loves to sit on the front porch with my husband after the kids go to bed, who loves to read, who loves my children---who, frankly, is a person beyond my physical exterior, and I recognize this.

What Are We Doing Today?

Amanda Magee | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

It's a question I hear, often before the girls are even dressed. Their gangly legs poke out from beneath t-shirts. Sometime over the last year they shifted from their dad's shirts to mine. The hems aren't as long as before, the v-neck dips and are yanked up by still-modest hands.

How About This Subversive and Revolutionary Idea? Who's With Me?

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

I have decided to enter a judgment-free zone but not because I am a perfectly judgment-free person but because I am tired of people shaming other people for this, that or the other thing.

Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out"

Mark Baer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Baer

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the production and development of Disney•Pixar's film "Inside Out." The film is named "Inside Out" because it is about the inner workings of the mind, which controls how people behave.