My daughter looked forward to school starting again for days, my son dreaded it for weeks. How do you deal with people responding so differently to a situation than you would? If you can’t really understand why they feel the way they feel?
What is the one response that works on an angry friend, a scared child and a grieving family member? It’s empathy. It’s one of the most valuable skills we can acquire and the impact on our personal and professional relationships is amazing. Why not give it a try?
What does a loyal friend do when you’re going on about your ex? Or about your horrible boss? And what does courage look like in friendships? Do we appreciate who our truest friends are?
If you look at movies or tv-shows these days, it seems that most first dates end between the sheets. If it’s true love, that is. But traditionally, building a relationships goes a lot slower, and there are good reasons why.
We get taught an awful lot, implicitly and sometimes explicitly, about what we’re supposed to love and hate about ourselves. Until we decide we no longer buy it. Until we decide we can just love it all!
When I got married and had children, I never planned for what would happen in case we got divorced. It was never part of the schedule. But after 3 years of co-parenting after divorce, I’ve learned some important lessons that I want to share, hoping you will never need them!
Over the decades, my views on marriage have shifted back and forth quite a lot, influenced by what went on in my life. I was 21 the first time I married. Will there ever be a second time?
I used to have 2 children, but find my family now enriched by 3 more amazing kids. Being a stepparent comes with a few of its own challenges, but when you learn to work around those, you find your life enriched in ways you couldn’t have imagined beforehand.
Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t be around your partner in that moment? Like you wanted to leave? Or push them away? Yes, it’s completely normal. And no, it’s not a lot of fun. Here are some tried and tested tips I’ve built up over the years.
You’ve got a wonderful new relationship. Everything looks peachy and there’s no way you’re screwing this one up. Until, somehow, you find yourself in familiar territory again…