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A SMOOTH TRANSITION

We all have our individual stories of how our children (and parents) reacted in March once it was clear that that the remainder of the spring semester was going virtual. Most of us managed, but for many, the road was rocky and in some cases, things just went off a cliff. Everything occurred from …

HOW CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS?

“She values her political position more than she loves our friendship.”

“She continues to talk about politics when I change the subject. I can’t take it anymore.”

“We’ve always been friends. Why is this the end of a long friendship?”

These statements were made by a client in a recent coaching session. She was distressed …

YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY

It’s not only a good line from a Fleetwood Mac song.
When my younger son was a baby, allowing babies to “cry it out” when trying to get them to sleep was all the rage. My son’s cries were horrifying blood-curdling screams that tore at my heart. I tried this technique for two days, and …

Hi! I’m Arlene and I’m a positivity convert!

I was enjoying a Sunday afternoon excursion with an old friend. We were enjoying our coffee as she began talking about her sister who she described as “negative” and difficult to be around. My friend proceeded to outline her sister’s behavior and their conversations. I responded, “You know it’s possible your sister has no …

Finding Peace Within

Does this conversation sound familiar?
“How are you?”
“Crazy!”
“How’s your day going?”
“It’s crazy!”
Sometimes that does feel like reality, but how true is it really that a day in itself is crazy? Let’s take a closer look.
We have had days in which we sleep late, the car malfunctions, and the traffic is a hot …

GREMLINS & TURNING THE BIG 6-0

I’m turning sixty. It’s actually a huge step for me to admit my age or even talk about having a birthday—especially this birthday. I think most people who know me understand that I rarely disclose personal details and that my social media posts are largely regulated to cat videos and New Orleans Saints news. …

GUESS WHO’S HOME?

It’s not unusual today for college graduates to return home to live while they job search or determine what their next step in life may be. While many parents (and their children) panic at this thought, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Careful planning and communication are important in …

CREATING PEACE IN YOUR LIFE

Many people complain about the stress that they feel, and it is absolutely true that we are constantly faced with many internal and external stressors. Taxes, traffic, illness, and unexpected accidents are unfortunate realities of the human condition that we simply have to live with. Others, though, are things that we can control and …

PARENTING YOUNG ADULTS

“I’m 20-years old! You can’t tell me what to do!”
“I live on my own at school and I do fine. I don’t need restrictions or curfews when I come home for the summer!”
“Uh, mom can I have some cash? I don’t have any money left in my account.”
“Dad, I got arrested and I’m in …