Grounding the Helicopter: A Relational Approach to Parenting

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It’s probably safe to say that everyone wants to raise their kids to become the most successful adults they can be, but can being too involved in creating that success actually harm kids in the long run? According to Julie Lythcott-Haims, the answer is yes. The negative impacts of what many refer to as “over parenting” […]

The Toy Aisle Divided

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Target recently took a step in the relational direction by taking the label “boy” and “girl” off of the signs for their bedding and toys aisles. Being relational and, specifically, being grounded means that we reject labels. We know that labelling is restrictive and destructive to individuality. They also make individual assertions of individuality more […]

The U.S. and Cuba Complete This Basic Step in Being Relational

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After over half a century of proverbially standing with their backs to each other, the United States and Cuba have taken a monumental step toward establishing quality interaction: that is, by actually interacting.   For decades, the two countries have handled their differences by essentially stonewalling, or avoidance. In this case, that involved severing lines […]

Decoding Donald: A Relational Assessment of Donald Trump

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Love him or hate him, you most likely have a strong opinion about Donald Trump. He’s a controversial figure whose brash antics and bold comments as a political candidate have proven polarizing even within his own Republican party. Not that we’re surprised–as anyone who’s seen his reality show “The Apprentice” knows, Trump’s career was built […]

Watching Copwatch Watching Cops

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The New York Times recently published a video profiling an organization called “Copwatch,” a network of activists that, well, watch the cops.  Though the organization was started in 1990, its focus on stopping police brutality has brought the organization back into relevance in the wake of Freddie Gray and the countless others whose stories have […]