Improving Your Interaction With A Friend Who Is Suffering

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It’s tricky talking with someone who you know who has just experienced a life-altering tragedy or loss.  They may have suddenly lost a family member or members, had a horrible accident, or found out they have a serious disease.  Coming to an interaction with someone who is suffering calls you to be relational.  You may […]

The Thanksgiving Elephant in the Room!

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This Thanksgiving there will probably be a Turkey in the room- but there might also be an Elephant too. Thanksgiving is traditionally a day spent connecting with families and loved ones. But this past week has been a stressful one for our interactions. People on both side of the political spectrum are processing the results of a […]

A Relational Moment in the Midst of a Bitter Debate

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“Regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?” – Karl Becker, Participant in the Town Hall Presidential Debate of 2016 The second presidential debate was held just days after troubling audio was leaked of Donald Trump making incredibly lewd comments about women.  It was also […]

Being Engaged with Melinda Gates

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Back to School ‪is fast approaching, and whether your child is moving into the dorms or about to start kindergarten, there isn’t a better time to sit down with them for some one on one time with them as they begin a new school year.  That makes this a perfect time of the year to focus on […]

Kindness and Generosity: A Perfect Pair

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How do you keep a marriage healthy?  Studies say that two of the ways of being relational are key to keeping a partnership happy and healthy.  The way in which couples express kindness and generosity to each other can actually say a lot about whether they stay together.  Not surprisingly, the more ways in which […]

Setting the Relational Example: Difficult Interactions with Kids

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Being Relational can help you to work through a variety of adult problems, from workplace conflicts to marital issues. But it’s also important to recognize the way in which it can help you navigate difficult interactions with your children. As children grow up, they will start to experience conflicts of their own. Setting a good […]

Re-Imagining Happily Ever After

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Though it may seem counter-intuitive, sometimes an unhappy ending leads to a happy one. That is what Lara Bazelon found after the dissolution of her unsuccessful first marriage lead to the first happy vacation with her children and now ex-husband. She recently shared her story in an essay published in the New York Times, through […]