Relationships

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Surviving Dinner One Question at a Time

Surviving Dinner One Question at a Time

Last night at dinner I spent over twenty minutes listening to my six and three year old aggressively debating which was the better movie: Barbie Fashion Fairytale or Barbie Princess Charm School. Someone please help me now. After banning the word Barbie from the table, the two set out to discuss which was the better pet, dogs or cats. Then they proceeded…

Your Brain Controls You

The opening ceremonies last night was phenomenal!!!!!!!  It really was so beautiful and amazing.  I totally teared up a few times.  Anyway... Since I've had a serious lack of sleep lately, I've been a little bit grumpy.  I know it's completely my fault, but when my husband comes home from work I want to hang out with him since I…

Watch it!

If you've been a mom for more than two months, you may have noticed how your kids watch, remember, and repeat everything. Sheesh, even before two months, they do that sticking-out-their-tongue-when-you-do thing. Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes not so good - but it's almost always good for a laugh. Last night, my son sat at the dinner…

Your Relationship With Your Stuff

For Relationship Saturday I'm going to go off the beaten path a bit.  An experience this week prompted this post.  I have a friend named Therese.  Therese texted me because her laptop wouldn't boot, and wanted advice on how to fix it.  I asked her if she had been giving her laptop goodnight kisses.  She laughed and said no.  I…

The Happy Homemaker

Have you ever noticed how Mom sets the tone in the home? It's true... if you're happy, everyone is happy. If you're grouchy, everyone is grouchy. If you're being a couch potato, so is everyone else. True - no? So, what kind of tone do you want in your home and how can you make that happen? I'm going to…

Intergenerational Friendships

I think to be a well-balanced person, you've got to have at least one friend who is 30 years younger than you and one who is 30 years older. Okay, all you twenty-somethings, don't be sending me any comments about how "no one is thirty years younger than you." There is no need to rub it in. I'm pretty sure…

When Parents Disagree

I was telling a friend about a disagreement my husband and I had about discipline. At the time, her son was quite young but I thought she might understand. She looked at me and said (completely innocently), "Oh, my husband and I don't have that problem. We talked about discipline before we had kids so we never disagree about that."…

Friends are Like Shoes

Friends are like shoes - You wear your favorite ones to oblivion and then you can never find anything to replace them. No, wait that's not quite right... let me try again... you have to have just the right pair to match each occasion. No, that's not right either. How about this: Friends are like shoes because when they match…

Division of Labor

 What is your household division of labor? I think it is very important and very difficult to achieve balance. But balance is possible and it is key to having peaceful relationships in an organized, clean home filled with responsible people. If your division of labor is out of whack, you'll know it. Here are some of the signs: -Someone is…

Are you Listening?

The key to good relationships is communication. Have you ever watched the way people talk to infants? Instinctively, we get really close to the child, speak with a high-pitched tone, and repeat phrases. Human development experts have studied this and say this form of communication helps the child with their development. My own observation is that as the child gets…