Ten Ways to Shut Down a Conversation

We all know that communication is key when it comes to building and sustaining relationships. Yet that knowledge alone isn't sufficient to establish an open and mutually beneficial approach to conversations. Because, let's face it, it can be challenging to communicate when we feel emotionally threatened or when our beliefs are being challenged. We can … Continue reading Ten Ways to Shut Down a Conversation

Who Can I Talk to About My Divorce?

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I talked to everyone about my divorce. No, really. The abruptness and the shock of it all seemed to manifest itself in an overabundance of thoughts and an inability to keep them to myself. The clerk at the gas station learned why I trembled with anxiety every time I ran my debit card (because I … Continue reading Who Can I Talk to About My Divorce?

The Elephant in the Room: How to Talk to Those Experiencing Grief

When bad things happen to good people, we're often at a loss of how to respond and what to say. The loss becomes the elephant in the room - too unwieldy to discuss yet too big to ignore. Here are some thoughts on how to talk to people who are dealing with loss or tragedy: … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room: How to Talk to Those Experiencing Grief

Why Is Bringing Up Divorce Considered to Be Awkward?

The headline on my news feed grabbed my attention. Kelly Ripa Wraps Up First Week Back to 'Live!' With Awkward Divorce Comment to Michael Strahan The names didn't garner my notice - I haven't seen Kelly Ripa since she was a newbie next to Regis and I had never even heard Michael Strahan's name at … Continue reading Why Is Bringing Up Divorce Considered to Be Awkward?

Guest Post: How I Told My Kids We Were Getting Divorced

For many people, the most difficult part about divorce is the impact on the kids. And this starts on the day that you tell them about the divorce. Author L.J. Burke shares his story and surprising revelation about the day his kids were told about their parent's divorce. ¬†How I Told My Kids We Were … Continue reading Guest Post: How I Told My Kids We Were Getting Divorced