Category Archives: conflict resolution

Parents talk and kids talk

I’m not sure how many times I written about how KD, my 10-year-old son, and I bang heads. This happens for umpteen reasons and I’ve gotten tired of it. KD goes to a school that prides itself on being peaceful, and if there’s a conflict, the kids go to a peace table and have “peace…

BULLYING: more help for parents

BULLYING Years ago, I got pulled into a new friend group of dudes. It was the best! I was sort of new to town and was lonely. I loved being included. My awful feelings drifted away. I was also pretty new to Facebook, and one day I saw pictures of all the dudes with their…

I bully, you bully, we bully

I reconnected on Facebook this week to two women I knew in junior high. I was in-touch with one of them through early adulthood. I think I was a pretty nice kid back in middle school, and bullying typically wasn’t my thing. At the same time I was particularly immature and easily influenced by my…

Tips for Holiday Survival with Family

Below is a piece I often share at Christmas time.  This year I’m posting it early, as many of you will be with your family for Thanksgiving, and the aftershocks from the election have far from stopped.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in heated conversations.  Here are some thoughts on sidestepping hot buttons,…

4 Tips for Talking Things Out

When Things Take a Wrong Turn: Talking Things Out I spent last Saturday night at one of my best friend’s house. Late in the evening, as we chatted rather energetically/boisterously, he unexpectedly got up, told me I was being kind of a d… and headed to bed. As he walked away, I asked him what…