Kim Fredrickson Parenting with compassion
2017

What I Learned about Compassionate Parenting from Kim Fredrickson’s Book: Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children

This year was challenging. That is not true. Let me start over. This has been one of the most challenging years of my life. My teenage daughter has been battling
Kindness in marriage
2017

Kindness in Our Marriage

I am excited to introduce everyone to Waymon and his wife Charla. Waymon is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, a researcher, and an advocate in matters related to
The Gift of Uncertainty
2017

The Gift of Uncertainty

I am thrilled to have another contribution as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined, from Diana Walla, a seasoned marriage and family therapist, recently
Kindness heart
2017

Self-Compassion Fuels Kindness

I am excited to do something a little different this week. Kim Fredrickson, counselor and author of the book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate
A Word Imagined
2017

A Word Imagined

by Jennifer Christian, LPC and Dr. Jeff M. Christian Words of hate tear at the fabric of our society; words of kindness mend. Imagine. Imagine life without unkind words. Imagine comments
Gratitude
2016

Gratitude Is Healing

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be a nice time to focus on the healing benefits of a gratitude practice. I experienced an impact when my husband
Stressed
2016

Creating Balance to Deal with Stress

I hear more and more people talking about stress. Increased feelings of stress. I hear it on Facebook, emails from friends and family, even in everyday conversations. I spoke recently
smartphone impacts relationship
2016

Help! My Phone Is Impacting My Relationships!

If the title of this blog resonates with you, know that you are not alone. Many couples are currently navigating how to adapt to new technologies in a way that
Anger in Relationships
2016

Managing Anger In Relationships

I recently had the honor of facilitating a class about healthy relationship practices. During one discussion about the importance of anger as an emotion, we examined how anger in relationships
Self-Compassion
2016

Forget Resolutions, Form Habits with Self-Compassion

At some point you have probably made a New Year’s resolution and then broken it. But instead of a resolution, what would it be like this year to create a meaningful
Loving Kindness Centering Prayer
2015

Advent Inspired Loving Kindness Centering Prayer

A loving kindness prayer uses words and images to evoke feelings of loving kindness toward oneself and others. According to the article, “18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving Kindness Meditation Today,” a
Gratitude
2015

7 Powerful Ways Gratitude will Change Your Life

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie I have so many reasons to be thankful: My husband and I sipped coffee together
Power of Gratitude
2015

The Power of Gratitude

Last week, I had a dream that I was caught in a blizzard. A blanket of swirling white surrounded me. My mind raced to discover some sense of direction. I
self-care
2015

Writing Your Own Self-Care List

Today during my routine morning walk I began to ponder the many self-care skills that I use regularly. Over the years, I have learned that I feel better when I
Self-Compassion Kim Fredrickson
2015

Self-Compassion is Vital for a Healthy Life

I am excited to do something a little different this week. Kim Fredrickson, counselor and author of the book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend, has graciously
Marble Jar Friends
2015

Trust is Built One Marble at a Time

“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself, and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to
Wonder Woman Learns Boundaries
2015

Wonder Woman Learns Healthy Boundaries

Life keeps getting faster. I have so much going on with my two teenagers, my husband, work, friends, volunteering… the list just never ends. It is all good stuff. I
love in action
2015

Love In Action

“If one wishes to know love, one must live love, in action.” – Leo Buscaglia At the dinner table this week, my family had a conversation about satisfying relationships. My
Build Trust
2015

Four Ways to Build Trust with Your Partner

As the garage door closes, our teenagers start their drive to school and my husband and I sink into our respective chairs with a nice cup of coffee. Catch a
Back to School Coping Strategies
2015

11 Back to School Strategies for Parents

I have two teenagers gearing up to start school next week, and I feel a little disoriented. Transitions have always been a personal challenge, and I have to pay extra

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