Embrace the Positive

Embrace the Positive

In family life, it’s really easy to point out the flaws of the other people in your house. Part of the reason for this is that the flaws are so easy to see! The fact that home is where people are letting their guard down combined with the sheer amount of time that you...
Downplaying Drama

Downplaying Drama

We live in a society that seems to love drama. Have you noticed? People will pick sides and then fight about any issue with people who don’t agree with them. We’ve all seen plenty of people yelling and screaming at each other because they don’t agree about something....
Don’t Cross the Line!

Don’t Cross the Line!

If you have siblings, think back to a time when you were young and riding in the backseat of the car together. Your brother or sister was bothering you by jabbing their finger into your side or flicking their fingers against your head. The area of the backseat was too...
Don’t Editorialize, Just Listen

Don’t Editorialize, Just Listen

I recently listened to a contentious exchange between a news anchor and an interviewee. The anchor asked a question and did a little editorializing of their own that really put the person they were talking to on their back foot immediately. As I listened, it struck me...
Conflict and Tension

Conflict and Tension

We all know this from personal experience, but I think there’s something valuable about saying it so plainly: Every now and then in family life, you just aren’t going to get along. For anybody who has been discouraged lately because you feel like family life has been...