The holidays are stressful for a multitude of reasons. One significant one is that it brings together people who are not used to being around each other and may have serious disagreements and simmering emotions that are festering. Holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity for them to surface. If pressed into an unavoidable conversation, how should you start it?
In her last blog, Alisa Grace discussed some important ways holiday traditions can benefit you and your family. In this blog post, she offers you a fun list packed full of practical, creative suggestions – gleaned from real-life families like yours - for Christmas traditions that will appeal to your family no matter what age or stage of life you’re in!
Do you have a Christmas tradition in your family? Are there certain activities that your family does that build in special meaning? Traditions, when done right, lend a certain magic, spirit, and texture to our holidays. They can add tremendous depth and meaning. They cause the day to stand out from among other days as special. Alisa Grace shares 7 ways that your family will benefit from holiday traditions.
In our closest relationships we desire to have a voice that influences each person’s life. We expect that a spouse, child, relative or co-worker will take our opinions seriously. When they are easily dismissed or ignored, conflict quickly escalates. In this blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how a speaker's credibility affects our communication during conflict.
“You start lying to yourself the minute the physical wounds go away,” a somber Rihanna told the media concerning her beating at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Could the same be said of the fictitious Anastasia? Why, after her physical wounds healed, did she go back? The answer lies in understanding the tragic cycle that moves from tension to explosion to remorse to honeymoon. A cycle rooted in fact, not fiction.
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