Compassion Builds the Parent-Child Bond

Parenting is Hard We face huge challenges trying to effectively parent in this ever changing, difficult world. It is hard to live in, never mind raise children in. Being a parent gives us indescribable joy, and also zaps us of everything—energy, finances, time, and sometimes even confidence. Building emotional closeness with your children is the […]

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Getting Your Kids to Listen

We all want to be listened to, respected, and taken seriously by our loved ones, friends, workmates…and yes, our kids! It’s hard when they don’t listen to us, especially since we have such good things to say! The good news is that there are lots of ways to up the chances our children will pay […]

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Healthy Relationships Include Emotional Connection!

Emotional Connection in Relationships is Vital! We’ve been talking about how to Build Healthy Relationships for the last several weeks. We spent quite a few weeks talking about how important a strong sense of self is to forming healthy relationships, and explored how we developed our beliefs about ourselves and how to strengthen our relationships […]

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Practical Tools to Build Healthy Relationships with God, Yourself and Others

Are You Ready to Learn Practical Tools to Build Healthier Relationships? I’ll bet the answer to that question is, “Yes!” Over the last month we covered Principle 1 in this series: To have healthy relationships you need to develop a strong sense of yourself; a sense of who you are as a person – who […]

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Warmth, Empathy and Respect…

Warmth, Empathy and Respect are so Important Two weeks ago I headed over to Western Seminary, Sacramento where I interviewed two students in the marriage and family therapy masters degree program. These students shared what they were learning in the program and how they were impacted personally and professionally in very positive ways. I have […]

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Emotional Closeness in Relationships

Building Emotional Closeness in Your Relationships

I figured something out about a month ago. I have been writing and speaking about emotional closeness in relationships for 30 years. First I taught parents how to build emotional closeness with their children and teens. Then, I taught couples and others to build emotional closeness in their relationships.  Finally, I spoke and wrote about […]

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