Healthy Families – Healthy Businesses

Families, like businesses have a system and a culture. Some look attractive, even successful, but if you look deeper, they actually may be unhealthy. Your family and your work are the two most important organizations in your life. Are yours' healthy? Organizational health is the single greatest … [Read more...]

Dealing With Back to School Stress

I'm starting to see all the back-to-school commercials, ads and hear the din of all the activities firing up, like NASCAR engines. School can feel like a race. "Why can't it be summer all year?" Students and parents are trying to catch their breath before the gun goes off and all the frantic … [Read more...]

What is Coaching?

I'm often asked, "What is coaching?"  I typically respond that my style of coaching is a hybrid between a counselor and a sports coach. I'm trained in educational psychology and have spent years studying how people grow. Here's what I'm discovering: People grow when they have someone encouraging … [Read more...]

You Are Stressin’ Me Out!

It turns out that we really can stress each other out, especially in families. Now we have evidence that supports 'empathic stress', especially if it involves someone we care about. The Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology (say that fast three times!) reported in April 2014 that watching a loved one … [Read more...]

Live Happy

Healthy families choose happiness. Small daily habits compound over time and generate happiness, meaning and contentment in families. Regardless of challenges, families can be strong. Any kind of family: single parent family, step families, two-parent families, and families with grandparents serving … [Read more...]

When You Can’t Call Super Nanny

"I don't want the government to give me health care, I want them to give me the Super Nanny!" says comedian Tim Hawkins  www.TimHawkins.net Wouldn't that be great? When the kids are whiny; Jo Frost shows up and tells them, "You have been very naughty. Go sit on the naughty stool. Straightaway!" … [Read more...]

Top Ten Ways To Frustrate Your Kids

Barbara called me on her cell phone, "I want my son to see you as soon as possible. How soon can you get him in?" "When is he free?" I asked. "Well, let's see . . .he has soccer at three,  guitar lessons at five; a tutor after dinner; youth group on Wednesdays - wait, I have another call - hang … [Read more...]

The Best Gift You Could Give Your Child for Christmas

The economy has taken its toll on American families. Unemployment. Loss of medical insurance. Rising grocery costs and lower wages. Investments cascading in value. More moms than ever working. And with the fear of being downsized, you don't dare miss work for your child's play, soccer game, recital, … [Read more...]

Growing Strong Kids In a Weak Economy

Is the Economy Your Family's Friend? Times are tough. I went to the Dollar Store and I noticed they had added a Recovery Room! I interviewed an old man who had gone through the Great Depression, "These times are nothin' compared to what we went through! We were so poor, as a little boy, all I had … [Read more...]