The Five Languages of Apology and How They Work

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A familiar chain of events in families today is the round-a-bout argument that goes something like this: “I’m sorry.” “No, you’re not.” “I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it” “Yes, you would. You say it all the time.” This is the anatomy of the typical apology; one we learned as children. We offended […]

Promises You Should Definitely Break

I believe that it is a common phenomenon among parents that if they seem to agree to something, a child will take that as a definite promise.  That child will then move heaven and earth in order to hold his or her parent’s feet to the fire regarding the so-called promises.  But promises are a […]

Three Questions That Lead to Self Forgiveness

After a decade of no contact, my sixteen year old daughter lived with her father for about six months.  While I didn’t sleep a full night during that time, she seemed happy for the first three.  After that, things began to go south rather quickly, and soon, she came home, to both of our relief.  One […]