Category Archives: Instilling Maturity & Other Parenting Tips

Parenting Tip: The ”Big Picture” of Life

In the late 90s I learned about emotional maturity from Dr. Jim Wilder. His organization, Life Model Works, has a detail list of needs and tasks pertinent to each emotional maturity stage of life.  One of the maturity tasks for … Continue reading

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Musings from the book, Joy Starts Here

For some months now I’ve been musing on a section from the book Joy Starts Here, by Dr. Wilder, Ed Khouri, Chris Coursey, and Shelia Sutton.  The more I’ve mused on these paragraphs, the more interesting these points have become … Continue reading

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Helping Young Adults Evaluate Possible Mates

I was going through some old files to prepare for a workshop that is coming up and I found an old paper that I had shared a few years back at a break-out group for young people. It seemed beneficial … Continue reading

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We Can Find Our Value By What Causes Us Pain

Here is an excerpt from Chapter Nine in my new book, Re-Framing Your Hurts: Why You Don’t Have to Fear Emotional Pain. This is a very different way to view pain that I learned  from Dr. Wilder in the 1990’s. … Continue reading

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Forgiveness or Pretending?

Lately I’ve been thinking about forgiveness and how sometimes it is pushed as the cure-all for relationship problems. All of us have bad days when we grumble, snip, argue, or generally want to be left alone and do not act … Continue reading

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Addictions and Attachment Pain

What do you turn to for comfort when you are hurting? Sugar? Drugs? Alcohol? Chocolate? Food? Sex? Excitement? Activity? A bad relationship? Did you know that these things we turn to when we hurt are substitutes for what our brains … Continue reading

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Relationship Ingredients for All Ages

Recently I was talking to a friend about some struggles she was having with her 10 year old daughter. My friend, who is a wonderful mom, was worried that she had messed up too many times and because of her … Continue reading

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Moving to Mentoring

Another great blog from my son, Bob, author of On Ramp, the book to help sons become men. Moving to Mentoring.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly

Someone searched on my blog asking why their toddler takes apart the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I have no way to answer questions that are not in comments, so on the chance they will see a new blog, here … Continue reading

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Instilling Maturity-Return to Joy Skills

Every time I look at my blog stats, it seems that the most hits are on anything to do with instilling maturity in children—a much needed skill for both parents and children. Today I’ve been musing on one aspect of … Continue reading

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