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“Memorial Day” – Where Diversity Connects Us ALL!

May 30, 2016   

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A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

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“Memorial Day” – Where Diversity Connects Us ALL!

Today we celebrate Memorial Day.  In almost every State in the Union, there will be an acknowledgement … to one degree or another … of the sentiment behind the Holiday we as a Nation choose to hold in our collective Memory.

This is a good thing … but I want to take you to a deeper place – behind such words as:  (1) Memorial, (2) Wisdom and (3) Right Response as they relate to Memorial Day.

What I’m going to share with you stems from the seed that gave birth to the institution of Memorial Day … and therefore has enormous value.  This post is offered as an opportunity to pull back the veil and look at our common history – American History, which I pray will leave you inspired as well as informed. read more …

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Revive Your Parent-Teen Relationship!

May 19, 2016   

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 Revive Your Parent-Teen Relationship!

“Blood” is essential to sustain human life.  “Communication” is necessary to sustain human relationships.  I believe the life-blood of relationships is Communication … but not the same old yackety-yak we may have heard growing up!  Parents today have to interact differently with their sons and daughters when they become teenagers.  This is not easily done, especially when our teens prefer debating us rather having an agreeable conversation.

Allow me to challenge you.  Can you name three parents (excluding yourself) who have enviable relationship with their teenager?  Notice I didn’t ask you to name “families” … that might be nearly impossible.  So I’m asking for individual parents.  Can you name three?  I hope so because if you can’t … things are worse than I thought.

Strong Parent-Teen relationships are the first line of defense against families falling apart at the seams.  Families that fall apart figuratively end up in divorce, separation or other forms of estrangement.  Families that fall apart spiritually get lost in a fog of irreconcilable differences, unforgiveness, bitterness and depression.  In each situation, family members often feel lost in a private hell they cannot escape. read more …

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Teens Need Values – Family Values!

May 17, 2016   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

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Teens Need Values – Family Values!

There was a time not long ago when the term “Family Values” commanded immediate respect.  A certain level of “Good” was associated with the term and people were eager to be identified with it.  Sadly, however, the term “Family Values” has taken a beating because of the often unscrupulous antics of those who occupy the Core of that philosophy.  In some ways, “Family Values” has been commandeered by a fringe of the “ultra-Conservative” who are bent on imposing their self-styled Demagoguery on everyone.

If the truth be told, however, I believe we would discover that “Family Values” are equally important to a great many people from every socio-economic, ethnic, religious, cultural and political background.  To think otherwise is to “own up to” personal biases that tear at our humanity and snip away at the Good Will we would otherwise hold for one another.

What is a Family?     

Here in the 21 Century, we all recognize that the traditional definition of Family no longer meets the reality of our sense of Connectedness.  Today, the definition of Family has expanded the ranks of traditional “kinfolk” to include:  single-parent families, blended families, adoptive families, foster families and those headed by individuals of the same gender.

Let me offer a definition of “Family” that I think is broad enough to embrace all those who wish to be grafted in.

I believe a Family is any group of people who choose to deeply identify with each other, cooperate, care for and support each other, promote mutual safety and wellbeing and who would love each other unconditionally.  These individuals may not live together or even in proximity of each other … but distance has no appreciable effect on the quality of their relationship. read more …

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The “Secret Life” of Mothers!

May 8, 2016   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

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The “Secret Life” of Mothers!

Today is Mother’s Day … so I’m writing to Every Category of “Mother” I can think of:

Biological Mothers

Single Mothers

Adoptive Mothers

Surrogate Mothers

Grand-Mothers

Spiritual Mothers

Mothers-in-Law

This blog post is In Honor of Every Mother in our little Community and across the Globe:

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

I’m issuing a collective “Thank You!” for Everything YOU do to fulfill your Divine “Triple” Assignment!  I believe the Divine Assignment of every Mother is to Love Unconditionally, Guide Unapologetically and Listen to the Heart of her children.

Every time I use the term “Children” … I want you to think:  Newborn, Toddler, Adolescent, Teenager and Adult-children.

Our Divine “Triple” Assignment

When our children are afraid, disheartened, disillusioned or in despair … our  Unconditional Love soothes, comforts and envelops them in peace – restoring confidence, strength and hope. read more …

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