Posts about Active Listening

Consequences are not given

My 10-year-old kid leaves the lights on. I keep reminding him to turn them off. He still keeps leaving them on. What to do? The[…]

Beyond boundaries

It’s common relationship advice to emphasize setting healthy boundaries in order to designate a safe place for self-care. The idea is reasonable and certainly helpful[…]

But, I never said that!

“Why can’t you do this one simple thing?” I tell him. He shrugs his shoulders and says, “I dunno! Why does it matter so much?”[…]

I don’t want this shirt!

It’s 15 minutes till the school bus arrives. K, my first-grader comes to me and says: “I don’t want to wear this shirt to school!”[…]