THE QUESTION AT THE HEART OF EVERY PARENT-TEEN RELATIONSHIP
His silence is driving me crazy.
For two months, we’ve been dropping him off at the local community theater for rehearsals. He has performed in the theater before, and always the routine is the same. For months, we wonder what sort of role he is playing, and for months, he refuses to even read lines with us. He won’t reveal the show as it is being formed, because he wants us to first experience it when it is finally performed. Maybe that’s a teen thing, but probably it’s just a human thing: at some level, we all wish we could present ourselves to the world finely polished and finally finished.
Now, it’s opening night. The spotlights are on. The seats are full. His mother and I sit in the front row, looking slightly upward at the stage. The waiting, for us, is over. I will finally hear my son speak. The play begins.
10 VITAL STEPS TO RESIST TEMPTATION IN LOVE
Understanding how to resist temptation in love is easy if you know how temptation really affects your mind. Find out how to resist the temptation to cheat with these tips.
It’s not uncommon for anyone to fall prey to temptation, no matter what their relationship status is.
Many people say they are never tempted to cheat.
Many others say if you truly love someone, you can never get sexually attracted to someone else.
But is it true?
HOW TO DEAL WITH JEALOUSY IN A RELATIONSHIP
Jealousy isn’t always a sign of weakness or insecurity. It could also be an expression of love. Understand how to deal with jealousy in a relationship and experience a happier relationship.
Jealousy in a relationship isn’t always easy to handle.
It can confuse anyone into believing that the relationship is threatened even if they’re in a perfect relationship.
Jealousy crops up in many ways, but in essence, it’s a sign of insecurity and the fear of losing the one you love.
And jealousy in a relationship is never ever a bad thing.
RELATIONSHIP WITHOUT TRUST: CAN *OR SHOULD* IT LAST?
Is it increasingly hard to trust your partner? Do you wonder how long your relationship without trust will last? Find out if you can survive it.
Your significant other says they are going to the grocery store quick. You find yourself doubting them. You even find yourself thinking they might be doing something completely different—and maybe even wrong. Are you in a relationship without trust?
This is an example of mistrust. How can anyone be happy in a relationship without trust? Even though they probably are just going to the grocery store, something they’ve done in the past makes you question whether or not they’re telling the truth.
HOW TO BE A PARENT YOUR CHILD WANTS TO TALK TO
As a child therapist, the most common complaint I hear from parents is, “He just won’t talk to me.” Feeling estranged from your own child is painful, and it has implications for the child. Research indicates the most important predictor of a child’s emotional and psychological stability is the closeness of the parent/child relationship. Obviously, if the child is not opening up when they are upset, the relationship is not as close as it needs to be.
There are two habits that parents routinely engage in that shut down communication and drive a child away: negating feelings and mistaking sympathy for empathy.
Sympathy vs. empathy
HOW TO STOP LYING TO YOURSELF AND TO YOUR PARTNER
Ever feel like you lie a lot for no apparent reason? If you’re a serial liar, learn how to stop lying to the people that matter by using these tips. By Bella Rayne
It’s alright to lie.
Sometimes, a white lie can be better than the harsh truth.
Almost all the time, lying is an easier and safer alternative.
As long as you know how to manipulate the truth, lying can feel so good. And easy!
QUALITY OF LIFE
“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'”
(Luke 12:15, NIV)
“In The Death of Ethics in America, Cal Thomas quotes a letter written to the Washington Post in the mid ’80s. ‘I’ve lived both lives, Yuppie and non-Yuppie,’ the writer said. ‘In the first, I was married to a professional woman and on our dual incomes we Club Med-ed, sports car-raced, alpine skied and Kennedy Centered our 14-year marriage into oblivion.
“I’m now 42, remarried to a woman who gave up her ‘professional’ career to provide full-time care for our one and five-year-old daughters, and living in Gaithersburg, Maryland—on one salary. Trips to Australia and Europe, Saturday night dining at Nathan’s, and Wolf Trap concerts are distant memories. Vacations are now taken in our nine-year-old used pop-up camper, and dining out means ‘Hooray! Daddy’s bringing home a pizza.’ We’ve just started into the second round of … one hundred readings of Pat the Bunny for our one-year-old. Satisfaction level in my first life measured about 2 on the 10 scale. Measured now, satisfaction is about 9.5.'” (Michael Josephson in Character Counts. www.charactercounts.org)
LOVE YOUR MARRIAGE
Once, a man returned from work and found his wife cooking. She gave him a sweet kiss.
They were so happy. While they were at the dinner table, the woman’s cell phone rang, a message from her friend who wished her good night.
The husband saw the message and got upset, and he did not talk about the matter with his wife and went to the bedroom without having dinner.
HOW TO BUILD TRUST IN A RELATIONSHIP AND MAKE IT LAST
Building trust in a relationship is crucial for a successful relationship, but most people look at trust as a threatening and sensitive burden. Find out how to build trust in a relationship and have the best time of your lives.
Trust is such a delicate and yet magical word in relationships.
If you can learn to trust your partner, you’d have a lover, a best friend, and a confidant all in one.
Trust can do so many happy things to a relationship, but the best thing it can do is bring both of you closer, avoid pain and hurt, and make both of you fall more in love with each other every single day.
WHAT IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE REALLY?
Have you ever experienced unconditional love? What is unconditional love really? Find out about unconditional love through this experience. By Carrie Jones
Have you ever experienced so much love that just bringing a gleeful smile on your lover’s face makes your day?
Sometimes, the easiest of feelings are the hardest to explain.
And at some other times, it’s easier to see true love by actions than to hear about it through loving words.
Unconditional love is one such emotion that can never really be explained, but can only be experienced in little ways, every day.