All tagged relationship building

Reader Q + A | Why do you love working with aggressive kids?

Dear Reader,

Thank you for asking this question! I am sure many others have wanted to ask this question in the past! Can I give a short + sweet answer? I love working with aggressive kids, because they're awesome! Seriously, they are awesome, because if you can look beyond the behavior - you see their precious hearts!

I love working with aggressive kids, because they are simply longing to be validated! Let's stop + consider our own feelings! We want to be acknowledged + validated as a human being in this world. Why wouldn't teens want the same thing? It's easy for us to look at their behavior + see they're acting out for attention.

Stepparents, Grandparents + Aunts -- Oh My! | Letter to the Village Members

VILLAGE MEMBER | a caregiver; a guardian; someone who willingly takes on the role of a teacher to a younger generation; a family member; a neighbor; a coach; a protector; someone who positively influences the younger generation for their benefit

The role of a Village Member can be a thankless role. There are many times we feel drained or like we made a mistake taking on such a heavy role. Nothing seems to be working, because you see progress in one area + it appears several other areas come crashing down beside you. You knew when you made up in your mind to take this role that it would be difficult, but maybe you didn't anticipate just how much of a sacrifice it would be. 

Trust Restored | The Journey of Healing

Well this is it for sure! Your spouse just crossed the line for the last time + you are done with the relationship! You want out! No matter how many ways you phrase it or break it down - your teen directly defies what you tell them to do! You're certain you're not speaking another language + you're done. Absolutely finished! You're not sure what that looks like as a parent, but you know you're THERE! 

Trust is sacred. Trust is a demonstration of love + respect. Trust is foreign to some, yet a comfort to all. Trust allows you to do the unthinkable + believe the impossible. Without trust...there is no relationship.... I'm sure this sounds a bit harsh, but it's true! Trust is the foundation for any relationship. You trust that you will be paid in two weeks for the work you do now. You trust that when you drive across a bridge it won't give out on you. Every place we go, we experience some level of trust. Is it any wonder when it's broken we become so defensive? 

Reader Q + A | Why Do Parents Walk Away From Their Children?

Dear Reader,

Thanks for being brave enough to ask this question! So many of us are nervous or scared to invite "real life" conversations + I applaud you for being the one to get the ball rolling! There are many reasons why parents walk out on their families, but the root of all of these reasons (I believe)  is pain.  Let's think about several different situations that most likely come to mind when you think of an absentee parent