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How to Deal with Different Types of Difficult People

You might want to avoid them or fix them.  Instead, focus on how to handle them.  Here are some different types of difficult people. First, there’s “The Hammer.”  This person is hard on everything and everyone, so don’t take it personally.  Try to separate the way they communicate from the points they make or you may miss some good feedback or information.  Second there’s “The Bubble Buster.”  This person doesn’t...
May 09, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

How to Lead Your Family Well with New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson

In life, your family may enjoy many successes, but will also face some failures as well. New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson says your job is to lead your family well through it all. Here are his 3 keys of family leadership. First, lead with love. To grow a loving family, you must lead by example. Start by loving your spouse well. This will show your kids what a loving relationship looks like. Second,...
May 03, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

Write to Right a Wrong

You've heard that two wrongs don't make a right, but it's possible that you can right a wrong with the written word. Maybe this has happened to you. You say something in the heat of the moment, you take a joke too far; someone you love gets hurt. You need to apologize, right? Why not try something a little different. Write it out in a note, you can even use our free stationery. A note can be a well thought...
Apr 21, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

Dependence or Independence?

It seems like everything we hear today links strength with independence… it’s the American way, right?  Well, independence is great if you’re talking about things like freedom and finances, but not when it comes to family relationships. There’s only one independent Being in the universe and it is not you or me!  We are made to be dependent.  A child should depend on, and live under, the authority of his mother and...
Apr 08, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

The Key to a Close-Knit Family

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t want a strong, close-knit family. The question is: How do we move from wanting one to having one? Growing up, I remember seeing a highway billboard over and over again on our road trips. It said, “The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together.” A number of recent studies have revealed that there is in fact some truth to this timeless slogan.  Specifically, research has shown that...
Mar 16, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

5 Ways to Encourage Sibling Love

The term “sibling rivalry” often comes to our minds a whole lot faster than “sibling love.”  Perhaps it’s because of the way the backseat of our car is constantly filled with, “Tell Kevin to stop pulling on my hair,” or “Make Janie leave me alone!”  Teaching your children to love one another is never easy, but is always worth it.  So here are 5 ways to encourage sibling love in your family.  First, encourage warm...
Mar 11, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

How to Create Moral Margin in Your Life

I think of moral margin as creating an extra amount of space between us and immorality—immoral thinking and immoral actions. Here 6 ways to create moral margin in your life. First, build a relationship with a “personal auditor.” Just as a financial auditor would do a complete examination of financial records, your “personal auditor” would be given authority by you to ask you questions about your life and your...
Mar 02, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

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