Authenticity is Essential

If you wanted your children to grow up to be authentic adults, to be true to themselves, how would you nurture that growth and development? Would you ignore them? Would you tell them they need to be more like their brother or sister or friends or classmates? Would you downplay their feelings, opinions and ideas?

Sharing is a Responsibility

I really don’t like to talk about myself or tell my story or share my ideas. I don’t like being asked “what’s new with you?” or “what’s your story?” or “what’s your opinion?” It makes me feel vulnerable and, as a result, anxious – my most familiar, but least favorite feeling. Subsequently, I’ve spent years deflecting, trying to avoid…

Kindness is Not an Option

I wish I could tell you there was some magic formula for kindness. That if you just do fill in the blank, kindness will come naturally and you’ll always be kind. It’s just not that easy. Kindness is a choice, and not always an easy choice. What does help me, though, is remembering…