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I often get asked for advice on how to talk to kids, but instead, here are my top ten ideas on how to listen
Believe in the ability of kids and teens to go deep, while at the same time respecting the pace these young people set for emotional conversation.
As I handed my son pennies to toss into the water, I had no idea that he would have such a powerful wish: “I wish that Mommy never dies.”
Supporting people with serious illnesses where they are at, authentically and without judgment, can be the greatest gift you can give.
If you’ve been sick, chances are there are things you wish you had said or would love to say to your doctor, things like thank you… or please help me.
I wonder if these recommendations really set the groundwork for knowing, respecting and appreciating the young people in your life in a way that also helps them appreciate you.
The first step to harnessing the power of authenticity is discovering what it actually means for you
Ask yourself why you are telling your child’s story. Is it for your child or is it for yourself?
Laughter implies that you can go on. Laughter implies that you will go on. If you can find something to laugh about, even for just a few seconds, it is a sign that you can survive your situation.