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BYOB Party Tips for the New Year

This is a re-post from last year. Enjoy! BYOB parties and family gatherings abound at this time of year. I’m not talking about Bring Your Own Bottle or Booze, but Bring Your Own Buttons! If you are about to go to a gathering where your buttons are on red alert and likely to be pushed, […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #10 When All Is Said And Done …

Is it time to let go of being right and open your heart to makes things right?

An Unexpected Word That Can Change Your Mother Daughter Relationship

As I finished our last post on sharing our pain without blame, and expressing our feelings,  I remembered a great tip from my mentor coach Jay Perry. As we learn to let go of suppressing our feelings and practice sharing how we feel, there is one simple word that can have a powerful impact. Its […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #9 Share How You Feel (eek!)

One of the toughest communication skills from Dr Susan Campbell is to  “Speak our pain without blame”. Sharing how we feel is a very vulnerable place for most of us. We are revealing our true selves, without knowing how the other person will respond. When we share how we feel we open our heart. Even […]

Daughters, How to Keep Your True Power – A Final Word About Boundaries

Over the summer I’ve been sharing insights into how we can express our true power as daughters. Today I’ll share a final word of advice. Before I do, here’s a summary of the strategies that we’ve covered so far: 1. Be aware of your interactions and how much your mother is still influencing you. 2. […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #8 Recognize Your Judge

It can be tricky recognizing our own judge. When we see a situation our mind tends to leap ahead to interpret and evaluate what’s going on. Its part of our human survival mode. This is really useful when we are facing real danger, but in everyday circumstances instead of survival it often leads to misunderstandings […]

Daughters, How To Express Your True Power – Part 2

I believe that true power lies inside all of us. When we access it we become free to be our true selves. Here are more useful tips for accessing the power within you during interactions, rather than giving your power away. If you missed part 1 of this post with three steps to start working […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #7 The Gift Behind Complaining

Have you ever had a conversation and had a new insight that really sticks? I call these “nuggets”. Like pieces of gold that we can take with us to enrich our lives. I recall a conversation with Dr Susan Campbell about communicating in relationships and here’s one of her nuggets that have stuck with me. […]

Venting About Mom Won’t Bring You Peace

How come so many women put up with frustration around their mothers? Its so common,  it’s a standard joke of comedians and story lines in books, theater and television. Its something that we can share, laugh about and cry over. One way that many of us find relief is by venting about what we are […]

How Good A Listener Are You? Take This Self Listening Test And Find Out.

To truly listen to someone we must be present – without distractions or interference in our heads. Its estimated that the average human being has 5,000 thoughts per day. Real thinkers can have over 50,000 thoughts. Now that’s a lot of buzz, interference and distraction going on! Here is a series of simply tests to […]

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  • COMMUNICATION QUIZ - Can You Make These Statements?

    Ask yourself if you make any of the following 15 statements. Find out if you are expressing yourself fully and are communicating with openness and presence.
    • SCORING The highest possible score is 30, and the lowest is zero. The higher the score, the higher your likelihood of having success in all your relationships. 0-9: You probably find yourself frustrated in relationships (especially with your mother) more often than you would like. 10-15: You have a high aptitude for relating and are open to learning 16-24: You have good relationship skills. How can you apply them more to your mother relationship? 25-30: Congratulations! Your capacity for present-centered relating is at a very high level.
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