Being a teenager is tough. Being the parent of one is almost as difficult! Here are some tips, gleaned from 40 years of experience as a family therapist - and as the father of a now-grown child who once was a teen, herself.
There are, in fact, real animals called Snipe. They are birds and this article is NOT about them. This is a story about an old and cherished ritual hazing of newcomers to the woodlands of Northern Wisconsin. A college memory.
Les Antiques: An ancient site in Provence, France called "Glanum" by the Romans and protected as a national treasure. No one designates aging humans in that way. N'est pas?
Being able to conceive a child has nothing at all to do with a person's ability (or desire) to successfully parent that baby. For mothers who are still, themselves, just shortly past their own childhood, the challenges are remarkable and deep.
Night is not yet finished and daytime is just beginning to hint that it is coming. A moment in a part of the world covered over with asphalt and concrete.
In many cultures, Christmas is celebrated not on the day of Jesus's birth, but 12 days later. Shakespeare called this day "Twelfth Night." It is sometimes known as the Epiphany or, in many South and Central American countries, "Little Christmas."
There is Christmas Eve, then Christmas Day and then ... the day after Christmas.
There are a number of relationships described as symbiotic. Some are and others, on examination, are probably not. Neither dependence nor deep love define symbiosis.
Most people who commit a crime deliberately do so with the idea that they will get away with it. Once in a while, that probably happens - But, most often, people are eventually caught and must face the consequences of their actions.
Getting from today to tomorrow requires a step forward. Sometimes that step appears risky, but to achieve our potentials, we much chance it. Photos and illustrations can add a dimension to the words of a poem. In this case, the words speak for themselves and the images flow in the min...
First thoughts come quickly and often impulsively. Sometimes, the second thoughts are clearer and better.
There are big ideas and small ideas; Lots of words and few words. Sometimes, big ideas can be expressed with few words.
Bicycle riding is not what it used to me. In jeans and t-shirts on fat-tire (no speeds) bikes, we rode by the rules of the road. Spandex was something used in ladies girdles!
As the year passes, so does life. The Autumn marks the end of the warm, life-blooming seasons and announces the entrance of the year's final chapter, Winter. So it is with human life. Some Autumnal ideas to consider.
Sometimes, one year is not enough time to fully experience a line of work. For me, one year in front of rooms full of people only 5-6 years younger than myself was more than sufficient. No regrets about having done it and no regrets about having chosen a different career.
The process of making a friend is often complex and confounding. For most people, some strategies work better than others. To help sort out what works from what does not, here are seven paradigm things to avoid (and why to avoid them) in the quest to develop a new friend.
Do people make the times, or do the times make the people? The question is rather silly. It is clearly both aspects interacting and has always been so.
All mothers are not equally capable of mothering, but most do the best they can. The effort itself distinguishes them from 'muthas' - Those whose lives and behaviors are the polar opposite of what we regard as maternal values.
A raven need not be sitting atop a bust of Pallas above a chamber door, nor need a maven answer a question you may have forgotten. In this twisted tribute to the famous American poet, Edgar Allan Poe, the maven speaks… “I know more.”
There are two varieties of 'old' friends: Those who are chronologically old and those we have had as friends for a long time. Sometimes, the combination yields the very best friendships.
Not every invitation is welcome. Turning one down can be awkward. Here are some options for declining an invitation that is unwelcome and unwanted.
Our self-esteem usually requires some positive feelings about ourselves. There IS such a thing as too much positive notions of the self, as it may limit or even impair our capacity to accurately perceive and effectively interact with the world around us.
To deliberately languish is not uncommon. There is, however, a sometimes unanticipated price to nothingness. It can be deceptive as the fee is usually due at the point of exit rather than at the point of entry. Much like church, it is generally free to get in, but one is expected to ...
Wikinut encourages pics to make our posts more visually engaging... but, sometimes, words are entirely adequate in-and-of themselves. Here is an attempt toillustratethe point... Without Illustrations.
Unfortunately, somethings that we know are not good for our health make things we eat smell and taste good. Sugars and fats are probably the best examples. Time for the Taste Watchers!!