Good Friends

This weekend, as I watched my son and his best friend playing basketball together, it made me think about the importance of friendship. I am blessed. I have wonderful friends and I am eternally grateful […]

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A Few Words About Marriage

I will be attending a wedding next week and so my son suggested that I write about marriage today. Now, I don’t make it a habit of giving unsolicited advice, especially when it relates to […]

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How Much Do You Appreciate Your Mother?

It is Mother’s Day and I want to pay tribute to all the mothers today. When I was newly married and childless, my father told me “you don’t really appreciate your parents until you have […]

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What is Love?

What is love? It is way more than just a word. If you love someone, you need to show it. Love is a verb – an action. It is also a choice. It is more than just a feeling.

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Father’s Day – Reflections on My Father

Fathers please don’t underestimate your importance. You are necessary and no one else can fill you role. You won’t be a perfect parent (that doesn’t exist) but be there for your kids.

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Be Quiet!

Learning to be quiet is something that we can all practise. Remember, experience is the best teacher sometimes. When people make their own choices, they don’t need someone else constantly questioning and second guessing those decisions. Be quiet and leave them alone!

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Communication Is Key

Many relationships are irreparably damaged because of poor communication. Here are some tips to help you to communicate better with those who mean the most to you (and even those who don’t):

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How to Apologize

Remember that the apology is not about you. Instead, it is about righting a wrong that you perpetrated against someone else – even if it was unintentional. Being able to admit you are wrong and apologize does not make you weak. In fact, it shows strength of character.

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Effective Communication

For effective communication to occur, there are three things to take into consideration – the sender, the receiver and the message. The sender formulates the message and “encodes” it in a way that the receiver should understand. However, along the way there may be “noise” which may distort the message during transmission. The result may be that the receiver does not receive the message as intended. When this happens, there can be confusion and other unintended consequences – effective communication has not taken place.

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