Ask Permission First, To Respectfully Address Conflict

Part 4 of 11 “10 WAYS TO BE REAL IN SPITE OF CONFLICT” Since conflict is inevitable in close relationships, I’m excited to share more about how to turn conflict into connection. Creating an emotionally safe atmosphere can be a breath of fresh air for relationships that matter most. As we approach Thanksgiving in a…

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Resolve Conflict Through Curiosity

Part 3 of 11 “10 WAYS TO BE REAL IN SPITE OF CONFLICT” Last week we addressed the healthiness and necessity of how to resolve conflict. As we embrace the reality that conflict is inevitable for growth, we now attend to the 2nd of 10 ways to be real in spite of conflict. BE CURIOUS ABOUT DIFFERENCES…

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Healthy Relationship Conflict

Part 2 of 11 “10 Ways to be Real in Spite of Conflict” Realize that resolving relationship conflict is healthy and necessary for growth. Let’s clarify that. The key word is “resolving conflict” where both parties feel heard, understood, and valued. Resolving relationship conflict does not mean power and control over another. If you’re continually…

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10 Ways To Be Real In Spite Of Conflict

Most of us really don’t know how to be our real selves through conflict. Some will avoid it, panic at the thought of it, run from it, or pretend it doesn’t exits. Others may thrive on it, confront it, and live by winning it. Here are things that are absolutely necessary for conflict recovery and being real in…

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Five Lessons from a Five Year Old

The sun was shining and the rain drizzled. Five-year old Ella said, “Let’s look for a rainbow, Mimi. I’ve never seen a real one. I’ve seen them in picture books but I’ve never seen a real one. But it’s raining now and the sun is shining. Let’s look for one.” Paying careful attention to my…

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