Building Trust

I come by conflict avoidance honestly. By that I mean it’s deeply steeped in my family history. I never heard my parents argue when I was growing up. Assuming that they did instead of just avoid all conflict, they must have done it entirely behind closed doors. As a Presbyterian pastor, my dear dad was … More Building Trust

Saving It Up

On this 10th day after Halloween, my daughter still has all her favorite candy left. Here’s how this happens. I pack her lunch for school and choose 2 pieces of candy to include. Usually I pick her favorites because I want her to have a treat. Then she comes home from school with that candy … More Saving It Up

Internal Peace

My 6-year-old has discovered the gift of reading. The other day as we were wandering up an alley on our way to a little park in our neighborhood, I was idly listening as she was reading the signs on fences, garages and painted on the cement. “No nuck-es” she said. I looked down at the … More Internal Peace

Creating Context

I was recently reading the fourth book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling to my 6-year-old daughter and she asked, “Why are they telling us that his parents were killed by Valdemort and he lives on Privet Drive with his aunt and uncle again? We already know that!” So we talked about the … More Creating Context