Author: Veronika Tait

Veronika Tait is the proud mother of two little ones. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology at Brigham Young University. When she’s not singing Broadway show tunes in her shower, she’s reading parenting books, teaching psychology courses, or starting political fires on Facebook.

High Levels of Wisdom are Rare. Are YOU Wise?

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau   One of my favorite topics to discuss with my students is wisdom. What is it? How do you get it? Does everybody get it? Defining wisdom may sound something like this, “Expert knowledge about the practical aspects of …

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Four Toxic Phrases that Parents Need to Stop. Now.

“Some of the most important things you can communicate to a child are that feelings are ok, mistakes are fixable, and there’s nothing they could do that would push you away or make you love them less.” –Kelly Barlett Imagine you stagger into work, exhausted, since you were up all …

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Goal-Setting: 5 Ways You Know You’re Doing It Right

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. –Bill Copeland In high school, I took a weight-training class to fulfill a needed gym credit. My goal was to do the bare minimum to get an …

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Lesson on Ministering: Fourth Sunday Relief Society/Priesthood Lesson

Introduction Welcome your members to class and follow-up on any previous assignments. Briefly introduce changes concerning ministering: Jesus’s life and ministry exemplify the two great commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “Thou shalt …

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My $2,500 Mistake: Lessons in Loss

Every nut the squirrel hoards is another it’s afraid to lose. Marty Rubin  Imagine you got a letter from your bank indicating they had accidentally overcharged you and had included a check for $1,000. How would you feel? What would you do with the money? How long would this elated …

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The Question I Wouldn’t Answer: Rooting for Rehab over Revenge

“Love is the only thing that can turn an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King Jr. The Nightmare Child Recently I watched a documentary1 on YouTube about two parents and their unruly seven-year-old daughter. She was defiant at every turn. The parents battled with her to get out …

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Crying with Strangers: The Forgotten Pathway to Connectedness

I’ve been inspired to write this post because of the book about belonging called Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown. She discusses the idea of holding hands with strangers as a form of belonging and connectedness. This is demonstrated by her experiences amid tragedies, such as the Challenger explosion and …

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Data-Driven Gun Laws: How the Left and Right are Both Wrong

You may have heard that when it comes to family get-togethers avoid talking religion and politics at all costs. One especially painful topic is gun control. What is it about this subject that gets people so polarized and passionate? Recently I debated this topic with a friend. There was a lot …

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