How John Gottman Could Have Saved Mia and Sebastian in La La Land

Every time I watch La La Land, I think of how their love could have been saved by following John Gottman’s research. Gottman has been studying what makes marriages work or fail for decades. This man knows his stuff. You may know him as the guy who “can predict divorce with 90% accuracy.” 

Top 10 #MomLife Posts We Relate to So Much it Hurts

This week we found our top 10 favorite #momlife posts from twitter! What does it take to be a mom? Here’s what we found:   10. Oooooh the car needs. Yes.   9. Here’s to that mom who has changed more than her fair share of diapers. We feel you! 8. “Have kids!” they said. […]

“That’ll Teach You to Hit!” Addressing Aggressive Behavior with Modeling in Mind

Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. ~ Jim Henson There was a classic psychology study done in the 1960s by Albert Bandura called the Bobo doll experiment to better understand observational learning. Boys and girls ages 3-6 we’re randomly assigned one of three conditions. In the first […]

Ministering as the Savior Does: Fourth Sunday Lesson

Greet and welcome your class. Follow-up with any assignments from previous lessons. The objectives of this lesson are: Demonstrate how we learn by observing the actions of others Describe examples of ministering in your life Discuss how Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of how to minister We Learn by Observing the Actions of Others […]

Why Trump’s “Zero-Tolerance” Policy has Devastating Consequences for Immigrant Children

The Justice Department announced April 6th, 2018 that it is implementing a “zero-tolerance” policy to prosecute immigrants entering the U.S. at the border. That is, asylum seekers caught crossing illegally will be charged with a crime and their children sent to refugee shelters, even before agents conduct the legally required interview to evaluate their asylum […]

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 life that permits excellent judgement […]

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 night worrying about a project […]

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 A, and I did just […]

No One’s Going to Fight for Me but Myself: The True Story of an Abuse Victim

“If you’ll eat this, you’ll be the highest jumpers ever,” Dorothy told her children, including her oldest daughter Tamara “Tammy” Perkins. At the time, Tammy’s dad, Don Perkins, was out of work after being temporarily blinded when someone at work hit him on the head with a hammer. At least, that’s the story Tammy was […]

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 love thy neighbour as thyself” […]