How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 5: Applying Brene Brown’s Empathy and Shame Research for Realistic Expectations

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. -Alice Miller Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”  My heart nearly burst. I […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 4: Creating Consequences with purpose Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

It’s okay to be angry, it’s not not not okay to hurt someone. -Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in part 3, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals. Children need to immediately stop harmful, destructive, or unkind behavior, but it is also important for […]

Ministering One by One: Fourth Sunday Priesthood/Relief Society Lesson

*Note: Long quotes are labeled 1-4. If you would like to distribute them to participating members of your class to read aloud, download them here:Ministering Quotes Handout Welcome class members and follow-up on any previous assignments. Discussion question: What is the purpose of ministering? From Oct 2014 Conference address by Jeffery R. Holland: (Quote 1) […]

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.” 

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 […]

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 […]

Skeptical of Your Worth? Professors, Scientists, and Your Own Skin Prove You Wrong

And I know that I deserve your love There’s nothing I’m not worthy of —“This is Me,” The Greatest Showman The Making-up “I’m so sorry. I know I look hideous today. I was rushing, and I had to go pick up the grandkids. And I’d forgotten to set the alarm for earlier, so I did […]

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 of bed, get dressed, and […]