Reconnecting With Joy

August can be a time of big transitions. The days are getting shorter and in many families, the first preparations for school are beginning.  It can be really busy!  Sometimes when there is a lot to be accomplished, adults in the family take their responsibilities...

Respect or Obedience?

I’m sure you have days where you wish that your children would just do what you told them. No fuss. No complaints or delays. Just do it. And when they don’t do it, you might feel disrespected, as if it is your children’s job to obey you. And yet, if your partner...

Is It Really Disrespect?

We’ve been having a lot of conversations about respect at schools this month. Educators are telling us that students don’t “respect” them. When we drill down a little further, the story is that students are not obeying adults. Are respect and obedience the same thing?...

Empathy or Sympathy?

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD Last week I wrote about empathy and the practice of seeing the world through “their eyes” without judgment. That is the first part of empathy. The second part is being able to “get” the other person’s feelings and communicate to that...

The Message of Love

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD Executive Director, Sound Discipline In less than a week it is Valentine’s Day – and our culture can go a little bonkers trying to send the message of love. What is love anyway? Is it something that we save for one special day? Is it...