Posts Tagged ‘Communication’

The Feedback Sandwich by Jeanne Rollins

(posted by Jeanne on 2-26-2013)

I thought I’d heard it all on the topic of entitlement but it seems I missed out (or shall I say our kids missed out) on what a colleague recently referred to as the “Feedback Sandwich.” While our kitchen was known for Read more »

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The Greedy Giver by Jeanne Rollins

(posted by Jeanne on 2-13-2013)

Most of us associate greed with wanting and generosity with giving. I just recently (and reluctantly) recognized the insidious coexistence of both in the concept of greedy giving. Since I could find no definition for what seemed at first to be an oxymoron, I created my own: Greedy Giving - Excessive wanting to give. I’m guilty! Read more »

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Table Talk

(posted by Jeanne on 8-18-2011)

Table Talk
It’s important that meal times be peaceful and a time of refuge. For this reason I discourage parents from bringing up difficult topics or criticizing one another at the table. This is no time to bring up Read more »

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The Problem with Assumptions

(posted by Jeanne on 8-03-2011)

Six weeks into our move we noticed that a generic answering machine had been turned on and fifteen messages had piled up, unanswered. They ranged in importance from the “tragic death of a relative” to “dinner at 7.” I was horrified at the thought of ignoring my callers. I wondered what they made of my silence and imagined that some probably made assumptions… that I was Read more »

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Voice vs Vote: Who’s in charge?

(posted by Jeanne on 7-21-2011)

Voice vs Vote
A helpful way to enforce parental leadership is to give your child a “Voice but not a vote,” regarding family matters. A voice is her birthright, whereas, a vote is something earned. Read more »

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