Top tips for balancing date nights, friend meet ups, and time with kids

Nov 25 2020

We all need balance in our lives. Balance between work and family. Friends and partners. Relaxation and intensity. There’s so much advice out there these days about the work/life balance and being mindful about how we approach it. But what happens if we take work out of that equation? How do we balance just the “life” part? There’s still so much demand for our time. There’s no doubt about it- date nights, friend meet ups, and time with kids can be incredibly nourishing and they should be moments we look forward to rather than something we need to balance. They are the important things. Not just another item on your to do list. And most importantly, these are precisely the moments that allow you to recharge and allow you to remember what balance is about. They add to your days rather than take away from the time that you have. Sometimes a busy lifestyle can make you forget what you like to do because it has been so long since you had time to do it. So how do we reach that balance and make sure we’re giving our time in a thoughtful and intentional way to those around us?

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What is the ‘Write’ way for our children?

Nov 22 2020

The other day, my neighbour stopped to chat and introduced me to her 4-year-old granddaughter. Before I could say hello, she said proudly that she can count to 100 and write her name.  This is not unusual and resonant of a growing pattern where adults seem to feel it is important to want their children to be able to read and write almost before they can speak.

So, what has prompted this urge?  Do we need children to be able to sign their names by the age of three? Do they have their own chequebooks?  I suspect it is part of our modern urge to teach children complex concepts far too early.

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Love coach: How to reconnect after an argument

Nov 21 2020

Arguments happen in all relationships.

Research has shown that arguments are usual and does not mean you can’t have a long and happy relationship.

Couples therapy has taught me it’s how we argue and how we reconnect that matters.

A key characteristic of happy couples is that they turn towards each other after an argument.

They come together and try to understand the other, and while they might complain about the other’s actions, they never make it about their character.

Let’s look at some ways to reconnect once you have both calmed down.

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