16Oct 2006

“Even when he’s here, he’s not here”: The impact of 24/7 electronic availability on our personal lives.

This past week, two wives from two unrelated families used the exact same words to describe to me (and their husbands) a challenge they are experiencing in their homes: “Even when he is here, he is not ‘here’.” They went on to describe the phenomenon that has become a culture-wide struggle – the expansion of the world of work into

09Oct 2006

How to Build Relationships with Men: Side by Side

Recently, I gave the keynote address for a group of 40-50 family-business owners. The overall topic was “Raising Healthy Children in a Financially Successful Family”. One of my main points was that parents have to invest intentional time with their children – otherwise, schedules get busy, the time goes by, and all of a sudden, your children are grown (one

03Aug 2006

Let Them Grow Up and Become Adults: Relating Effectively to Your Adult Children

One of the most common themes I have seen in relationships between older adults and their children (who are now adults themselves) is how the kids (although they are 25, 30, even 40 and beyond) still act like “kids”. And part of this is because their parents continue to come to their rescue when their children make poor choices. Parents

02Aug 2006

Parenting Adult Children: You Can't Send Them to "Time Out" Anymore

The dynamics between parents and their kids changes as both get older — this is true when children move from toddlers to school-age to teens and beyond. It is especially true when they become adults. Here are some new skills needed in these adult-adult relationships (from article, “The New Generation Gap” in the July edition of Worth). To a great

02Aug 2006

The New Generation Gap: Parenting Adult Children

One of the trends that has become obvious in our culture is the issue of relationships between older adults — let’s say anywhere from mid-40’s (although that’s not old!) to eighty and beyond — and their adult children. These “adult children” range from late teen’s thru the 20’s & 30’s to individuals who are 40 and into their 60’s (sometimes

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