Author Archives: Lilly

Learning New Skills

When we are trying to change our behavior or mindset we have a time period where we freak out. We don’t have enough coping tools in our toolbox to make changes even if we desperately want to make them. If people just tell us what not to do, we feel lost and desperately want help to know what to do instead.
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Beyond Reflecting Feelings

Reflecting feelings is valuable, but we cannot always stop there. Often we have to move on to holding people accountable through boundaries. Continue reading

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Reflecting Feelings

Reflecting feelings is the most valuable interpersonal skill I’ve learned. I first learned of its value when I was developing my Gentle Parenting toolbox. I was continually amazed at how much more quickly I could defuse my children’s Big Feelings simply by giving them the words to describe their intense feelings. Continue reading

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A Parable for 2016

I can love her enough to hold her to a higher standard than her base desires would have her pursue. Continue reading

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Stop Trying to Legislate Christian Beliefs

God created us, God loves us, God allows us to sin, God provides means of salvation through Christ, but he never makes us do his will. He always gives us a choice. Our omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God allows us to choose our way. Can I do any less for my neighbors? Continue reading

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Slacker Preschool Mom

I strongly suspect that my son’s preschool teacher thinks I’m a slacker. Because I forgot when it was picture day. And I didn’t know he was supposed to wear his Halloween costume this week. And I didn’t know that he … Continue reading

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FYI (If You’re Mrs. Hall)

Oh, my. The FYI (If You’re a Teenaged Girl) post generated lots of discussion on Facebook and in forums in which I participate. As a fellow small-scale blogger I’m incredibly sympathetic to writing something, inserting pictures (actually inserting pictures seems … Continue reading

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