Values Exploration for Indiviuals, Couples, and Families

When was the last time you sat down and really considered the values that resonate with you most in this moment of your life? Often, we consider values to be the moral standards in which we were raised to honor and esteem. However, our values, or the principles that are important to us, can shift and change with time. As we grow and evolve as a human, it is natural for what values speak to us to evolve and change as well. Some values or principles remain in top-importance throughout our life, but it can be meaningful to consider in this season of your life, what values are really meaningful to you. I use the following activities for individuals, couples, and families. If you are personally i

Hard Times: What to Say When Someone Asks "Can I help?"

“What can I do to help?” I often feel like a deer in the headlights. I know my life is crumbling around me, but when people ask, “how can I help” I genuinely don’t know what to say. Maybe I hate feeling like a burden, maybe the first idea I think of seems too imposing, or maybe I would like to ask but just can’t think of what to say. I might think of something later, but it feels awkward to call them up and say “hey remember that offer of help?” Starting with a “thank you so much for asking” can reduce feelings of awkwardness. And create a feeling of connection. And give you a moment to think. A standard default request: “I would love to know that you are thinking/praying for me.” Delay th

Not a Testy Testes Talk

So here’s a conversation I had with my kiddos several years ago when they were quite a bit younger. One son was 3 years old, joined in by my 5 year old son as they were getting dressed during the day. “Mommy, what is this?” Lifting his penis and touching his testes. I feel my anxiety rising a bit but try to remember what I preach about staying calm and honest. “Those are your testes.” “Testes?” Repeated this word several times giggling. “Yup.” “Do I have testes too?” “Yes.” “Where?” “Under your penis – they kind of feel like small balls.” Giving his own personal demonstration: “See, right here!” “Do you have testes, Mommy?” “No, only boys have testes.” “What do you have?” “I have a vagina a

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