Monthly archives: July 2014

The Power of Words

Posted on Affirmation, General, Self-Esteem July 30, 2014 by Mary & Claire

I was recently watching an interview with multiple successful people and the one consistent thing that they all shared was that their parents always told them, “You can do anything that you want to do, you can be anyone that you want to be – you just have to put your mind to it. ” Positive, powerful words that stayed with this group of people. Words that they each remembered that helped them create and define who they are and the life that they each chose to lead.
The power of words never ceases to amaze us. A person can be built up or broken down with just a sentence. Think about the last time that you were paid a complement. How did it make you feel? How about the last time someone said something negative about you? How did that make you feel? You have the power as parents, friends, spouses, siblings, co-workers and/or teachers to change someone’s day or to change how someone views himself or herself. Remind someone of their positive attributes and their true strengths. When someone sees their own strengths and believes in them, it gives them the power to achieve what they set out to accomplish. It will also give them confidence to take into other areas of their life as well.

“You may be whatever you resolve to be.”
– Stonewall Jackson

–Mary & Claire

Frustrated, Angry, now Furious!!! Learn to Deal

Posted on Conflict Resolution, General July 28, 2014 by Mary & Claire


Conflict occurs in every aspect of all of our lives – whether it is our children arguing with one other, issues at work, countries at war or our children having problems with friends or at school – we are inundated with conflict everyday. How do you handle it? Do you place blame, stomp off and refuse to talk, only listen to one side of the story? Do you scream and yell? Do you think that you could have done something differently if you had the chance? What matters most though is how we deal with conflict and how we demonstrate and teach our children to deal with conflict. We need to work with them to understand themselves and their reactions and feelings in difficult situations that can lead to conflict as well as resolve conflict. It is a life skill that is invaluable…for all of us.