Parenting (especially teenage parenting) is undoubtedly the most challenging adventure in a person’s life. Remember the first hours of being a mother or a father? The unconditional love you had for this tiny new creature that did nothing but eat, sleep and cry, coupled with the enormous load of the new responsibility, from which there was no escape. A bit overwhelming, wasn’t it? For some parents, even a bit scary sometimes. Who can you turn to for parenting advice?
Here is a question I was asked by a writer from a famous women’s magazine, who wanted my opinion as a life coach.
My girl friend is getting married soon and I feel a bit left out. I feel she is moving on without me. What is the best way to ensure our friendship stays the same, now that we are on different life paths?
As we prepared to hug the homeless, I happened to read about hugging and found a post where Carl Munson expressed his uncomfortable feelings about hugging. Here is my response.
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I read a lot about success and attend personal development and wealth creation seminars. It is very inspiring. Unfortunately, the more I do this, the more I hear about people who are making it big time overnight.
The overnight success factor works very well on people who are not successful. It really helps sell stuff. Look at some of the best overnight success promotions:
– Lose 14 kilos in 14 days!
– How to make $250,000 from property without using your own money!
– Use this drink and be blond and beautiful in just 4 days! (OK, so I made this one up myself ;))
I bet overnight success was invented by unsuccessful people to help them feel better about their lack of success.
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Does it ever happen to you that a movie you have seen keeps occupying your mind long after you have watched it? It happened to me last week after I watched Water, a movie about widows in India. It was such a hard movie to watch. Hard but real. So real it was painful. In […]
Applying for a parenting career requires no interviews and no application forms, though it is one of the most demanding and rewarding careers. Without the benefit of selection criteria, we discover that to be good parents, we need many skills and abilities that we do not learn at school.
Some people hope that these skills will show up in the delivery room together with their first born. Others say you either have them or you don’t. I believe that the magic of pregnancy and childbirth is not enough to make us parents and we can and should develop these skills over time.
Although suicide is not a topic many people talk about, I believe it is important to discuss it BEFORE it is too late. Whereas in the past suicide was an adult concern, the trends in the last 50 years have changed and more and more teens (aged 15 and above) are at risk.
There are many reasons for suicide, some of which are related to crisis and mental breakdowns due to the loss of loved ones and others events that cannot be prevented. However, the major reason for suicide is depression. Yet unlike losing someone you love, depression can be prevented!
Suicide is one of those things that when it happens, it is already too late. Therefore, we, as parents and educators (and government), must take responsibility and dedicate ourselves to preventing suicide.
Question: My partner and I have been together for a very long time (5 yrs) but are now separated. We love each other very much, but we don’t get along all the time. It is a crazy relationship. I think we can work things out, but we have to start over with a new relationship. Do you think we can work things out now that we know things that we were doing wrong before in the relationship. And do you think that just loving someone is enough to make it work?
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Question: I don’t know why successful artists need to be crazy. In order for them to stand out from the crowd they have to wear weird clothes, have crazy sound, have strange names and some songs are difficult to understand. Why is that?
What are the steps to falling in love with someone?
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