I had not been aware that in my tendency to minimize or avoid, what i perceived as negative emotions, I was also not noticing what actually felt really good.
If your religion prohibits sexual behavior that is considered developmentally normal, according to developmental psychology, and you plan to impose these rules on your child, there are some things to consider...
Consider ways in which another person could have the same goals as you, or goals that you would admire, and still make decisions and act in ways that appear contrary to you.
Caring for ones’ own spiritual health and development is as important to mental health as eating well and exercising.
Most heterosexual, cis-gender parents don’t spend much time imagining the possibility that their child’s sexuality may be different from their own. This is a mistake.
The standard advice for avoiding conflict during family get togethers is to avoid discussions about religion or politics, but it’s not always that simple.
When you feel the need to withdraw, when you feel pain, restlessness, irritation, sadness or discomfort consider what it is that you actually need to care for.
Forgiveness is not about excusing a behaviour, ignoring the impact of someones words or actions, or about pretending that everything is fine.
Conflict within a faith community, can sometimes cause people to wonder if they’re losing their faith or if someone else is. Depending on the faith, this can feel catastrophic.
How would our use of land and resources change if we saw them as valuable parts of our world, deserving respect and honour and gratefulness for what they give us?