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  • No thanks for fishing.

    I love giving good gifts. (I also love receiving them.) But I must confess I too often linger…

  • How to Suffer Well

    While it’s not a cheery topic to discuss, suffering is universal. Whether it’s chronic pain, or grieving…

  • Say Goodbye to Childhood

    One of the tragedies of childhood trauma is that very often, the child’s emotional maturity can freeze at that age; their bodies keep growing but their psyches struggle to keep up.
    You don’t have to experience terrible trauma for this freeze to take place

  • No Perfect Recipe

    “Grasp the subject, the words will follow.” (Cato the Elder) When people first encounter the concept of ScreamFree living, they often ask for a recipe. “Just tell me the steps to follow, and then I can do it.” This is understandable; it’s also impossible. Here’s why: everyone — kids, parents, spouses, co-workers — is unique. […]

  • Why ScreamFree?

    When I first read ScreamFree Parenting in 2008, my life was much different than it is now. I didn’t have kids, and I was trying to get through my last few semesters of a Marriage and Family Therapy program in graduate school. The book was recommended to me by a professor, and I was reading […]

  • It’s All About You

    “The truth about your own life is not always easy to accept, and sometimes hasn’t even occurred to you.” (Anna Quindlen) The hardest part of living a ScreamFree life is embracing the idea that you’ve helped create some of the things that drive you crazy. Many of us would rather blame someone or something else […]

  • How to Drive People Crazy

    “Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.” (Oscar Wilde) When someone you know is just spoiling for a good fight, the worst thing you can do is give them one. Instead, if you really want to give them “what for”, rise above the fray and stand your ground with complete calm. It takes an incredible amount […]