“We’re all like crayons;
we come with different names, colors, sizes, and sharpness,
and together we color this world to create something beautiful.”
Who are we without others in our life? Building and developing relationships are important to our ability to live a satisfying life. Relationship resources include:
- Communication Skills – understanding personality preferences & differences, communicating effectively, managing conflict management, presenting skills
- Parenting & Step-Parenting
- Parent-Teen Communication
- Communicating with Parents
- Communicating with Significant Other – dating, understanding sex, preventing domestic violence & date rape, getting married
- Communicating with Peers – having healthy friendships, understanding bullying, knowing cyber-safety
Communicate better by understanding your personality preferences & differences, managing conflict, and presenting yourself well.
Understanding Personality Preference & Differences
- Jung Typology Test™ – Shortened version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Provides a description of your personality type.
- My MBTI Personality Type: The Basics
- Clarifying Confusion About Conflict
- Conflict Management Skills – FREE Medication and Conflict Management book download.
- Conflict Dynamic Profile – for those who are more serious about assessing and learning about their conflict style, I recommend this assessment. It is is one I use.
- Speak Your Mind with Marion Claire – Looking for a specific coach to help you on presentation and speaking skills? Check out Marion Claire. I have used her. Download some of her FREE tips, and sign up for her newsletter.
- Presentation skills – How to improve your presentations
- Killer Presentation Skills
PARENTING & STEP-PARENTING
Resources here are to help you as parents. Look through the other tops on the resource tabs to find more information that can support you.
- iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting – Great resources for those “big kids” called “parents.”
- KidPointz – FREE child behavior resources.
- WebMD: Health & Parenting
- Dads & Daughters® – Mission: Fathers are a powerful, yet largely untapped resource in our society. On this site, you will learn how men can be better fathers, and how everyone can activate fathers to help enrich and strengthen our families, communities, organizations, workplaces, and schools.
As teen exercise their sense of identity and independence, communication between parents and teens can become strained. Here are some tips to smooth the line of communication.
- Empowering Parents: Child Behavior Help
- Dr. Michelle Borba: Proven Solutions to Raise Strong Caring Kids
- National Responsible Fatherhood Clearninghouse
- Blended Family Focus Resources & Support Network
COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS
How can you best communicate with your parents for a more effective relationship?
COMMUNICATING WITH BOYFRIEND / SIGNIFICANT OTHER
Developing close and intimate relationships with others provides a rich source of meaing in our lives as well as some challenges. Explored here are dating, sex, and domestic violence & date rape, and marriage.
- Five Truth About Your Teen and Dating
- Before You Make That Date
- Great Dating Ideas for Teenagers
- Online Dating – Compare reviews of online dating sites and services with Consumer Affairs.
Preventing Domestic Violence & Date Rape
It doesn’t mean it WILL happen, but it is good to be earmed with information and recognize when it IS.
- Jung Marriage Test™
- Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – This book and many other by John Gottman are a great source for any marriage.
Teenagers, especially, have a desire to be with others. Communicating and socializing with teens is important to their identity formation. Bullying and cyber-bullying have a dramatic impact on a newly forming identity. Know how to nurture positive relationships with others, and protect yourself from negative influences.
Having Healthy Friendships
- My Child is Being Bullied—What Should I Do?
- How Effective Parents Communicate with a School about Bullying
- Girl Fighting and Your Child
- We Stop Hate – “We’re all like crayons; we come with different names, colors, sizes, & sharpness, and together we color this world to create something beautiful.”
- WeStopHate Video