Manipulation or Management

I was talking to an acquaintance about issues raising children, like getting them on the bus.  She was having trouble with her son, and she had implemented some new rules.  She said she wasn't sure if she was manipulating or managing him, and I was struck by this idea. Manipulation, in our society, has a … Continue reading Manipulation or Management

Deal Breakers = Boundaries

I've always thought that people who claim certain characteristics/beliefs/habits are "deal breakers" are excessively picky.  I've stood firm in this judgement.  One friend in particular has a ton of deal breakers:  he's shorter then I, he's not successful professionally, he's an engineer, he has no sense of humor, he doesn't like Bruce Springsteen, etc. etc. … Continue reading Deal Breakers = Boundaries