Thumbs Up to Bribery… In Moderation
Let’s call it what it is. Bribery. Euphemistically, we’re talking about the carrot over the stick. It’s positive reinforcement over negative reinforcement… on smile-inducing steroids. Come on. We know we use it on our kids, we use it on our colleagues, we sugar coat it and then dole it out […]
Will Parents Pardon the Bad Boyfriend?
Haven’t we all had a boyfriend or girlfriend we brought home to mom or dad, only to sense the chilly response – or overly effusive welcome? Some of us may be relieved when our parents like the person we’re falling for. We see them smile, and we know all is […]
Ideal Living Arrangement?
This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to imagine my ideal living arrangement, but as life changes, so do our opinions on what works for us – and doesn’t. A few days back, the New York Times dished up a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of living alone – […]
How We View a Woman Alone
Is a woman alone always a sad sight? Is this only true in certain scenarios? Why do so many of us perceive the solo female in social circumstances as an object of pity, concern or derision? I suppose that if she’s attractive, smiling, and gazing out a caf or restaurant […]
The Silent Treatment vs Talking Through the Rough Patches
When your lover or spouse doesn’t want to talk, what do you do? Nag him until he spills whatever is going on? Allow time to do its thing, hoping eventually he opens up? How about a few other options? Ways to gently encourage communication through the rough patches that occur […]