Resource Sharing: Nine Common Mistakes of Communcations

Found a fantastic slideshow on, of all places, the Harvard Business Review website: This slideshow lists nine common communication we typically make when in conflict, and offers alternative strategies to insert in place of these mistakes.  Very helpful at this time of year … more

Thought for the day…

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all more

Have you “liked” our Facebook Page yet? As you can tell, we at Whole Family Law & Mediation have not yet fully cultivated our blogging abilities, and as such leave much to be desired in the posting category.  However, we regularly update our Facebook Page, found here (  with fantastic links and resources.   Please visit our Facebook page and “like” us! more

Holiday Shopping list: Conflict Resolution materials!

coming soon… a list of my favorite conflict resolution resources for your peaceful holiday season shopping! fast review payday lenderWWW.CRACKERJACKCHARTERS.COM/IMAGES/GALLERY/DATA/100 day payday loan reviewother private institutions more

Happy Veteran’s Day…

I wish peace for all veterans and their families, and hope that our society will someday evolve such that people will no longer have to make such a sacrifice. following formextra money more

Donors or adoption or agreements… oh my!

If you are heterosexual, partnered and fertile, having children can be a fairly straightforward process.  If you are LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer),* the process generally can be…well…not so straightforward.  (No pun intended).  In addition to logistical and parenting path considerations (Do we adopt? Do we find a surrogate? Do we use a known or unknown donor?), LGBTQ parents must be more

In memorium …

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is more

Resource sharing: Conversational Riffs

One of my favorite resources to recommend to clients is a fabulous little book called Conversational Riffs, written by a colleague of mine from the UK, Neil Denny.  Neil is a collaborative lawyer (or, solicitor, as he is known in the UK), and has done quite a bit of field study on conflict and communication through his legal practice.  The size of a more

Our Family Wizard

Frequently I work with divorcing couples or couples post-divorce who are wrestling with the struggles of maintaining two homes for their children.  Keeping up with a school-age child’s sports, activity and social schedule is challenging enough when both parents reside under the same roof and can communicate reasonably well; add to this separate homes, separate rules, and potentially intra-parental conflict, and things get more

Intrinsic or Extrinsic motivation (to comply with an order?)

I look forward to Seth Godin’s microblogs each morning, on business development, marketing and practice.  (see  This morning his post was about “extrinsic motivation,” and how extrinsic motivation was a hallmark of the industrial age of human development.   As we have moved far beyond that age, into the complex and creative interwebs-driven world in which we now live, we rely far less more
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