Extroverts Part 1

Extroverts Part 1

Previously on the blog we discussed Introverts—what they are, personality traits, social interactions, etc.  This week we are tackling Extroverts.  It’s not uncommon for people to be mislabeled as an Extrovert because they are outgoing.  We hope after this week you have a better understanding of what it looks like and feels to be an Extrovert.

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 3

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 3

As Teri said, conflict is unavoidable in relationships. It is always a red flag when couples tell us, "We never fight or have conflict". Yikes! That means somebody is not saying something in the relationship! People really do view conflict as negative. It doesn't have to be. Learning to do it in a healthy way can bring so much intimacy to a relationship. And that means any relationship: friendship, parent/child, co-workers.

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 2

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 2

This week as we explore conflict resolution tips, see if you can recognize strengths you already possess in this area, along with skills you need to sharpen a bit more. Here are a few more tips to make conflict more productive:

6. Eliminate cheap shots and "below the belt" comments. Conflict is to be respectful, using respectful words and phrases.

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 1

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 1

Resolving conflict is a skill that everyone needs to work on, even if you aren't in a relationship. There are several things to remember when entering into a confrontation that is important in order for it to go well. This week Imagine Hope is sharing some guidelines to keep in mind when fighting fair. Remember conflict is going to happen in any relationship. There is no need to be scared of it as long as you do it well. When you do, it can actually bring you closer!

Blessings From Our Fathers by Natalie Chandler

Blessings From Our Fathers by Natalie Chandler

Because Sunday is Father's Day we are writing about how our Fathers blessed us. Truly, I was so blessed with such an amazing Dad that it was difficult to pick one thing. He taught me about my Faith, how to work hard and serve others, and how to love unconditionally. But many times my mind goes back to the memories we shared. 

Blessings From Our Fathers by Tammy McCord

Blessings From Our Fathers by Tammy McCord

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful men out there who are honorably called "dad." It's extremely easy for me to think of the blessings my father left me during the time I had with him. One blessing in particular has been life-changing and deeply impactful:

Faith in Christ

My dad had an extremely strong faith in Jesus all of my life. He led singing at our small church for as long as I can remember.

Introverts Part 5

Introverts Part 5

This week, Imagine Hope is discussing what it means to be an introvert.  

Some people assume that being an introvert means that you are shy.  That is not necessarily true!  Introverts can be very outgoing and sociable people.  In fact, many times, introverts love people-- learning about others, doing things for others, and can be very loyal, caring and loving individuals.  As Christy mentioned on Monday in this weeks earlier blog series, the difference with introverts is that, usually, they need to "re-fuel" their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical "tank" by doing things that are more solitary and self-reflecting.

Introverts Part 4

Introverts Part 4

It is so interesting to learn more about introverts. It seems they get the short end of the stick for sure and it's nice to see what they really think (generally speaking) and what they bring to a relationship. 

Not involved in the popularity contest! Introverts are not out to win the popularity contest. In fact, they don't really like the attention. They prefer for people to get to know them personally and not have to put it on for display. This requires deeper communication and thought

Introverts Part 3

Introverts Part 3

This week we have been talking about introvert personality traits.  Introverts are best known for being "loners" and for preferring spending time with just a few close friends.  In an extroverted world of noise, social media, and an aggressive "cut throat" culture being considered as the 'norm,' introverts are often lost and misunderstood.  Extroverts have a difficult time understanding the internal world of an introvert.  Today I will be talking about how these unique individuals think and process their thoughts as an introvert.

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 4

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 4

As we have been discussing parenting a difficult child, we encourage you to keep in mind that parenting isn't just about teaching your child how to "behave"-- It's also showing them love by teaching them how to navigate their world and learn more about themselves.  Today we will complete the series on strategies for coping with difficult behaviors in kids.