Re-Learning Empathy.

When my daughter broke her leg just after the New Year, she entered a wilderness I had not traversed before. I realized I needed to reconsider everything I thought I knew about empathy – starting with the idea that empathy is about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Saying “Yes” After a Year of “No.”

“You always say no.”

My son said this to me nonchalantly at dinner one day as though he were casually observing a fact, like, “The sky is blue,” or “You’re wearing a dress today.” I wanted to mount an argument, but the truth is that I had gotten in the habit of saying, “No.” It was a little bit of a problem.