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Tag: NVC

Dear Tristan: on words

Dear Tristan, As we near the end of this year’s Christmas letters, I want to tell you about why your dad and I decided to write these letters. I was inspired by reading these letters from a mom to her baby boy. I loved the way she shared her heart, and her real, with her […]

Dear Tristan: on authority and power

Dear Tristan, Yesterday’s letter about requests brings up an important issue, and that is the issue of authority. I know some (many? most?) people would bristle at the thought that I, as your parent, want to make requests of you rather than demands. The parent is supposed to be in charge, they say. I’m supposed […]