What to Say When… You Have an Overdue Apology

Is anyone waiting for an apology from you? Are you waiting to hear words of apology from someone else? In talking with people about apologies, I’ve found that more people than not would like to hear an apology today. Read More »

All Mom Wants for the Holidays is For You to Turn off Your *!#*#@* Cell Phone

Dear child of mine, I want to sit down and catch up with you. I want to be the most important person for you to visit with today. I don’t want to look at the top of your head while you work on your laptop or check the status of others on Facebook. Please be all here when you are with me. If you must pull out your phone, I’d prefer for you to briefly manage your business in another room then return to join in completely. If I could have one wish today, it would be for us to enjoy a conversation so deep that you would not want to pick up your security blanket.  Read More »

How to STOP the (Digital) Drama

Do you have a hard topic to talk over with someone? Perhaps you need to circle back to a bad situation and offer an apology. Maybe you need to ask someone to act better next time. Whatever your challenging topic is, emails, texts, tweets and Facebook messages will all fall short.

Why? Because all these forms can sound harsh. Even if you thought about your words and chose them carefully, they can lack a gentle tone of voice for softening your message. Also, it’s hard to gauge through email and texts when to stop.  Read More »

How to Stay Out Of the “Dog House”

Have you ever been put in the “dog house” without fair notice? Do you find that your housemates, friends, or team members are mad at you for not doing something that either was not on your radar screen or was not as urgent as they seemed to think it was? Read More »

When Is It OK to Cut Off a Relationship?

A male reader named “Krist” posted an interesting question on our Facebook page. I thought others might have the same dilemma so I asked him for permission to share my reply here. He agreed and he offered for me to use his real (and uncommon) first name. Krist wrote: “I recently read the book you […]

About this blog

    Gary Chapman is well known as the ‘love languages guy’.  His New York Times bestselling book, The Five Love Languages, has become a classic in the field of relationships.   In 2006, Gary Chapman and I released The Five Languages of Apology, which illuminates the steps for removing barriers in any relationship.  Our book […]