Do you find yourself in conversations with adult children, loved ones, or friends where you struggle to listen with the intent to understand rather than with the intent to respond? You saying nothing - even if you have a lot to say - because that is the best approach or the path of least resistance. However, these conversations can churn up your emotions. Explore the difficulty and benefits of saying nothing, followed by stress management techniques that will help you deal with the emotional response of silence.
Mary O'Brien, BA MEd, began her work as a Community Educator with a local non-profit, teaching childbirth education classes. Assisting adults during this transition encouraged her to leave the high school classroom and focus on helping families. She spent her career as a Licensed Parent Educator at the Edina (MN) Family Center; Coordinator, then Manager of Youth and Family Services Programs at St. Louis Park (MN) Community Education; Director of Community Education for the Hastings (MN) Public Schools.
Mary's specialty is working with others so that they can make a difference, either in their own lives or with others they work with. She has developed curriculum; influenced philosophical changes in the workplace and, most importantly, listened carefully to address the needs of those with whom she works.