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July Difference Maker: Women’s Center of Greater Lansing

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is a private non-profit organization that provides support services to women in the Lansing area. Since our doors opened in 2005, we have served more than 5,000 women.

The Women’s Center is dedicated to helping women realize their potential, support each other, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and develop emotional and physical well-being, regardless of income level. To read personal testimonies from women helped by the Center, please check out our Success Stories.

Our services include career counseling and resume preparation, individual counseling, and a wide variety of support groups and workshops. For more information, please see our services page.

Mission

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is committed to providing valuable, innovative resources and services in an atmosphere that fosters mutual support, insight and growth for women of all backgrounds and ages as they strive to realize their own unique potential.

Vision

We visualize a community where all women have the opportunity and ability to achieve their own unique potential.

Brant and Sherri’s Deal Breaker Question

Deal Breaker Question for the ladies: Let’s say you’re single and a FANTASTIC guy wants to marry you. He’s incredibly attractive. Smart, handsome, a provider and protector. Spiritually mature kinda guy. Loves kids and “gets” you. ONE little quirk: He wears big floppy clown shoes. Yes, they squeak when he walks. He will them for the rest of his life. That’s just how he rolls. That’s his only quirk. Otherwise, he’s AWESOME. Do you marry him?

Relationship Preparation

Our three-year-old and our eight year-old boys are preparing for something a little unique and special for them.

 

A very special honor—they are going to be Ring Bearers together, which they have never done. We’re in the process of getting them measurements for their little tuxes, and the parents are really prepared. We’re trying to coach them down that isle.

 

That reminds you of all of the preparation that goes into that day, that wedding ceremony. I can’t help but think sometimes are we investing as much into the relationship at the same time.

 

Sometimes that gets over looked, and that’s really the most valuable piece.

 

Friend, think about that in your own relationship. What are you doing to prepare, no matter your age or stage, for the days ahead?

If you have a comment or question for Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Clarification Can Go a Long Way

Shine.FM this is Dr. Les Parrott, and I’m Dr. Leslie Parrott, your Shine.FM relationship experts.

We had an engagement in Boston this week and we’re waiting at Logan Airport for the taxicab and I told the guy I need a taxicab that takes a credit card.

That’s right.

So he went down the line yelling that out in that great Boston accent.

“Card, card need somebody with a card.”

Yeah and I’m not from Boston so I said what is he talking about.

I said it’s as plane as day to me, I grew up there.

That’s when we need to clarify content it’s just another example of how valuable that is.

Especially in marriage.

It is so easy for me to jump to conclusions and I got to check in with you.

Yeah and so when you can’t quite understand what your spouse is saying, friend think about that, just a little bit of clarification can go a long way.

 

If you have a comment or question for Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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The Control Freak

You know, Gerry Spence, world famous attorney said something very interesting in an interview about his marriage on day.

 

He said, “The day I finally realized I didn’t need to control my wife and if I did I would destroy our marriage was the day our marriage began.”

 

Isn’t that an amazing insight?

 

It is a struggle for all of us just to release control of the person we love.

 

Well you know I wrote a book some years ago called The Control Freak.

 

Yes you did.

 

I call it your autobiography.

 

I know you do.

 

I like control, and we both do.

 

Everybody is somebody’s control freak some of the time.

 

But when we give up some of that control in our own marriage that’s the day our marriage can really begin.

 

 

If you have a comment or question for Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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A Fresh Perspective

Well, there are some artists that sell their work on the street, but we saw an artist that actually puts his art on the street, literally.

Yeah, these chalk drawings he creates are mind boggling because they create on optical allusion that just tricks you.

It’s from the perspective you’re looking at it because on the one side it might look like there is a deep whole in the street or a mountain of money or something you literally think is right there, until you see it from a different perspective and you go, “Oh, it’s just flat on the sidewalk.”

Your mind can hardly process it, but that’s what it’s like when you get a fresh perspective on something.

The same is true in our relationships getting a fresh perspective see things from a whole new angle.

If you have a comment or question for Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Celebrate The Milestones

Well, you had kind of an interesting speaking engagement this week, didn’t you? Yeah, I had the chance to talk about marriage and relationships at a retirement community. Yeah, not your typical audience for this content. No, everyone there was at least two decades into retirement and they had such a great sense of humor. In fact, someone came up to me afterwards and said, “We are celebrating our 90th anniversary.” My jaw just dropped. Then she said, “90 months.” Well, there’s a lesson there, isn’t there? I think so. Even celebrating the months along the way is not a bad message for any of us. Friend, think about that in your own marriage. Celebrate the milestones, even if they are little ones.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM Relationship Experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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