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Doris Wild Helmering - Building a Better Marriage
Doris Wild Helmering is a nationally known marriage and relationship counselor, weight loss expert, television and radio personality, and business management coach. She is author of nine books, 1,200 newspaper columns, six e-booklets, and has written for Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Self, and Scripps Howard News Service. She has been a guest on OPRAH, Good Morning America, and CNN. She received the Alumni Merit Award from St. Louis University for advancing the field of psychotherapy and the Woman of Achievement Award from Soroptimist International. She was awarded clinical status in the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Transactional Analysis Association.

You can visit her website at: www.doriswildhelmering.com .

Tags: parenting | jumping to conclusions | counseling

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

Doris Helmering By Thursday, 29 July 2021 04:22 PM Current | Bio | Archive

A stepmother went to pick up her stepson last winter at school. When the stepson came out to get in the car, he wasn't wearing a coat. The temperature was 15 degrees below zero with a wind chill factor of 35-below. It was the coldest day of the year.

As the child climbed into the car, the stepmother asked, "Where is your coat?" The stepson explained that his mother wouldn't let him wear his coat because she was sure that he would leave it at his father's and stepmother's house, and she didn't want that to happen.

With this piece of information, the stepmother started yelling about this kid's crazy mother. She then got on the telephone and told the boy's father what a jerk the mother was. As soon as the father got off the telephone with his wife, he called his lawyer and repeated the story. The lawyer responded, and I quote, "This borders on criminal neglect."

The lawyer then proposed to write threatening letters to this neglectful mother as well as to her lawyer.

That night while the stepmother was stewing about her stepson not having a coat, she decided to run out and buy him a new coat in his favorite colors. She certainly did not intend to be a neglectful parent.

The following morning was Saturday. Dad took his son to the gym. And behold, the shivering boy just happened to be looking through the lost-and-found articles and found the coat that his mother was unwilling to let him take to his father's and stepmother's house.

Smartly, the boy confided in his father that he had found his coat. The father now had to quickly call off the lawyer before he sent the letters proclaiming "criminal neglect."

The moral of this story:

  • Look before you leap
  • Don't jump to conclusions
  • Think before you act
  • Sleep on it
  • Everything is not always as it seems.

Check out Doris’ latest books, “The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed the World,” “The Parent Teacher Discussion Guide,“ and “Thin Becomes You” at Doris’ web page: http://www.doriswildhelmering.com.

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