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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

June 21, 2016

It’s inevitable that if you’ve been married or been with someone for more than a year you’re going to have arguments. Sometimes arguments help clear the air, and end with you feeling closer to each other. But then there are those arguments that go round and round, up a...

June 7, 2016

Expectations get in the way with reality and setting your expectations too high can lead to frustration and breakups. There are things you can expect though and, in fact, you should expect in a healthy relationship. These things are not negotiable. If your relationship...

May 24, 2016

The last thing anyone will admit to wanting is drama in their life, yet most relationships have drama at one time or another. When you’re dating it’s the “games” couples feel compelled to play, so they don’t “scare” the other person away. So instead you play along and...

May 10, 2016

When you meet your special person it may feel as though the two of you are complete, and you are for a while. But marriage and relationships benefit from having friends. Friends give you support when you’re feeling isolated and their perspective helps you understand yo...

April 12, 2016

When talking to your friends about the key to a successful marriage, you may leave the conversation feeling overwhelmed and stressed, more convinced it’s sex, time spent or financial security that holds happy couples together. These issues are important and the couples...

February 9, 2016

Valentine’s Day is dreaded for many guys who try to please their lady with chocolate, flowers or gifts. No matter what you get her, she doesn’t seem completely satisfied, and she’s probably not. That’s due to many things, but the number one thing is what she really wan...

January 1, 2016

No matter who you are or where your relationship is at, you can improve it. Experts in the field of psychology and relationships agree on several of them, and this is my favorite list of the top five. Reminding yourself in the New Year that your relationship is created...

December 22, 2015

The holidays are supposed to be joyful and bring couples closer together. However, in reality, December sets the tone for the highest number of divorces, which begins in January and ends in March. The stress couples feel and become angry or depressed about in December...

February 4, 2014

The majority of women enjoy being in a relationship, but a large number of them also gain weight in relationships. Research has found that although relationships cause weight gain in women, it causes weight loss among men, especially within the first year of the relati...

May 13, 2010

Every marital therapist I know (as well as any other sort of couples therapist) talks about “Date Night” as a way of restoring a couple’s intimacy. Date nights are supposed to be a time off with just you and your partner. Dinner, movies, and trips are common types of “...

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