Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

December 1, 2020

The holiday season is one of the most popular times for marriage proposals and, due to the pandemic, many of those proposals are happening virtually. However, you don’t have to be getting married to show your partner you’re committed to them. No matter what social medi...

November 27, 2020

The secret to a happy marriage is never one thing. It’s co-creating something special with your partner over and over again. One of the biggest causes of marital strife is when couples stop nurturing their marriage. Happy couples do small, special actions every day for...

November 24, 2020

This year has tested us in ways we never expected. It’s easy to become jaded, cynical, or withdrawn. But humans are remarkable in their ability to change and adopt a healthier mindset that adds meaning and purpose. Rather than comparing yourself to others or feeling so...

November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving will be different this year, but don’t let that discourage you or your family from celebrating and feeling close to each other. Visiting the grandparents or meeting at a large family table may not be possible, but you can still enjoy the festivities, food...

November 17, 2020

Before the pandemic began, we led busy, full lives. We complained about being stressed for time and overwhelmed with work. You may have compared yourselves to others on social media, feeling inadequate with your inability to travel and party on the weekends. But the pa...

November 11, 2020

What happens outside the bedroom between partners is brought to the bedroom. When partners begin feeling like their relationship is stale, their sex life reflects that. Sex becomes routine or boring, leading couples to focus more on it and become more dissatisfied with...

November 6, 2020

Maybe you’ve dismissed the idea of cuffing season in the past, but if you’re lonely or wanting to date this holiday season, chances are you’ll reconsider. Single people who feel isolated or vulnerable during the pandemic may find themselves discontent with their status...

November 4, 2020

Everyone has different opinions about what should be happening in the world. However, some people make it impossible to have a civil discussion about their opinions. Trying to interact or live with these “difficult” people is often frustrating, but it is possible if yo...

October 29, 2020

Have your ever received a text that made you feel upset, angry, or confused? Maybe you sent one you wished you could take back. If so, you’ve experienced how texting can distort meanings and damage communication. Face-to-face communication is always best, especially wh...

October 27, 2020

When you’re in a relationship, you share many aspects of your lives – friendships, goals, future plans, and family. However, sometimes what happens in families should not be shared with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Long-standing conflicts and past family drama only gr...

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