Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

January 22, 2017

It’s a well-known that the three biggest problems for couples are communication, sex, and finances, but that’s not what the majority of couples fight about. The number one conflict is over “nothing” according to relationship experts. Couples rarely sit down and discuss...

January 8, 2017

It’s a new year and you’re hoping to resolve the past with unreasonable people and work it out. However, that’s not going to happen no matter how hard you try. Unreasonable people are unreasonable and that means you cannot reason with them; but, you can still find peac...

December 26, 2016

New Year’s brings out the optimist in all of us. We write a list of things we’re going to do differently to become a better version of ourselves. Whether it’s your weight, your work habits, or your parenting, everyone has things to work on. Improving your relationship...

December 5, 2016

Ribbons, wrappings, and bows are beautiful, but once you open the package and see the gift the moment of sheer happiness is short-lived. Psychology research has shown that experiences bring more happiness than possessions. Anticipation of the experience brings joy to t...

November 30, 2016

Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years Eve are just around the corner. For the majority of couples that means lots of together time. For individuals who have found a special someone that usually means going home and sharing dinner together with mom, dad, family and friends...

November 19, 2016

No one considers the effects of chronic illness on their relationship, but those who live with illness can tell you there is a big change. The sooner couples talk about their fear, anger, confusion and guilt to the more support and increase in intimacy they’ll experien...

November 2, 2016

When we talk about menopause we think of older women, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and a miserable time. Those symptoms are a reality for many women during this time. However, not all women experience the physical symptoms.  An estimated 6,000 women in the...

October 31, 2016

It’s that time of the year when couples begin talking about what they’re dressing up as for Halloween. It may seem insignificant who wears what costume, but relationship researchers suggest it reveals a lot about the couple. To fall in love is to grow and want another...

October 24, 2016

If you’ve ever been in a relationship with a manipulator, chances are you’ll never forget it. You end up being put into situations you don’t like being in and feel trapped to resist the situation or consequences. In a sense we are all manipulated into buying something...

October 17, 2016

With more and more time spent at work it’s become common to have a work spouse. This person has usually gone through ups and downs of your typical work day, listened to you vent about unreasonable colleagues and more than likely has seen you at your worst; angry and cr...

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