Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

September 19, 2016

The stress of everyday life takes a toll on your work, parenting skills, and relationships, especially the relationship with your partner. In a recent report, a marriage expert explained it’s not necessarily money or the in-laws causing conflict between couples. Rather...

September 12, 2016

Long before physical cheating happens within a marriage there are episodes of mindless, careless actions couples begin doing. These are not thought of as cheating, but they are a betrayal and when you’re the partner of someone who is engaged with one of the “casual for...

July 19, 2016

A recent survey noted in USA Today surveyed Americans about their stress level. 64% of those ages 18 to 33 replied saying they feel moderate to extreme levels of stress, and 98% replied that mild to moderate stress affected all levels of their life. Stress is inescapab...

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...

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