Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

January 31, 2017

When you hear about the NFL or Super Bowl, you don’t usually think about entertaining with your children but maybe you should. The Super Bowl has life lessons that are important for kids. The NFL may not be your idea of a great role model, but the athletes are teaching...

January 29, 2017

Kids don't come with a manual and neither does parenting. For the most part, good communication gets you through the rough times and helps to divert disaster.

One dilemma that tends to stymie most parents centers around the friends your child chooses. Most of the time,...

January 28, 2017

 "People are made to be loved and things are made to be used. The confusion in this world is that people are used and things are loved." — Author Unknown.

I watched 20/20 last week with millions of others to see the aftermath of destruction that followed the scanda...

January 26, 2017

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...

January 25, 2017

When couples come for marital therapy there is a sense of urgency and despair. Many of them have talked about ending the marriage, and a few of them are using marital therapy as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. A common question that is asked within the firs...

January 23, 2017

“I’m not advocating for loveless marriages. But it’s also the case that marriage 
doesn’t make us happy every day. No marriage does, but your marriage serves
as so much more than just a vehicle for immediate individual adult needs. It makes
one world for your child, an...

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 22, 2017

My generation came up with a term to assuage the guilt of breaking up a family. We divorced our partners and then told our children we would be spending quality time with them. We did this for the right reason, seeing their big tears in their eyes as we left. We told o...

January 17, 2017

My mother died soon after my father’s death. She stuck around and went through the motions with burying him, and sending out the thank you cards to family and friend, but her spirit died. She told all of us when we tried to cheer her up that her wish was to be gone bef...

January 16, 2017

Everyone wishes they had what they wanted, but wishing doesn’t make dreams come true. Persistently working toward your dream each day is what success is made of. Below are suggestions to encourage you to making your dreams come true.

  1. You have to name your dream and...

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