Parenting in The Age of Social Media Frenzy

By Couples | March 22, 2018
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When young couples dream of having children, they dream about such things as holding their newborn infant for the first time, watching them take their first steps, and experiencing countless moments of pure joy and love for a child they’ve created together. And while all those things do happen, the reality we come to understand …

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Busting The Myths of Marriage That Cause Disappointment

By Couples | February 20, 2018
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  I was scrolling through my Facebook feed recently and came across an article that intrigued me but, as I read it, it made me increasingly angry.  It was entitled “10 Signs You’re Going to Marry Your Boyfriend Someday”. As a marriage and family therapist, of course, I find these articles interesting and they often …

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Make Your Relationship Your New Year’s Resolution

By Couples | January 16, 2018
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It is a New Year and a great time for self-reflection, growth and making positive changes in our lives! It also becomes a great time to look at our relationships, and see how we can make them more satisfying and stronger. Often, when we reflect on how to improve our relationship we focus on our …

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Validation Does Not Equal Agreement

By Couples | November 18, 2017
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Has your partner ever said to you “You’re being too sensitive”, “It’s silly to feel that way”, or “Don’t be sad, just cheer up.”? Often, responses like these to our partner’s emotions are said out of caring and a desire to make our partner feel better. After all, when we love someone, we never want …

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What is the One Crucial Skill You May Not be Teaching Your Children?

By Couples | October 19, 2017
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If you’re focused on your kids’ academics and sports, you may be missing the boat.  More than ever, society defines success for our children as good grades, how many activities/sports they participate in, and even how many friends they have. Beyond participation, we’re taught they need to excel in order to succeed in life.  Consequently, …

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Responding to the ‘Bad’ Emotions: Effective Ways to Manage Anger & Sadness

By Couples | September 15, 2017
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by Meredith Keller & Debby Deroian Some emotions have a very bad reputation! Sadness, fear, shame and jealousy are all considered negative and things we ‘shouldn’t’ feel.  We get the message we shouldn’t feel these things from society, from mass media and from our families (both when growing up and presently).  The reality is that …

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Tools to Communicate So Your Partner Can Actually Hear You

By Couples | August 14, 2017
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by Meredith Keller & Debby Deroian Most every couple has experienced that argument in which you escalate one another until you are caught in a negative cycle of defensiveness, anger and/or hurt feelings. When couples get caught up in these types of arguments, the original issue has little to no chance of being resolved. These …

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Why Is It Couples Come to Hate the Very Trait that First Drew Them To Their Partner?

By Couples | May 24, 2017

Imagine a love story where opposites attract: the popular guy becomes drawn to the shy bookworm, or the rich sophisticated woman falls for the hardworking blue collared man. In the movies, the ending is always the same-the couple brings out the best in each other with their opposite qualities and they live happily ever after. …

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My Teens Are Driving Me Crazy! And They Aren’t Even Mine: A Step Parent’s Frustration

By Couples | March 16, 2017
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“You’re not my real mother, so why should I listen to you?” “I hate you! I wish my father NEVER EVEN MET YOU!” “If it wasn’t for you, my parents would still be together.” If you’re a step parent of teens, it’s likely you’ve heard statements like these at times. How can a (newly remarried) …

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How to Handle Different Parenting Styles: “I’m Tired of Always Being the Bad Guy”

By Couples | January 19, 2017
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One of you thinks spanking is necessary at times and the other thinks there’s never a justification to hit One of you thinks kids need a good amount of discipline and the other thinks kids learn best in a loving environment One of you thinks kids need to have chores and the other thinks kids …

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