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The Worst Relationship Advice AND A Couples Therapist’s Responses

Most relationship experts don’t agree with the advice below. Read on to see how we refute these very common, but unhelpful, ideas: 1. You can change your partner. 2. If things aren’t going well, continue to live together but stay as separate as you can. 3. The kids come first. 4. Don’t go to bed …

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Repetitive Arguments with our Partner: Why can’t they just GET IT?

Did you find yourself getting frustrated about the same things with your partner over and over? You’ve stated your requests again and again – why can’t your spouse just GET IT? Does it seem you’re both stating the very same things during each conflict? You are not alone. Many partners have core fights that they …

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You’re spending your time doing THAT?!?: How to Manage Competing Priorities After Baby Arrives

Following the baby’s arrival, the daily household tasks that need to get done can explode. Between cooking, dishes, diapers, bottles, ordering and/or shopping for household items, cleaning, and laundry … tasks can be endless. There are decisions and purchases that have to be made and, for many, being conscious of a budget. The stress and …

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3 Most Common Myths about Long-term Relationships and Sex

There is plenty of misinformation about couples’ sexual relationships online.  It’s troubling because: a) searching for answers to questions online is SO easy; b) it can be difficult to know if you’ve found reliable and valid information that’s based on work done by experts; and c) you will come across worst case scenarios.  And there’s …

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7 Things You Can Do When your Partner Isn’t Being Supportive

Do you have an unsupportive partner?  Has one of these scenarios happened to you?    You’re hurt by something your sister did but your partner doesn’t seem to care.    Something major just happened and your partner seems distracted and disinterested as you’re   telling them.   You’re angry about how  you were treated at the bank and your partner tells you it’s not a big deal.    You’re worried …

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Solving the Most Common Relationship Issues: Differing Methods for Child Rearing

How do we discipline our 2-year old when he’s having a temper tantrum in the middle of the store? Do we let our middle schooler have the cell phone she’s been begging us for? How do we handle our teenager who wants to be allowed to go to parties and get in cars with people …

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Making Summer a Time to Connect With Your Spouse—And Your Kids!

Summer brings longer days and brighter sunshine. In books and movies, it’s a time for love- spending days relaxing and taking romantic strolls. The reality may look a little different for parents. As a parent, I feel very torn this time of year. Part of me is singing Hallelujah at the thought of no more …

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Parenting in The Age of Social Media Frenzy

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

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

“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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