Ties that Bind: Creating Family Traditions for the Holidays

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What are your favorite holiday traditions? Do you host a Turkey Bowl football game on Thanksgiving? Decorate cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve? Maybe you prepare a special holiday dish that honors your heritage, or you invite your extended family over for a meal. Chances are, these holiday traditions make up some of your favorite memories. Traditions are a powerful bonding force in families; they give us a sense of identity and belonging, and bring [...] Read more »

The Little Monsters in All of Us – and How to Defeat Them

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Halloween is upon us!  Vampires, ghouls, and zombies will be wandering the streets in search of candy and other treats. Even adults get into dressing up as monsters during the fall-time festivities.  While it’s fine to don a monster costume for an evening, are you guilty of letting your inner monster get out when conflicts arise in your relationships? Think about it, most every monster emerges when circumstances are just right.  Your inner-monster doesn’t need [...] Read more »

Why Every Couple Should Attend Marriage Education Classes

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Millions of couples have improved their marriage while sitting on their butts! No, they weren’t just sitting around doing nothing: They sat in a Marriage Education class and learned key skills for speaking, listening, understanding and connecting to their spouse. Their reasons for attending the program varied. One or both of them may have felt they were missing something in their marriage. Or, their relationship may have been in the doldrums and neither knew how [...] Read more »

5 Big Lies about Love

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Everything you think you know about love is probably wrong! Common sentiments about love get repeated over and over. Popular sayings get passed on from generation to generation. Ideas about love get affirmed by our “feelings” and by what we hope to be true rather than by logic and meaningful information. Yep, we’ve all been duped when it comes to matters of the heart. Now is the time to crush the romantic fibs out of [...] Read more »

Kraft’s Contest Calls for Marriage Education

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The tangy taste of Miracle Whip is loved by some and hated by others. But Kraft, maker of the salad dressing, has kicked off a “Not for Every Relationship” contest that is stirring up a whole new controversy. Why? Because they are offering $25,000 for the winning story to go towards a couple’s wedding…or divorce. For some, this is simply a humorous campaign; for others, it is the source of great concern. Beverly Willett, the [...] Read more »