Surviving the Empty Nest Years (Infographic Series)

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Have your kids flown the nest? The Empty Nest years can be a rewarding time in marriage, but it also brings its own unique complexities. HRC’s “Surviving the Empty Nest Years” infographic shares the secrets to falling in love again, as well as research on how Marriage Education can benefit couples in this stage of life. HRC is releasing an infographic series summarizing the research on Relationship and Marriage Education (RME). Watch for new infographics [...] Read more »

Don’t Be Misunderstood in Love!

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“Te amo.” “Je t’aime.” “Ich liebe dich.” For someone who doesn’t speak these languages, these phrases are just sounds without meaning. But if you know Spanish, French, or German, you know they all express the same sentiment: “I love you.” Just as different nations speak different languages, different people speak different love languages—some ways of showing love will be more powerful for one person than for another. When two people in a relationship speak different [...] Read more »

HRC Staffer Receives Orange County Press Club Award: Best Family and Lifestyle Blog

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  Lucinda Loveland, a blogger for Healthy Relationship California, has been recognized for her talent and the relationships-supporting messages conveyed throughout her writing. Now both a staff writer and translator for HRC, Lucinda began writing about Relationship and Marriage Education programs and ideas as a student in a Marriage Education class.  Her popular blog postings include: How to Change Your Partner, Take Control of Your Anger or It Will Control You, 5 Selfish Reasons to [...] Read more »

Prepping Yourself for “Those” Awkward Holiday Conversations

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. The holidays are intended to be a time for food, family, and family get-togethers. But let’s be honest–holiday celebrations rarely go down like a picture perfect Norman Rockwell painting. For many of us, our holiday family gatherings could be the inspiration for National Lampoon’s Holiday Vacation or be the focus for a week of Jerry Springer shows. You’ve heard the saying, “distance makes the heart grow fonder.”  [...] 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 »

Fatherhood and Marriage by the Numbers

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By Steve Cooper (Hitched Media) We’ve all heard the saying (or something like it) before, “Any guy can conceive a child, but it takes a real man to be a father.” So what does that mean exactly? It starts with dads giving their time. A new survey conducted by the Ad Council found that 86 percent of fathers today spend more time with their kids than their own fathers did. This is great news, however, [...] 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 »

Family Life In America

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Every year you can expect to find a publication showing social indicators of marital health and well-being, including family life in America. At the tail end of the year, the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values released the 2011 issue of The State of Our Unions: When Baby Makes Three—How Parenthood Makes Life Meaningful and How Marriage Makes Parenthood Bearable. [...] Read more »