Relationship Tools for Every Season

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Welcome to Fall. As the air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn, the rhythm of our daily schedule changes, reminding us that life is all about transition. We enter the world as infants and then progress through each new season, learning as we go. Relationships pass through seasons, too, and we need to equip ourselves to deal successfully and caringly with people and situations as they develop. It is understandable to think that [...] Read more »

Brief Review of Relationship and Marriage Education Research

By Dr. Dannelle Larsen-Rife Co-Director of Research, Healthy Relationships California Under the Bush administration, 100 million dollars was allocated for Marriage Education. While some report that the results for Relationship and Marriage Education (RME) are disappointing (Johnson, 2012), there is ample evidence that RME is effective. The Washington Post (June 27, 2010) reported several examples of research in support of RME. There are two primary examples that have been cited suggesting that RME does not [...] Read more »

Do Marriage Classes Really Work? (Infographic Series)

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Do Marriage Classes really work? Our research says yes! Beginning today, HRC will be releasing an infographic series summarizing the research on Relationship and Marriage Education (RME). Watch for a new infographic every few weeks. Please share with your friends through email, Facebook, and Twitter, and feel free to share these images on your websites. Help us get the word out about the power of RME!   Use This Graphic for FREE on Your Site! [...] Read more »

Give a Life-Changing Gift for Mother’s Day

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Often people think Relationship Education (RE) is only for couples, or for people preparing for marriage. The truth is, the skills learned in these classes are easily applied to all relationships in life, and they can do wonders for enhancing the relationship between parent and child. Why should you try RE? Consider these four ways RE can build family relationships: 1.       RE improves communication between parents and children. While everyone knows that communication is vital [...] 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 »

The ABCs of Meeting Your Match

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Dating in the 21st Century can seem overly complicated.  There are “dating experts,” “online matchmakers,” and “relationship coaches” who give all kinds of advice on finding love. They share secrets to writing the perfect online profile, wardrobe tips for speed dating socials, and conversation topics to discuss and avoid on first dates.  All this advice is just to land a first date! Once the first date is set, there’s more advice for that. If a [...] 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 »

Healthy Relationships California Receives Federal Grant to Help Low-Income Couples and Families

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The announcement last week by Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families of its Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationships grants spells good news for Californians, as Healthy Relationships California is one of only four organizations in the country receiving the top award of $2.5 million a year for the next three years. The new grant focuses on low-income populations in nine of California’s largest counties—Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Riverside, Alameda, Fresno and [...] Read more »

California Marriage Organization Name Change Reflects Expanded Vision

California Healthy Marriages Coalition is capitalizing upon its prominence as a national leader in Relationship and Marriage Education in a name change to Healthy Relationships California (HRC). “Since all relationships can benefit from the skills taught in Relationship Education classes,” says HRC’s president Dennis Stoica, “we hope our new name will inspire all Californians to bring these benefits to their relationships with their spouse, kids, family, friends, colleagues—everyone in their lives.” “The skills taught in [...] Read more »

Take Control of Your Anger or It Will Control You!

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Be honest, does your anger get the best of you at times? Does it seem to take over when things get heated with your partner or your kids? Gary Chapman, marriage expert and author of The Five Love Languages says, “Anger is like FIRE. Control it. Use it. Be motivated by it. Whatever you do, don’t ignore it.” Why? Because anger is toxic. For those who stuff their feelings and keep it from coming out, [...] Read more »