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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »