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“Orange” You Glad We Are Family?

“If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin Knock, knock. Who’s There? Your family! You and your family sit down for the first time with a family therapist.  Some feelings you may experience are nervousness, anxiety, […]


30 October 2013
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Are You a Good Parent?

Most people want to be good parents. But what makes a “good” parent? No rules? Lots of rules? Experts identify three parenting styles: Authoritarian parenting or a “brick wall” family: Authoritarian parents have an attitude of “my way or the highway.” The benefit of this style of parenting is that the kids have structure and […]


What We Want vs. What We Need

What We Want versus What We Need? In an ideal world we would satisfy our search for a significant other, with someone who fulfills all of our wants and needs. This would be our Mr. or Ms. Right.  Does such a person exist? Are our standards set to high that no one will ever be […]


Talk Rituals: The Most Important Marriage Ritual of All

Rituals in marriage are the things that happen often, are planned together and special mostly to you and your spouse.  Read the Rituals in Marriage and 3 Types of Rituals in Marriage posts in this series to learn more about rituals. One of the most common communication techniques taught to improve marriage is that couples […]


3 Types of Rituals in Marriage

Rituals in marriage are the things that happen often, are planned together and special mostly to you and your spouse.  Read the Rituals in Marriage post in this series to get more details. Almost anything can be turned into a ritual of connection, if the focus is on the relationship.  If just one person likes […]


Rituals in Marriage: Why They Are Important for Your Marriage

Before anyone thinks I’m losing it let me start out by giving a definition of rituals (no chicken feathers on an altar!). Rituals in marriage are the things that happen often, are planned together and special mostly to you and your spouse.  They may happen every year or they may happen every day.  Because they […]


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What Happens on Facebook … Can Ruin a Marriage

I’m sharing an article Posted by The Social Media Couple on May 23, 2012 · “Facebook doesn’t ruin marriages, people do.” This is the most popular comment on any online news story about how social networks affect marriages. We should know. Being the co-authors of Facebook and Your Marriage, we’re quoted and referenced in hundreds […]

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