Don Olund is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, executive coach, and author, helping individuals, couples, and families break negative interactive patterns and create healthy, respectful relationships. Don has a reputation for being compassionate, solution-oriented and truly understanding.
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As I write, I am wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The delete button on my laptop is getting an all day workout emptying my mailbox! Maybe your done shopping by now. I haven’t started yet. Wait, let me take that back. I started my gift giving on Thanksgiving. Weird huh? We have a tradition […]
If there’s one thing that can spoil Thanksgiving Day, it’s a bad turkey. Come to think of it, there are a few more things that can spoil TD that have nothing to do with food. Let me explain. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday where families across America enjoy a traditional meal together, giving thanks […]
Have you ever felt like your spouse doesn’t get it? You try expressing your concerns that the marriage is struggling but it falls on deaf ears. Or maybe you get a paltry answer like, “things are fine” or “you worry too much”. So you lay awake worrying while your mate sleeps in oblivion. In some marriages, one is asleep to the […]
Last week I wrote about entitlement, the viral attack on kids today. I traced the origins of this virus and the negative effect it has on the family, especially kids. You can check it out here. I vowed not to leave you hanging and promised this week to prescribe an antidote to entitlement. The Antidote is […]
As a mindful parent you do everything within your power to establish a healthy environment where your kids can thrive. No way will you allow anything infectious to creep into your home. You scour the internet seeking solutions to anything kid related. When it comes to your kids, you are on the ball! No doubt, parents […]
Most couples come to see me for help in communication. When asked to describe the problem, I often hear… “When we fell in love opening up was effortless. We could talk for hours! Now when I want to have an important conversation I feel a lump in my throat. My words are jumbled. I start […]
The second presidential debate shed light on the issue of how women are treated sexually by men. When it comes to their questionable sexual behavior, some male politicians become sex educators. They teach lessons on “locker room talk” or variations on what the meaning of the word “is” is. Concern over the abuse of power by men toward women, […]
Sometimes guys get a bad rap from their female counterparts when it comes to communication. We can come across as being disinterested, insensitive, or clueless! Why is it that a guy can be so open with a girl when they first start dating and so closed after they marry? Confusing huh? (I’ll get to that […]
Your first marriage didn’t work. As you enter a second marriage, you pray it turns out better. Not just for your sake, but for the benefit of your kids as well. Blended families are more challenging to unite than biological ones. Trust me, I know by experience! Like me, you began with a vision of your blended family […]
Raising kids to become responsible adults is every parent’s dream. We hold our breath raising kids, dreading the nightmare of adult kids screwing up and expecting us to bail them out. In the empty nest stage, you can finally exhale knowing your kids have flown the coup and are navigating their flight into adulthood. I know the feeling […]