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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Many years ago when I was going through divorce, followed by a career change, I had no idea how things were going to work out. The unknown was intimidating to say the least. I was afraid that I might make a wrong decision that would threaten not only my future, but my kids as well. […]
Last weekend my son Justin married his beautiful bride Brandy. It was an extraordinary event. What made it truly special was having the honor of officiating their exchange of vows. That’s right. My son and daughter-in-law asked me to perform the wedding ceremony. If extending me the privilege of marrying them was enough, Justin expressed this sentiment, “Everything […]
Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. I’ve experienced and observed a lot of insanity in family relationships. Some of the ways we communicate don’t change anything. It goes in one ear and out the other. Yet we say the same things the same way over […]
I remember watching a comedy show years ago when the main character dreamt that spores contaminated the water supply and impregnated men. It was hilarious watching guys struggle through pregnancy and deliver their dream baby: sail boat, sports car, and 4ft hero sandwich. It reminded me of how men don’t fully understand what women encounter […]
The other day, an article caught my attention in the Guardian, a United Kingdom publication. It is entitled, Want to Save Your Marriage? Don’t have kids. Please don’t read it until you finish my blog. Trust me, it will help! Honestly, there was nothing new in the article I did not know. Several years ago […]
It shouldn’t be that complicated right? After all, you’re not asking for a lot–maybe just a little help from him with the kids. You want her to cut back a little on spending. By the reaction it might seem you were asking for their right arm! Why is it so hard getting my partner to […]
Do you find it difficult to relax? You work from sunrise to moonlight, exhausted as you collapse in bed, yet finding it difficult to sleep because you are worried about how to tackle tomorrow’s agenda. When someone pays you a compliment, do you have a hard time accepting it? Your inner critic blocks it by […]
The response to my last blog, 7 Things Your Kid Wants From You But Will Never Ask, was enormous. Scores of people shared it on their social media sites. So, a big thank you! It seems prudent to follow up with a blog to help parents get at some of the things your kid wants […]
Today we tackle the second 5 steps in how to get past the past. For the first five, check out part 1 of this episode in this article, Ten Steps to Move Past the Past. As always, tell us what you think. We’d love to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment here. Tell us […]
You dream of being a parent one day. Then it happens. Your firstborn arrives and is carefully placed in your arms. As you gaze upon your infant, indescribable joy floods your heart and tears fill your eyes. “I am a parent, and you are my baby.” Thus begins the journey of life together. Ahh, such wonderful bliss… Fast-forward […]