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How to use a time-out when an argument gets out of control

You’re just trying to get dinner on the table so the kids can eat, finish homework, take baths, and get to bed at a reasonable hour. But the kids aren’t cooperating and your spouse is [...]

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How to Recover from a Major Argument

Marian and I were on our way home from a family event. We had a great time and were really excited because the next morning we were leaving for vacation. For some strange reason we got into a [...]

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10 Steps to Move Past the Past

“Oh, that’s water under the bridge.” This is a statement some make who think you cannot change what has happened in the past. Is moving forward as simple as that? Hardly, but it [...]

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How to argue less and love more

I enjoy watching movies. Recently my wife and I watched the 1951  classic, “A Streetcar Named Desire”. It was an edgy film, involving triangulated relationships. It’s not your [...]

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What Type of Couple Are You?

All couples fight. It is unavoidable. Imperfect people form imperfect relationships. I have an imperfect marriage too. My wife and I have conflicts once in awhile. I don’t like to fight. [...]

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My top 7 couple conflict resolution strategies

Have you ever felt stuck after a conflict with your spouse/partner?  An argument gets out of hand.  Words are spoken you wish you could take back.  Or perhaps you were on the receiving end.  You [...]

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5 Key Steps to Repair an Offense

One of my favorite YouTube channels is called “How It Should Have Ended”.  It is an animated spoof that re-enacts movie endings.  Many of these tongue-in-cheek clips are hilarious! [...]

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Resentment – Causes, Consequences, & Cures

    As a relationship, communication specialist I spend a vast majority of my day working with couples and/or families who face challenges in sustaining healthy relationships.  They [...]

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3 Easy Ways to Revive Your First Love

February 14 is a red letter day for young and old alike.  For centuries in parts of Europe and in America, Valentines Day is a time when love is expressed in beautifully crafted cards.  And if [...]

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How to Forgive People From a Distance

  Often I am asked the question, “How do I resolve feelings of anger and hurt from a person who wronged me and is unwilling to repair the offense?” In some cases, the offender is [...]

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