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Clues Relationship May Be In Trouble

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~Rita Rudner 1) You No Longer Have Anything In Common. Do you and your partner live separate lives? Do you attend social functions together but don’t interact? Do you spend hours together but rarely talk about anything meaning? 2) Never Compliment Each Other. When is the last time you told your wife she is beautiful? That your husband is handsome? Do you ever acknowledge their hard work…

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Honor Your Valentine 365 Days A Year

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.” ~Martin Luther Valentine’s Day is set aside to give you a day to pay special honor to your loved one. Valentine’s Day is a great tradition and reminds us to keep our love alive and the relationship rejuvenated. What if you decided to live and breathe the ideals of Valentine’s Day 365 days a year? Can you imagine the impact this could have on your relationship? This would mean a…

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Is Your Relationship Going Down The Tubes

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~Rita Rudner 1) You No Longer Have Anything In Common. Do you and your partner live separate lives? Do you attend social functions together but don’t interact? Do you spend hours together but rarely talk about anything meaning? 2) Never Compliment Each Other. When is the last time you told your wife she is beautiful? That your husband is handsome? Do you ever acknowledge their hard work…

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Are You Being Held Hostage?

Emotional hostage takers can be your partner, your child, your parents or any person in your life. They can be hard to spot and even harder to cope with. Here are the warning signs to help you identify if you are in an emotionally unhealthy friendship or relationship: The person seems like they are your friend but the relationship is very draining on you. They conjure up situations that play off your sense of duty to the relationship. If the emotional hostage taker is afraid you are pulling away, or…

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Things Men Do To Make Matters Worse

When it comes to conflict, both men and women make mistakes. Here are ten things men do to make matters worse: 1) Use His Size To Intimidate. Stature is a way to overcome the issues. If you are taller than your woman, all you have to do is step forward. The closer you are, the smaller she will feel. She will be forced to look up if she wants to experience any form of eye contact. Her anxiety level will automatically go up if the man hovers over her like…

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The Six Stages of Marriage

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” ~Mignon McLaughlin Marriage is an evolving process of change with ups and downs, twists and turns. Most couples don’t realize that there are predictable stages occurring throughout the life of the marriage. Awareness of these stages can reduce stress and conflict during the tough times. When you understand there are often predictable stages that all couples typically go through, you can navigate safely through and sometimes past the tough times. Here are the six stages of…

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10 Rules For A Great Marriage

How would you like to increase the odds in your favor that your marriage will be head and shoulders above the rest?  Now a days men and women, especially young people are skeptical about the possibility of having a great marriage.  So many couples seem to be unhappy.  Is there hope that a wonderful marriage can exist?  You can bet on it and here are 10 of the secrets for guaranteeing your success. (1)    Accept and Embrace Your Partner’s Differences. A common dilemma for couples is to try and change…

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Put An End To Griping and Complaining

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”    ~ Benjamin Franklin The average person complains between 15 and 30 times a day.  Most of us are so conditioned to complain that we don’t even notice how much we gripe and complain about our lives.  We complain about things we cannot control such as weather and traffic.  We complain about our boss, our parents, our children, and anyone else who comes to mind.  The possibilities are endless. When you speak negatively about people, places or events and don’t…

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Dating Again After Divorce

Being single again can be a scary thing.  You don’t want to make the same mistakes as before.  You might be a little rusty in the dating department and you are not sure about the rules anymore.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are Dating again after divorce: 1.    Be clear about what you want and what you don’t want.  If you have experienced the struggles of a failed marriage then I suggest you raise your standards for the person you pick the next time…

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The Secrets To Better Listening

Two Ears and One Mouth  —  The Secrets To Better Listening by Mark Webb “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.”  ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers  1)   Listening Improves Everything.  It makes people feel appreciated and respected.  It brings intimacy to relationships, self esteem to your children, and will save time and money in your career. 2)  Keep The Golden Rule In Mind.  Listen to others the way you’d want them to listen to you. “If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.”  ~ Turkish Proverb 3)  Give…

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