One Powerful Way to Improve Communication

One Powerful Way to Improve Communication Think about the following situations.  You’re trying to tell your partner about the mess in your home, but their eyes are glued to the TV. Your concerns are met with, “Mm-hmm” and a half-hearted, “Sure.” A few weeks after you and your partner discussed an issue, you...

The Importance of Making Quality Time

The Importance of Making Quality Time How much time do you spend with your partner? How much of that time is quality time? Time spent isn’t quality time if you and your partner are sitting in the same house, but engrossed in your phones or the television. Quality time is spent without distractions,...

Decide to Forgive Or Be Forgiven to Rebuild Trust

Decide to Forgive Or Be Forgiven to Rebuild Trust No marriage is perfect.  Most couples experience a breach of trust at some point. It could be a lie, a betrayal, or even infidelity. But these breaches of trust don’t always signal an unhappy marriage. In one study, 56% of men who admitted to infidelity said that they...

How to Handle Stress in Your Relationship

How to Handle Stress in Your Relationship It is not easy to compartmentalize stress. Issues from work may bug you at home. Stress over your financial situation can pile onto the responsibilities you have in your relationship.  Don’t let outside issues put a strain on an otherwise healthy relationship. Use...

How to Prevent a Sexless Marriage

How to Prevent a Sexless Marriage “He leaves for work at 4 a.m., and he’s in a coma by 9.” “I work late into the evening, and manage the kids’ crazy morning routine before mine.” “We both have a lot going on right now.” “We’re just in a slump.” “It’s not like she’s interested when I try to make a move...

Make Love, Not Cookies

Make Love, Not Cookies Decades ago, on a late night I was up past the family bedtime making chocolate chip cookies. I was a young married woman busy with a toddler and a growing marriage counseling practice, and I wanted to show my husband my love and appreciation. For some reason it...

Four Tips to Stop Four Tips to Stop Nagging

Four Tips to Stop Four Tips to Stop Nagging Throughout your marriage, you will have many requests for your partner. To do the dishes more often, to spend more time planning dates, to pay more attention to you when you are telling a story. These requests aren’t unreasonable, and they should be validated by your...