Parenting is hard, especially when we don’t really know from day to day what challenges we may be faced with. It can be easy to become reactive to situations involving our children, and these reactions often come from an emotional response that is not always helpful. Emotional … [Read more...] about Proactive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
The couple met with me almost every week for several months. They leave my office optimistic – even excited – about what their marriage has become and what it will be like in the future. As they leave, the wife turns and says something that has become etched in my memory. “I … [Read more...] about Six “Red Flags” of a Drifting Marriage
The raw, powerful Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has generated a fair bit of discussion and controversy. Based on a novel with the same title, the series tells the story of a girl, Hannah, who leaves behind tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she committed suicide. The … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Pay Attention to 13 Reasons Why
I think we all have experienced that feeling of helplessness when trying to comfort someone who has experienced a devastating loss. We always seem to try and find the “right words” to convey our sadness, and our desire to comfort and help the hurting individual. Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about “What Not to Say” to Someone Grieving a Loss
Many articles and books have been written on the emotional needs of women. For most men, these emotional needs are confusing, and simply do not make sense. But often women do not realize that their male counterparts also have emotional needs. Men often find it “unmanly” to … [Read more...] about The Way to a Man’s Heart is NOT Through His Stomach
“I can feel it coming on. My heart begins to race. I begin to breathe harder. The irritation is turning into anger. I don’t want to get angry with the person I love . . . . but here it goes . . . again!” Sound familiar? Why is it that we find ourselves moving from … [Read more...] about Take Off the Boxing Gloves!