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How to make a relationship better all by yourself

I’m happy to say that my daughter was recently married. As a mom, it was one of the best days of my life (another was the day we adopted her from Korea). I prayed that I would enjoy not only the actual wedding day, but also the weeks leading up to it. As a counselor, I’ve heard too many horror stories of family meltdowns…

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Experiencing grace

Several years ago I experienced something that was terrible and wonderful at the same time.  My mother died of lung cancer; she was only sixty-nine. For most of my adulthood, my mother had not been a part of my life.  She didn’t attend my wedding, nor, before her illness, had she ever been to my home.  She missed seeing her grandchildren…

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Relationship resolution

This time of year brings the hope of new beginnings, fresh starts, and yes—the New Year’s resolution. For most of us, the resolution is easy to make. We’re quite clear about those things that need our attention. There are those that fall into the “start” category: eating more healthfully, exercising regularly, or keeping…

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How to stop making Christmas happen for everyone

The holidays can sometimes make you feel angry, hurt and tired. Often times, it seems like you’re the only one doing all the preparations for making the holiday a nice one. If it weren’t for you, there’d be no tree, no presents, no cookies, and no Christmas dinner. Maybe it’s not only the holidays that make you feel this way.…

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The risks of early dating

“Boys and girls who start dating at a young age may have more school and behavioral problems than their peers,” suggests a study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Adolescence. Early Daters were defined as kids who began dating at approximately 11 ½ years of age. That would be the average age of a 6th grader.…

Do you know how to ask for what you want or need?

In my last blog I talked about a woman who wanted to get her friend to stop commenting to her about her parenting style but she feared offending her friend and losing the friendship. Sometimes it can be tricky to express our feelings and needs wisely. One of most useful skills we can learn when we want to know how to express our feelings…

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Five things you can do to help someone that has been abused

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Did you know that one in four women report some sort of abuse in her most intimate relationships? We’ve all been in situations where we have a gut feeling something isn’t quite right or someone has disclosed something to us and we’re not sure what to do. Sometimes we respond by…

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