• Why Pets Improve Our Lives

    Pets rock!  Easy for me to say now, but a few years ago I didn’t feel that way.  I saw them as more of a burden, something you had to clean up after and spend a lot of money on.  But then we got Phoebe, our truly wonderful Shepherd/Doberman mix...

  • Turning the Tide on Bullying

    Bullying is real!  Pretty obvious, right? But for me, until my kids reached middle school and I heard about how kids were being bullied, I really had no idea. If there is one thing I have learned about bullying, it is that it can have devastating effects on the victim...

  • Rethinking Autumn to Finish Strong

    Here in the Midwest, you sure wouldn’t guess it is Autumn. With temperatures hovering around ninety degrees, winter still seems a long way away. But in reality, it is Autumn, and rather than focusing on what some may consider a depressing time of year (think colder weather and nights getting...

  • Unplug for the Sake of Your Family

    Enough, already! Turn off that… Sound familiar? If you have teenagers, it probably does. Just the other day I had to have a discussion with my son, who is a high school sophomore, about why unplugging now and then is actually good for him. Are you aware that “screen time,”...

  • A Sure Fire Date Night Idea

    You ready for some football?  Fan or not, the energy of a football game can make for some serious fun.  I grew up going to football games, especially the bigger ones.  From my experience, there is nothing better than hanging out with your spouse when they are all spruced up...

  • Enrich Your Life by Opening Up Your Home

    Americans are more isolated than ever before.  We spend more time by ourselves and have fewer and fewer guests into our homes.  I was at a friend’s house recently and asked him about his neighbors.   He said he really didn’t know them despite living next to them for the past...

  • Improving Your Life in Just 5 Minutes

    Your life can get better, even it means changing your daily routine by just five minutes. Do you believe this? Sometimes, our lives are hectic.  At other times they can become routine, boring, even a grind.  But when we stop and look around, the world around us is pretty amazing. ...

  • How to Get Things Right in Your Marriage

    Marriages fail, but yours doesn’t have to.  They fail because couples forget the value of having fun.  They allow the demands of life to get in the way of just taking a break now and then and having some fun together. If you’ve ever seen the show Parks & Recreation,...

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    2 Minutes to Make a Difference – A Personal Request from Doug

    2 Minutes to Make a Difference – A Personal Request from Doug I just need 2 minutes of your time. If you are a loyal reader of my blog, you know I typically write about topics that make a difference in the lives of couples and their families. This week...

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    4 Easy Steps To Sanity

    4 Easy Steps To Sanity Summer vacations are all but over, schools are ramping back up, and fall is right around the corner. Anyone depressed yet? Well, if fall is in on your mind, then that probably means you’re thinking, like me, that it’s time to get everyone focused. If...