The Power of the Compliment

Has this ever happened to you? You notice something your spouse is doing that bothers you and you decide to bring it up, only to be told in not so many words that you do not appreciate the things they do right. On the surface, this criticism seems unfair. Of...

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Setting Boundaries with Extended Family

Have you ever seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? My family sat down the other day and watched both the original and the sequel. I forgot how funny it was, especially the practice of using Windex to heal most physical ailments. Of particular interest though were the expectations...

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10 Ways to Make a Splash!

Hope your summer is going well. Well, the intense heat of the summer is upon us. For my readers in Arizona, Texas, and the Middle East, they sure have been dealing with some intense heat recently. With four kids still under my roof, there is no shortage of requests to...

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When to Just Let It Go

Unless you have been on a desert island for the past couple of years, you are probably familiar with the wildly popular song “let it go,” sung by Idena Menzel, from the Disney movie Frozen. Part of the lyrics to that song go, “let it go, let it go, can’t...

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Save Your Relationship with an Apology

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were being blamed for something that you knew you did nothing wrong?  This type of situation can be difficult to manage but what about when you know, you did something wrong and the results of what you did have damaged...

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Take Care of the Real You

Think about your typical day. You may work, do some chores around the house, go to a kid’s activity, possibly exercise and maybe, just maybe have a few minutes of downtime. Then you go to bed and wake up the next day and do it all over again. This cycle...

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The Power of Having Someone Who Cares

You may remember that a few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of building a strong community. From the responses I received, I realized this topic struck a nerve. It seemed everyone, for the most part, agreed in principle that being part of a supportive community is important and...

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Time to Dream Again

Is your life anywhere close to what you thought it would be? For most Americans as they move further into their adult lives, they too often come to the painful conclusion that their lives do not look at all like they thought it would be. This realization can often produce...

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The Importance of Building Community

I have found that becoming part of a community can be a surprisingly tough thing to find. If you were once in the military or you are currently in now, you understand that military families have an obvious connection, but when you are living in a non-military environment, it can...

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