Marriage and Kids: How Does That Work?

Marriage and Kids: How Does That Work?

Ready for a surprise? Multiple studies have found that most couples experience a decline in marriage satisfaction during the first three years after a baby is born. Now that doesn’t mean that the parents aren’t thrilled about their new little one, it means that the couple’s emotional connectedness, passion and romance, often to take a…

Confessions of a Change Junkie

Confessions of a Change Junkie

I am a self-confessed change junkie. I am much happier in the chaos of transition than with the constancy of the status quo. From the color on the walls to something ‘new’ on the grocery store shelf, I crave novelty, diversity, and movement. Over the years, this trait has become a consistent tool for helping…

Grief That Doesn’t Fit In: Part 1

Grief That Doesn’t Fit In: Part 1

There are tons of books, podcasts, shows, and blogs that address the topic of grief. Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life. It is the emotion that results when something or someone important to you is no longer in your life. Mourning is what happens when grief goes public. It’s the process that…

Vulnerability Takes Courage

Vulnerability Takes Courage

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” ~ Brene Brown Most people associate the idea of vulnerability with weakness.They want to avoid being vulnerable in any capacity so they are not taken advantage of or hurt. The need to protect oneself is logical. If…

Leaking is a Toxic Behavior Parents should Avoid: Part 1

Leaking is a Toxic Behavior Parents should Avoid: Part 1

What is leaking? Leaking is a term coined by Dr. Patricia Papernow, step-family and post-divorce expert, which describes what parents do and say to blame and/or undermine the other parent in the presence of their children. In my practice, I hear examples of leaking from many parents contemplating a divorce. Parents attempt to justify this…

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