We have all heard people grumble about Valentines Day as, "Just another opportunity for Hallmark to take your money." Please allow us to challenge you in your thinking because Valentines Day is an opportunity for you to do something meaningful for your spouse. Further, when you're married, you never want to miss a chance to do something meaningful!Anyone who has been married for more than a year
Would it surprise you to know that the choices we make, each and every day, are rewiring our brains one neuropathway at a time? Wow!Think about the implications of that for just a moment. You choose something in particular for breakfast and your brain is being rewired. You treat your spouse a certain way and your brain is rewired. You choose a new route to go to work or school and your brain gets rewired.
Thu, Sep 22 2016 09:11 AM
| counseling, learning, life
Very few of us like to admit when we need help. I get it. It can seem like a weakness to essentially say, "I couldn't figure it out on my own, so I had to get some help." Contrast this with our son-in-law who didn't know a thing about home repair until he bought a fixer-upper. Now he looks for help with laying tile floors and making electrical repairs on YouTube. That's right, YouTube. He needed help,
Tue, Jun 7 2016 02:01 PM
| addiction, alcohol, counseling
Advice for Those Who Have a Loved One Struggling with Alcoholism: Tips for Helping Someone Seek Treatment to Avoid Potential SuicideMany of us realize that alcoholism results in a plethora of problems, from ruined relationships, to lost jobs, to DUI, to health problems. One thing that you may not realize, however, is that there is a strong connection between alcoholism and suicidal thoughts, tendencies,
Let's face it, nobody gets married hoping to get divorced some day. Each and every one of us would say, "Someday, if/when I get married, I want to be married for life." So why is it that around 1/3 of all marriages end in divorce? [By the way, there is a common misconception that the divorce rate has been around 50 percent since the late 1970's. This myth has been debunked and explained very well in
Wed, Feb 17 2016 08:59 AM
| communication, learning, life, women
I LOVED THIS BOOK!I already know that I am the outlier here–a man who signed up to read, review, and help launch a book intended for women. You may have all secretly wondered, “Is this guy a creeper?” No, I am not. I am a husband, a father (of daughters), a professional who works with many women trying to address their struggles and challenges in life, and a child of a way too gracious
Mon, Sep 21 2015 02:55 PM
| learning, marriage, men, practical, women
I've been reading a great book by Dr. David Stoup called, "You Are What You Think." While this blog post is not intended to serve as a book review, the contents of Dr. Stoup's book are just too good not to share!First, let's talk about brains. Helping people manage their brains is my field of expertise and something I am quite passionate about. I love teaching people how they can mold their brains.
Fri, Jul 3 2015 11:26 AM
| communication, family, fight, violence
There are many different terms for conflict between people whether as couples, in relationships, in marriages, or in families. In many cases there is simply a communication problem of not knowing how to emotionally reach your partner. However, there are families or couples who have a different sort of problem that is not about communication. Some may label it a communication problem.
Up front, we need to confess that we have not read Fifty Shades of Grey nor do we intend to. What we know about this book comes from talk shows, various book reviews, and from overhearing lots of people talking about it… mostly women. This is a highly popular book and any woman who is NOT reading the best seller ends up feeling like they were the only one not invited to the party. What is this
Selfishness is the antithesis (the exact opposite) of marriage. Let me say that one more time to let it sink in fully: selfishness is the antithesis of marriage. And, we all struggle with selfishness. You, me, your spouse, and my spouse all will struggle here. In case you were unable to grasp the full reality of the previous statement, let's break it down together. Selfishness is allowing your