I am probably going to ruffle some feathers with this post, and I may not even sound very compassionate, but I have had a somewhat upsetting month from a therapy standpoint. That’s saying a lot, considering the emotional challenges I face with people on a daily basis. I feel a responsibility to address this topic. Infidelity […]Read More Before Starting or Continuing your Extramarital Affair, Do This First
One of my favorite tv shows while I was growing up was The Brady Bunch. Mike and Carol Brady managed each contrived family challenge with ease and contentment. That’s why the popular sitcom is definitely a better example of fiction than of blended families. Some of the most challenging cases I have seen in therapy are […]Read More Hope for Blended Families: When Your Brady Bunch is a Weighty Bunch
I sent my husband a text the other day by speaking into the phone as usual, and right before I sent it, I glanced at it to make sure it was comprehensible. What I saw actually took me by surprise. I was sending him a message saying, “I got you the best presents for Christmas,” […]Read More Presents or Presence this Holiday Season?
We have all experienced that awkward moment of hanging out with a couple who suddenly escalate into an argument, leaving everyone around them feeling uncomfortable. Heck, I have even been part of that difficult duo on occasion (my apologies to those I have contaminated with my bad mood). You can be out with another couple […]Read More How Marital Problems can Harm Children
When my dad passed away a few years ago, one of the saddest things about it for me as the youngest of six children was that my younger children wouldn’t experience his amazing personality. I was already sad that my mom was gone and my kids wouldn’t be on the receiving end of her endless […]Read More Grandparenting Power
My husband taught me a simple, yet powerful tool to build safety and security in marriage as well as in the entire family. It’s kind of humbling, considering the fact that I’m the one with two advanced university degrees in marriage and family therapy. Here’s the story behind it: Several years ago, I was tidying […]Read More How to be a Marital Superhero for your Children to Infinity and Beyond in One Easy Step
Here is an actual text exchange that occurred between my teenage daughter and me the other night. I’d spent the entire evening seeing clients and was coming home exhausted. As soon as I walked in the door, my phone buzzed. Here’s how the text conversation proceeded: Her: Can I get a gym pass please? Me: […]Read More This is Your Brain on Parenting