Arguments with loved ones can wreck an entire day

Focus On Where We Agree

It is easy to feel a sense of helplessness or even depression these days. When we turn on the news or talk with friends were besieged with information about shocking events that make many of us feel uncertain about our future. A pandemic, an election, cou ...

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Your Money, Your New Year

As I start the New Year writing about money decisions, I want you to understand that this is NOT going to be an article about how that mocha latte you bought this morning is preventing you from being a millionaire! And while you may not have sworn off ...

We are always reaching for more time, but we don't use the time we have ... Photo by Pat Whelen from Pexels

Why We Procrastinate

You wanted to file that paperwork in time, but it just felt, “heavy.” You couldn’t get it started, and now the deadline has passed. There was something you needed at the store and you were going to go later but now it is closed and you’ll have to wait ...

Online therapy has advantages

How does tele-therapy work?

In the COVID quarantine we have become comfortable with tele-meetings, tele-family gatherings, tele-school and tele-everything else.  We socialize via video chats all the time now. We have celebrated major milestones this way and, tragically, said good ...

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What is Emotional Abuse?

Emotional Abuse. You have heard the term used in discussions about relationships.  You think you know what it means. However, you have a situation in mind where it is sort  of borderline. Maybe it's abuse? Maybe it's just inappropriate behavior t ...

Get to know your partner better

It seems odd to say about the person you have been spending all your free time with for several weeks, or maybe months. But you could likely get to know that person even better than you do now. It doesn’t matter that you think you know them better than ...

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Disrupt the Cycle of Toxic Family Traits

We are all able to easily recall things our parents did that made us angry. We can hear echoes of our parents’ voices in the words we say to our own children. And we naturally fear that we are going to make some of the same mistakes they did. Every ...

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Have the Best Holiday Ever by Managing Conflict

Thanksgiving can be a bit of an emotional mess. And so can Christmas. In fact, any time your family gets together there is the possibility for a replay of years' worth of problems and concerns. This year many of us got a reprieve of sorts. The COVID qu ...

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Journaling as a Mental Health Tool

Recently at a lunch break in a busy cafeteria, a young woman slumped over her table. She was writing in a journal. When asked what she was writing, she responded, “A little bit of everything, really.” When I paused, she filled the silence with a bit ...

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Co-Parenting Tips

Our neighbors across the street generally kept to themselves after moving in two years ago. We seldom saw the kids outside, and even less often the parents. Some of us only know their names because Jennifer, our neighborhood busy bee, talked to them on ...