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5 Ways to Date your Spouse when you have Small Children

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“I Miss My Partner” 5 Ways to Date Your Spouse When You Have Small Children (Get Creative!) Being a parent is not for the faint of heart. Anyone with small children is all-too-familiar with the hectic nature of raising babies and toddlers.  During awake hours, you are teaching, nurturing, preparing meals, eating together, cleaning up […]

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What to do When Your Partner Shuts Down

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What is Stonewalling? By Laura Silverstein, Certified Gottman Therapist You may not know the name for it, but most of us know how it feels when we are trying to get through to someone, and bump up against nothing but a stone wall. What do you do when your partner shuts down? It usually happens […]

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Premarital Counseling FAQ

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Why should every engaged couple put “Premarital Counseling” on their bridal registry? Congratulations! You’re either getting married or seriously considering it. While getting married can be one of the best times of your life, it can also be incredibly stressful.  Whether you’ve known each other a long time, already been living together, or have had a […]

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19 Ways to Say Thank You

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Why Every Day Should Be Thanksgiving My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is not watching the big floats in the parade, playing touch football in the crisp fall air or cooking those family famous sweet potatoes with grandma, but having each person around the table say what they are thankful for. With the Thanksgiving holiday right around […]

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3 Communication Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

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Are you making any of these 3 communication mistakes? You are probably articulate and informed, and present yourself very well in social and professional situations.  Maybe you’re able to negotiate business deals with many commas and zeros, or convince your three-year-old that she’d rather join you at the grocery store than continue watching her favorite […]

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My 15 Favorite Relationship Quotes

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No one can talk about love and relationships better than the poets, the philosophers and the artists! 1. “When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” ― Martin Buber 2. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy […]

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“It’s a pretty amazing thing to be part of:” A Conversation with Laura Silverstein, LCSW

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By Elizabeth Helen Spencer During my conversation with Laura, I was struck by her description of couples counseling as an opportunity for two partners to find and feel the love they have for each other. While many people imagine couples counseling as a place where people fight or complain about each other, Laura describes it […]

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How to Stop Being Defensive (Even when you feel attacked)

How to Stop Being Defensive (Even When You Feel Attacked) You intended to have a loving, respectful conversation with your partner. Instead you ended up arguing again. Do you wonder why this happens? One likely explanation is that you’re becoming defensive without even realizing it.  The good news is that this is a teachable skill.  You […]

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What Porcupines Can Teach Us About Making Love (Contains mild sexual content)

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  Dr. John Gottman is not only a ground-breaking relationship researcher and theoretician, he’s also really funny!  I highly recommend taking a look at this video for a comical depiction of an all-too-familiar dynamic between men and women in the bedroom… Problems in the Bedroom? Usually sex isn’t an issue in a new relationship.  Pheromones […]

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7 Minute Progressive Muscle Relaxation

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Do this progressive muscle relaxation exercise lying down if you are trying to fall asleep or relax, do it seated upright if you are trying to increase focus and energy. It Really is Worth 7 Minutes of Your Day Your muscles tighten when you experience stress, acute physical pain, chronic discomfort, and worry.  Most of us don’t […]

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