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The Next Step in Marriage Counseling

Yesterday, I talked about knowing when you need counseling. Today I'd like to talk about how to choose a marriage counselor. After finally deciding to get help, many couples are overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of counseling options. Most couples begin by searching the internet. Another good choice is to ask a family doctor or trusted minister for suggestions. But the best referrals for marriage counselors come...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

10 Things Husbands Want to Hear from Wives

Well, maybe you're not saying what he wants to hear. What your husband craves are words of praise and validation from the most important person in his life. There are 10 things your husband wants to hear from you. Number one… "I love being your wife." Number two… "You're an outstanding father." Three… "I'm really attracted to you. You are the Man!" Four… "I really respect the decision you made." Join me...
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

Write to Right a Wrong

You've heard that two wrongs don't make a right, but it's possible that you can right a wrong with the written word. Maybe this has happened to you. You say something in the heat of the moment, you take a joke too far; someone you love gets hurt. You need to apologize, right? Why not try something a little different. Write it out in a note, you can even use our free stationery. A note can be a well thought...
Jan 01, 1970 / Relationships and Communication

No More Nagging… Here’s How

Do you find yourself constantly telling them to brush their teeth, make their bed or pick out their clothes for the next day? If you want to encourage responsibility in your child, consider posting a chart of their daily routines in their room. List your child's name and their responsibilities for the day, then let them check off their completed tasks. You may even reward your child with a special treat if they...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

Attitude Adjustment

You make decisions every day—what to eat, what to wear, where to go. If you find yourself complaining…or frequently irritated, then make the decision to be content…to be satisfied with your circumstances in life. It's not hard, but it does take practice. Next time you think of what's wrong with your situation, stop! For instance, instead of complaining because you have to mow the lawn, be thankful that you...
Jan 01, 1970 / Character

iMOM Movie Monitor

Every year, there is a huge movie push from Hollywood to take advantage of the holidays. The problem is that we often don't know whether the movie is truly suitable for our children until the money is paid, the popcorn is purchased, and the show has started. Well, this year, you don't have to worry about that. Is Tron: Legacy okay for your kids and teens? Want to know if Gulliver's Travels is family friendly? Find...
Jan 01, 1970 / Kids & Culture

Workaholic Parents

A University of North Carolina study found that children of workaholics have the same levels of anxiety and depression as children of alcoholics. Scary, isn't it? So how do you know if you're working too much? Well, are you more excited about going to work than spending time with your family? Do you take work home with you? Do you work on weekends. . . and even on vacation? Does your work preoccupy your thoughts?...
Jan 01, 1970 / Career & Finances

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