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Picking a Fight with Your Spouse

Maybe you've had a bad day at the office, or you're stressed about the bills. You're grouchy, you're ready to unload, and you let the words fly. You take out your frustration on your mate hoping they'll take the bait. Well, there's a better way to express frustration. When you see your spouse, just say, "I'm cranky." They'll ask why, and that's when you get to let it all out—but more like a report instead of an...
Oct 13, 2011 / Communication

A Turtle or a Skunk?

Conflict brings out our natural defense mechanisms.If you tend to avoid or hide from it, then you’re probably like a turtle…the ever fearful animal tucks his head into the safety of his shell at the first sign of trouble.At the other extreme is the skunk…that nasty creature whose response is to spew out a horrendous odor that lets everyone around him know how he’s feeling.It’s better to be like the wise owl, whose...
Oct 06, 2011 / Communication

How to Communicate With Your Spouse

Many of us expect our spouse to "just know" what we're thinking or feeling. After years with each other, we begin to expect our spouse to know we've had a bad day, that we're tired, or that we want affection. They "should just know," right? Well, that's not realistic! Years of experience make it easier to predict your spouse's response, but it's no substitute for communication. If you want your spouse to know what...
Sep 23, 2011 / Communication

Business Trip Re-entry

Just like the space shuttle, if you re-enter the atmosphere of your home at the wrong angle, youcould be in trouble. Realize that you and your spouse have different expectations. You're looking for relaxation…your spouse is looking for reinforcements. You can have both if you give the reinforcement first. When you walk in, ignore the mail and phone messages. Talk to your spouse first, and offer to lighten the load...
Sep 13, 2011 / Communication

9 Steps to Prevent Child Abduction

Child abduction is a parent's worst nightmare. To help prevent this tragedy, teach your children safety skills and be sure to keep communication open between you and your children. The following 9 tips will help get you started: When discussing abduction prevention with your children speak calmly and don't try to instill fear. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), "Children...
Oct 04, 2007 / Communication

10 Things Wives Want to Hear from Husbands

Yesterday we talked about what a husband wants to hear from his wife. Today we'll talk about the 10 things wives want to hear from their husbands. So men, here's what you can say. Number one… "Thanks for all you do for our family." Number two… "You are a great mom and wife." Three… "Let me do that for you." Four… "I love you so much." Here are the rest of the 10 Things Wives Want to Hear from Their Husbands.
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

What’s Your Secret?

Most of us have one or two things we'd rather not share with the outside world, but some people are slaves to their secrets. Extramarital affairs; drug, alcohol and pornography addictions; spouse or child abuse – all are secrets that can consume and destroy lives, marriages, families and jobs. If you live in that bondage, or you're hiding something from your spouse, children or friends, it's time to come clean....
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication



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