Category: Relationships

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The Impact of Social Media on Relationships

The Impact of Social Media on Relationships

Social Media and Relationships Social media has undoubtedly blown up the world of beginning, maintaining, and ending relationships. While I’ve aged out of the dating pool, I remember the discovery of instant messenger (IM) and chat rooms when I was in junior high–my girlfriends and I immediately recognized this technological advance for the miracle it...

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Texting and Dating Etiquette: The Psychology Behind Texting Back

Texting and Dating Etiquette: The Psychology Behind Texting Back

The Psychology Behind Texting Back Recommended listening: Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) – Backstreet Boys “Don’t leave me hangin’ here forever” The three dots and screenshots. Navigating the rules of texting and dating is one of the less fun aspects of dating in the 21st century. I can remember the anticipation I felt waiting...

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Hacking Your Relationship with Validation

Hacking Your Relationship with Validation

Understanding Validation When I am working with families or individuals who are experiencing relationship struggles, there is one essential skill that I try to get them to master as soon as possible: validation. Get this one thing right, and your relationships will grow stronger. In a study which has become a classic, validation was a...

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Normal Behavior… or a Sexual Addiction?

Normal Behavior… or a Sexual Addiction?

Sexual Content is Everywhere… With easy access to MA (mature) material on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, I have begun noticing myself not so easily phased by sexually explicit material that once elicited a cringe or embarrassment. After shows like House of Cards, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Veep, my sexual-content-threshold has risen. We become desensitized...

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Good Boundaries: When to Hold Your Tongue or Time

Good Boundaries: When to Hold Your Tongue or Time

It can often be really hard to say “no” to someone in your life, and it can be even more difficult to know when you should or shouldn’t get involved with someone else’s struggle. When it comes to making decisions about whether to get involved or not, it can be important to weigh a couple...

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Date Nights Are Essential to Your Marriage and Mental Well-Being

Date Nights Are Essential to Your Marriage and Mental Well-Being

Date nights are essential to your marriage and mental well-being. With the day-to-day responsibilities of adulting, it is easy to neglect both marriage and spouse. Break From Parenting As a parenting coach, I should be the last person telling you that you need a break from parenting, but you do! To be positive and continue...

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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart

Check out the first part of this series: Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner Some couples are destined for failure in the bedroom… No, not THAT kind of failure, but failure to sleep well in a common space. There are gender differences in sleep need (women typically need slightly more...

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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Check out the second part of this series: Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart People who struggle with insomnia face many challenges, and one of the biggest can be adapting their sleep issues when they sleep with a bed partner. A 2017 German study evaluated whether or not sleeping location affected sleep...

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The Risks of Boundaries

The Risks of Boundaries

“Boundaries” is a bit of a buzzword these days… People like to throw this idea around a lot: when talking about personal space (literal and figurative), when retelling a story of an acquaintance who texts 10 times a day, or when a stranger offers personal and unsolicited advice. You may hear a friend say, “This...