Negativity. The challenge in all relationships.
It's so easy to get caught up in the cycle of seeing only what our partner does wrong. While it may feel good at the moment, it does nothing to resolve any of the conflicts we may be experiencing. While working with a couple who is in the middle of a divorce, I noticed most of their focus was on what is wrong with the other person. "Dean never does ...", "Sarah can't do..." On and on it went.
They said they wanted to co-paren
This is it, the time of year when the shift from school schedules to summer fun begins! While the first weeks of summer break are fun, we know this “honeymoon phase” won’t last. Soon enough cries of, ‘I’m bored” will be ringing in your ears.
“How do we make it through the summer without losing my sanity?”
Well, while I can’t exactly help with all of the issues in this one blog, I will give you a few tips to get your summer started smoothly.
Hopefully by setting the found
"My stepkids come into our bedroom all the time, even when I need some quiet time to work on my college classwork. How can I change things?"
This question was recently posed by a stepmom who adores her stepchildren but needs her bedroom to be a quiet spot for uninterrupted studying. I love that she wants to find a way to study while not making the kids feel shut out completely. My response is filled with strategies to help her find a balance between her little one wanting h
"My fiance doesn't love my child like he loves his own children. How can I fix this?" -- Stephanie M. This is a typical issue for soon-to-be blended families. It is also a common theme within already blended families who just can't get over the parent/child/stepparent relationship differences.
I love that Stephanie wants to be proactive in building her stepfamily, that's what makes a family successful.
I did have to remind her that this isn't something that can really be