As parents, we spend a fair amount of time agonizing over our mistakes. Certainly, we would have done many things differently. If only we hadn’t been grown children ourselves when we made our relationship choices and eventually married. Most of us had no idea our marriages would end. If we had, we wouldn’t have walked…

Surprisingly, love itself is not a problem in many failing relationships. A lack of respect and good communication skills are to blame. Unfortunately, most of us come from families who suffered poor conversational dynamics. Thus, we never learned how to properly communicate. And that verbal correspondence follows us into our relationships outside of the home.…

There’s nothing better than the rush which accompanies a brand new love affair. Except perhaps the effortless contentment which follows. When we sink into a relaxing love. However, sometimes we allow our relationships to shift from relaxed to lazy. When we should remain conscious of each other. Love needs to be a priority. Just because…

We can’t let go of relationships for many reasons. These are people who once mattered to us. We want to believe we also mattered to them. Yet a breakup is proof at least one person cares less than the other. This is an excruciating reality and incredibly difficult to accept. There is nothing more painful…

Ineffective and poor communication can complicate even the greatest relationships. After the intoxicating infancy of love makes way for the mundane, connecting can be difficult. Our relationship choices stem from our past. We are initially drawn to individuals who are familiar to us in some manner. People who somehow resemble our family of origin. Hence,…

I sit on the bank of a river eagerly awaiting the arrival of my nephew’s beautiful bride. Somewhere over the Rainbow flows through the air as she makes her way down the grand staircase of her family home. It is a magical moment. One where love makes itself known. It is their very own beginning.…

I recently wrote a column called Why People Pleasers Aren’t Weak. That being said, trying to make everyone around us happy can become an emotional liability. Relationships are already enough work. We don’t need to be the only investor. Being a pleaser can put too much onus on one individual.  And here’s what I found…

A lot is written about narcissism. However, because this has become a trendy buzzword, not all information is accurate. The word narcissist is being confused with simply selfish or egocentric behavior. When in fact, it is a severe personality disorder that goes far beyond an individual having a few self-centric ways. The following piece written…

The answer to this question lies within just one individual…YOU. No one can make this decision for you. Though many will try. My closest family and friends urged me to leave for years. Of course, I knew they were right. I knew they were fighting for me. I knew they could see things objectively. I…

Matters of the heart are messy, right? It’s impossible to move on from most relationships, right? The answer to both of these questions would be yes. Yet, we are the ones who often get in our own way. We rationalize why we stay in unhealthy relationships.  And because of this fact, we remain in them…

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