Why Valentine’s Day Can Suck, Even If You’re “Happy”

Valentine’s Day is a magical day – that is, if you’re six years old and also believe in fairies and wizards. For adults, the day can be a bit more complicated. Sure, some still get excited about it. But for many of us, it’s just another day on the calendar. And for others, it can […]

How To Advocate For Your School-Age Child Without Alienating the Teacher

  Have you ever been upset with your child’s teacher, or with your child’s school? Perhaps you’ve disagreed with how educators handled a specific problem involving your child,  or maybe you’ve felt frustrated because you couldn’t get the teacher to see your point of view.  If so, you know how stressful it is when your child’s needs just aren’t […]

When is the “right time” to separate?

Maybe you know you need to end your marriage, but you can’t quite figure out the “right time” to do it. If so, you’re far from alone.  It’s important to realize that the “right” timing depends so much on your individual circumstances, and that it’s not always practical, or even possible, to end it when […]

How to Negotiate Your Way To A Better Relationship With Just About Anyone

    To have a successful relationship of any kind – whether it’s with a romantic partner, a friend, a colleague, or anyone else, good negotiation skills are an absolute must. No matter how much you love, like, or respect someone, weak negotiation skills will eventually erode any relationship and threaten the positive foundation on which […]

Can Your Marriage Be Fixed, or Should You End It?

Just as gym memberships spike each January, so do calls to divorce lawyers. It’s prime resolution time right now; whether the goal is shedding extra pounds or casting off the dead weight of a bad relationship, there’s no time like the New Year to make much-needed changes in your life. But there’s obviously one big, […]

Is Your Conflict Avoidance Causing Big Problems in Your Life?

Are you a conflict avoider? Conflict is a normal, unavoidable part of life. But for many people, engaging effectively with conflict is a huge challenge. Each and every day, every single one of us deals with conflict, both internally and in our relationships with others. Internal conflict is something a lot of us brush aside […]

Why Do Men End Marriages?

Over the years, I’ve had hundreds of men unburden themselves to me as we go about the painful task of resolving their divorce issues. Often, it seems, their wives have been too wrapped up in their own marital grievances to stop, take a minute, and consider these grievances from their husbands’ point of view (and, […]