Family Gift Giving for the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many people. Often, you are juggling shopping, traveling, visiting and entertaining. For many of you, the most stressful part of the holidays is family gift giving. Here are some suggestions to ease your stress: 3 Key...

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What Do You Mean You Need Space?

Has your partner ever told you that he or she needs “some space”? All too often men and women are threatened by their partners needing or wanting “space”—an opportunity to enjoy solitude. They somehow feel that if their partners really loved them they wouldn’t want to...

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How to Receive an Apology

For most of us, it is equally difficult and uncomfortable to receive an apology as to offer an apology! Offering and receiving apologies is an art and requires learning a few simple skills and practicing those skills often. Now, take another deep breath and sit...

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How to Offer an Apology

For most of us, offering an apology feels awkward or uncomfortable. For one thing, we don’t have a lot of practice. For another thing, the concept of apologizing is often associated with being "bad" or "wrong." Consider thinking about an apology as a behavior that...

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When to Apologize

If your partner is hurt or offended by something you said or didn’t say, or did or didn’t do, his or her upset is not an indictment of you. It doesn’t mean you are a bad person. It doesn’t even mean you did something bad or wrong. In fact, it may not mean anything at...

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What is an Apology?

Have you ever hurt your partner’s feelings? Or had your feelings hurt?  Of course you have. Because, when we are involved and invested in someone’s present and future, hurting someone’s feelings or getting our feelings hurt is inevitable. When we are hurt we react to...

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