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Coping with Stress and Crisis in the Family

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

A crisis is a time of decision, the outcome of which may be positive or negative. Some families fall apart when faced with a crisis like illness, death, or financial setbacks. All families experience the challenge of a crisis at certain times. Strong families, however, have the ability to pull together and draw on each other’s strengths when they are …

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Creating a Sense of Belonging in the Home

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

One key to an emotionally healthy life is having the backing of a strong, supportive family. A strong family may be as small as two people or as large as a kinship network of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The size of the family, indeed the composition of the family, does not matter as much as the feeling of belonging …

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Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries in Relationships – Some Examples

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

      Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. When two people with healthy boundaries enter into a relationship, they can find true intimacy as whole, complete and equal people. Here are some examples of healthy and unhealthy relationship boundaries                    Healthy boundaries in relationships Unhealthy boundaries in relationships Feeling like your …

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Successful Relationships: Develop Healthy Boundaries

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Good fences make good neighbors – Robert Frost Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. It means coming to know ourselves and increasing our awareness of what we stand for. It also means self-acceptance and knowing that we are OK as we are and worthy of the good things in life. When two …

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Successful Relationships: Remedies to Unhealthy Boundaries

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Here are some ways in which unhealthy boundaries may show themselves in our relationships, along with some remedies –   Lack of a Sense of Identity   When we lack a sense of our own identity and the boundaries that protect us, we tend to draw our identities from our partner. We can’t imagine who we would be without our relationship. We …

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Sucessful Relationships: Boundaries & Family Background

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Unhealthy boundaries often emerge from dysfunctional family backgrounds. The needs of parents or other adults in a family are sometimes so overwhelming that the task of raising children is demoted to a secondary role, and dysfunction is the likely result. Consider the role of the father who screams at his children or becomes physically abusive with them as a way …

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Successful Relationships: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

A successful relationship is composed of two individuals – each with a clearly defined sense of her or his own identity. Without our own understanding of self, of who we are, and what makes us unique, it is difficult to engage in the process of an ongoing relationship in a way that functions smoothly and enhances each of the partners. …

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Working to Improve Your Relationship – Ask Your Partner to Help You Solve Your Problem

This is the the sixth post in our series “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” In this part of the series we will be looking at so practical ways that you, working alone, can improve a relationship Ask Your Partner to Help You Solve Your Problem Rather than blaming your partner and creating an air of defensiveness, try reframing the …

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Couples & Conflict Resolution – Relax Your Definitions of the Power Struggle

This is the the fifth post in our series “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” In this part of the series we will be looking at so practical ways that you, working alone, can improve a relationship Relax Your Definitions of the Power Struggle When we are involved in a relationship conflict we often resort to all-or-nothing thinking, and it …

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Improve Your Relationship – Do Something Different

This is the the fourth post in our series “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” In this part of the series we will be looking at practical ways that you, working alone, can improve a relationship Do the Exact Opposite of What You Have Been Doing Each partner in a relationship plays a role. It is important to identify the …

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