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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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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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Arguing Constructively: Dirty Fighting

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When you use dirty fighting techniques to win an argument, both you and your partner ultimately lose! Communication Patterns You Should Avoid   Escalating Here you quickly move from the main issue of the argument to questioning your partner’s basic personality, and then move on to wondering whether the relationship is even worth it. Timing This involves catching your partner …

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Arguing Constructively: Constructive Relationship Guidelines

Constructive Relationship Guidelines In addition to reaching a good understanding of the nature of the commitment, there are several other guidelines that can be explored when a couple decides to bring their arguments to a more constructive level. It is better to be close and happy than to be right. Blaming each other and trying to change the other person’s …

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Arguing Constructively: Clarify Your Level of Commitment to the Relationship

Constructive Relationship Guidelines If arguments begin to have a deteriorating effect on a relationship and no resolution appears in sight, it is time to examine the level of commitment each of the partners has to the relationship. This is sometimes a basic issue that remains unresolved by two partners. People avoid this topic out of fear that their partner may …

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Couples Arguing Constructively

A Good Argument Has Its Up Side – But Only If We Fight Fairly All couples argue. This is a normal and expected part of any relationship. Of course, some relationship experts say that arguing is healthy, while others say beware. While an occasional argument might be unavoidable and can even ultimately clarify boundaries within the relationship, a pattern of …

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Building Intimacy in a relationship

Many people search for that special intimacy in their relationship. Some of us search our entire lives for a feeling of oneness with another person. It’s hard to describe, really, what we search for, but we know it when we finally achieve it. Maybe we tire of that dark feeling of being ultimately alone as we struggle through life. If …

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Handling Stress, Dealing with Anxiety

    Everyday life stress & Anxiety disorders. Stress happens when we perceive an event as disturbing or threatening. Our primitive ancestors experienced stress when they had to fight off wild animals, invaders, adverse natural events, and other threats to their survival. These days we are more likely to feel the anxiety that emerges from stress when we face overwhelming …

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Everyday parenting struggles

Does your child throw a tantrum in the middle of a store? Does your preschooler refuse to get dressed in the morning? Does your 10 or 11 year-old sulk on the bench instead of playing on the field?  As parents you know your children’s bodies. You know what temperature is considered a fever, what medication and which dosage to give …

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Depression & Ruminative Thoughts

Often depressed teenagers and/or adults spend hours dwelling and ruminating on the negative and fearful thoughts. Instead, your focus and attention needs to be on the positive, the good, and on thoughts that will move you in the right direction. The reality is that you amplify what you focus on. You can choose to pay attention to the positive. If …

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