Go from Conflict to Cooperation in 5 Easy Steps

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Julie is sick and tired of everything being a struggle in her marriage. She and her husband Chris are both opinionated. Julie appreciated this when they first got together; debating with him brought passion to their relationship. When they settled down and got married, what used to add spark turned into a big hassle. Everything […]

You Did What?! How to Apologize and Repair Your Relationship After Lying

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Jeanne told her husband Paul a huge, gigantic lie. She didn’t intend to, but she did. Things have been tense in their marriage since Paul was laid off from his job 6 months ago. Well, things were already tense between the two of them and this added stress didn’t help. While backing out of their […]

Don’ts and Do’s for Communicating About Differences in Your Relationship

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“Would you rather be right or happy?” These is a useful question for anyone who struggles with relationship differences…which would include anyone in a love relationship, marriage or relationship of any kind. We each have a unique perspective of the world in which we live. We see things a certain way and we have our own […]

Is it a Yes or a No?

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Recently, we attended an internet marketing seminar and one of the most powerful things that we heard can be just as easily applied to your relationships! The powerful question that was asked was… “Is it a Yes or is it a No?” What does this question mean in regard to your relationships and your life? To […]

5 Communication Gifts for a Joyful Holiday

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Wracking your brain trying to figure out what to buy for your partner or spouse for the holidays? Maybe you’re hoping that if you can find just the right magical or romantic present, things will smooth over in your relationship. Maybe it’s been pretty tense and contentious lately and you’re feeling distance between the two […]

Communication Tips to Stop a Stalemate

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Steve and Angie haven’t spoken more than a few words to one another for the past two days. This isn’t like either of them! They are both usually talkative and easy going and, when a disagreement arises, they are able to work through it quickly. But not this time! Angie was offered a promotion at […]

4 Ways to Get Your Man to Open Up and Tell You How He Feels

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“It’s like living with a rock!” This is how Angela describes her fiancé, Jeff. She doesn’t intend to be mean, but it’s how he seems to her a lot of the time. While she appreciates how even-keeled and dependable Jeff is, she wishes that he’d let her in once in awhile. Angela often asks Jeff […]

4 Phrases to Help You Communicate AND Connect

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Why does communicating with your partner sometimes seem SO DIFFICULT? We’ve all been there. You’ve got something to say about a troubling situation and you just can’t seem to say it in a way that will really be heard. In the past, an argument and defensiveness occurred when you spoke up. Because of this, you […]

9 Nag-Free Ways to Get More Follow Through in Your Relationship

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The last thing Kristen wanted was to be that stereotypical wife who pesters her husband again and again and again. But, unfortunately, that’s what she feels like. Kristen’s husband, Pete, is a fun and loving guy. When he’s not at work, he fills his time with golf, running, paint ball, cycling and more. This active […]

Never Compromise: 3 Steps to Synergy in Your Relationship

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Jennifer and Chris are both opinionated and strong-willed people. This is partly what drew them together in the first place. They’d debate for hours about politics, religion and anything else they could think up. Their passion was sparked by this intellectual sparring. Unfortunately, this source of passion does not translate well when Jennifer and Chris […]

The Top 10 Ways to De-fuse an Argument

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Even in the happiest, most harmonious relationships, there are bound to be disagreements from time to time. When you and your partner are also stressed out, tense, tired, strained or otherwise not at your peak, a small disagreement can turn into an argument. What can be deadly for a love relationship or marriage is not […]

Remove the Landmines from Difficult Conversations with Your Spouse

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Have you ever been all stirred up, anxious or irritated about something involving your partner and you could hardly contain yourself? As much as you want to hash this out with your spouse, this seems like it’s a disaster waiting to happen. In the past, it may have seemed like there were “landmines”– surprising explosions […]

Relationship Communication Advice to Guide You and Your Partner Beyond Blame

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When you feel angry, resentful or hurt and you want to talk with your partner, being understood and listened to is probably important to you. If the situation directly involves your mate, you most certainly want to feel like your words are being heard and listened to with respect. You probably want to move closer […]

Relationship Advice When Things Get Tense…

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One of the biggest relationship questions is how to feel and express yourself when you get triggered–so that a partner can hear and not shut down to you or get into a big fight. When you and your partner are feeling resistant and “hard” toward each other, it doesn’t lead to more intimacy and the […]

A Secret Trap That May Kill Your Relationship…

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A common relationship trap that you may have fallen into (along with everyone else who’s ever been in a relationship) is “I’m RIGHT–You’re WRONG.” We are amazed at how easy it is to fall into the “I’m Right–You’re Wrong” trap–and how destructive it is to your relationship when you do! Recently, one of our coaching […]