4 Surprising Ways to Stop Having the Same Argument with Your Spouse

What is that one argument you and your partner have again and again? Is it about money? The best way to parent? How often to have sex? Many couples have (at least) one sticky issue that causes tension and turmoil for them. As much as they try to avoid it or settle it, they can’t. […]

Break Free from Relationship Problems

Kim feels trapped. She and her long-time boyfriend Jared have been having the same miserable argument over and over again. They can’t seem to find a solution and things are only getting worse. He insists his friendship with his ex is only that– a friendship– but Kim believes that Jared’s ex is manipulating him and using […]

Go from Conflict to Cooperation in 5 Easy Steps

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

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 […]

No Intimacy? Your Communication Style May Be to Blame

Are you a…  nag  complainer  criticizer  apologizer  hedger? Nobody likes to admit it, but every single one of us has a few habits that aren’t beneficial. These are the things we regularly say and do that prevent us from creating the kind of relationship and life we really want. Because communication is so central to […]

A Way Out of Your Biggest Jealousy Argument

Jeremy doesn’t see why his girlfriend Karen still keeps in close contact with her ex. Karen and her ex don’t have kids together and there is no good reason that Jeremy can see for them to text and call one another on a regular basis. Karen disagrees. When she and her ex broke up, their […]

Getting Closer in Your Relationship Starts with You

Distance is deadly to a relationship. We’re not necessarily talking about physical distance when you and your partner live in different parts of the country or even world. We’re talking about EMOTIONAL distance. When emotional distance forms and gets bigger, it blocks intimacy and passion. It turns even minor disagreements into a really big deal. It puts […]

3 Ways to Respond to Your Partner’s Jealous Meltdown

Jenny can’t stand it when her boyfriend Chris gets jealous. He is a very intense guy which is great when he’s happy. He can be the life of the party and so much fun to be around. But, when he gets jealous, Chris explodes. She wants to literally run and hide even though Chris has […]

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

“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 […]

5 Communication Gifts for a Joyful Holiday

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

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 […]

Don’t Let the Big “R” Ruin Your Relationship

If you want to keep your love relationship or marriage healthy and close, here’s something to watch out for because it can cause disconnection and even lead to breakups or divorce… The Big “R.” Is it…. Religion? Rest? Rain? Raccoons? No, it’s none of these. The Big “R” we’re talking about is something that can […]

Help When You’re Jealous of Your Partner’s Ex

 Liz is outraged!   Her husband’s ex has been causing trouble– again– in her marriage.  Liz’s husband, Andy, tries to ignore the daily text messages, phone calls and emailed photos he gets from his ex-wife.   Andy’s strategy is to not stir up any trouble and only deal with his ex when there is an issue […]

6 Signs that Your Partner Could Be Having an Online Affair

Cybercheating IS real! In this digital age, it’s super fast and super easy to communicate and connect with people who live on the other side of the world. It’s also, unfortunately, super easy to have an online affair. Especially with the ever-growing use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, socializing with others has […]

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

“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 […]