Family/Relationships

Five Commitments To Yourself If You Love (Or Have Loved) A Narcissist

Narcissism. That word gets thrown around a good deal these days to describe someone who’s self-absorbed, highly confident, or abrasive. But what is a true narcissist? And what are the troublesome dynamics if you love a narcissist? (The pronoun “he” is used due to the fact that the...

When Your Marriage Has Turned Into A Business: Seven Healing Ideas

There are thousands of couples whose marriage has turned into a business. Don’t get me wrong; all couples are running a business. There’s the business of household chores, of coordinating kids’ schedules or work trips out of town, of paying bills, or of taking care of aging...

The Boundary-less Couple: Victims and Savers

Boundaries. What in the world does that word really mean when it comes to relationships? A boundary is a limit, an edge, where one thing stops and another begins. When someone says, “I don’t have good boundaries,” what do they mean? Generally, they allow other people to...

Three Steps in Learning to Respond – Not React

As the pandemic continues, perhaps you’re sheltering in place with family and finding that communications with others are breaking down more easily. Or perhaps you’re feeling that your emotions are a bit more difficult to contain. If so, this post is for you.   There’s a...

Seven Ways To Get Back To Being “In Love”

Many of us are spending more time than ever with our partners. So we’ve updated this post from two years ago to help any of you who are struggling with your feelings toward someone with whom you were once far more in love. Falling in love can turn your world upside down. You feel as if each...

When Are You Old? 24 Surprising Answers to That Question

I remember being chastised by my parents to “act my age.” I was all of seven so I’m not sure what that was supposed to mean. Not act like a six year old I guess. Probably what it meant was to stop talking, which I did a lot. But when are you old? When does the shift occur where...

When A Parent’s Unconditional Love Is Worn Away

  Whenever I hear the term “unconditional love,” I think of the first moment I saw my infant child. That’s probably the purest love I’ve ever felt, or ever will feel. All he’d done so far was breathe and cry, and I loved him. Yet unconditional parental love can...

What I Want This Mother’s Day I Need to Give To Myself

This Mother’s Day won’t be like any other Mother’s Day. For this is the Mother’s Day of Covid19. My mind isn’t too much on gifts. But I wondered what I might want, if I got that opportunity. The first gift I might wish for is far too dangerous, for it has to do with...

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