Archive for the ‘Advice & Tips’ Category

  You expect your best friend to finish your sentences, right? So shouldn’t your wife know that “Ohio State plays on Saturday,” means “Cancel plans with the babysitter, we’re going to watch the game”? Shouldn’t your husband know that “What do you want for supper?,” means “Isn’t it your turn to cook?” Direct communication is more »

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PsychCentral just ran a great article – Seven Reasons to Seek Marriage Counseling. You can find much more detailed content on their website, but here’s a high level summary of their reasons: 1. Communication has become negative.  2. When one or both partners consider having an affair, or one partner has had an affair.  3. more »

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Harvard Business Review recently posted an article titled Two Lists You Should Look At Every Morning. The author shares a story from a CEO who vowed, in an important meeting with other highly regarded CEOs, to pay attention to the meeting and ignore his smartphone. He was the only one with his head up in more »

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Last week had a bit of unscheduled adventure. Our five year old son may or may not have had the chicken pox. Sam has been immunized, but apparently the vaccine is only 80-90% effective (so there’s something to look forward to, folks). His doctor recommended we isolate Sam (and Maggie) for two days, just to see more »

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— This is part 2 of a 2 part post featuring the books, Mindset, by Carol Dweck, and The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Click here to read part 1. —         I really thought I’d get in. I told all my closest friends I was applying. I’d worked hard to more »

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A few months ago a friend recommended Rants from Mommyland, a blog that pretty much does just what it promises in its title. The moms over there have a way with words that leaves me laughing and blushing, and feeling justified in reaching for a drink as soon as the second hand hits 5 p.m. more »

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When Amber and I were dating, we occasionally spent evenings flipping through The Book of Questions. You’ve probably seen the very same book on someone’s bookshelf (or toilet) at some point: a cute little book published in the late 1980s, authored by a Ph.D. and filled with random questions to ask your loved ones. Some more »

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Cliff’s been out of town this week. And like all weeks where I’m on my own as a parent for several days in a row, by the end of it I have to work especially hard to hold my parental, err, stuff, together. Thankfully I’ve got a bag of parenting tricks that I often remember more »

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Our Date Night kit: cocoa with a generous smidge of Bailey’s (or the generic equivalent). It’s time you ditch date night. “Have a weekly date night” is a standard bit of marriage mantra you probably had drilled into you by friends and family from the first time you hinted you might take a long walk more »

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Yep. This doesn’t look good. (Borrowed photo from here.) Last weekend Cliff and I were at our church’s annual retreat, which is (frankly) usually most memorable for the apple orchard trip on Saturday afternoon, and the “after party” on Saturday night. But this year I walked away with a little gem of wisdom that I’ve more »

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