The Question at the Heart of Every Parent-Teen Relationship

THE QUESTION AT THE HEART OF EVERY PARENT-TEEN RELATIONSHIP

Kelly Flanagan

His silence is driving me crazy.

For two months, we’ve been dropping him off at the local community theater for rehearsals. He has performed in the theater before, and always the routine is the same. For months, we wonder what sort of role he is playing, and for months, he refuses to even read lines with us. He won’t reveal the show as it is being formed, because he wants us to first experience it when it is finally performed. Maybe that’s a teen thing, but probably it’s just a human thing: at some level, we all wish we could present ourselves to the world finely polished and finally finished.

Now, it’s opening night. The spotlights are on. The seats are full. His mother and I sit in the front row, looking slightly upward at the stage. The waiting, for us, is over. I will finally hear my son speak. The play begins.

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In Love with Two People? – How to Make Up Your Mind

in love with two people

IN LOVE WITH TWO PEOPLE? – HOW TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND

Rachel Madison

Can you ever be in love with two people at the same time? Of course, you can. But can you carry it off without breaking hearts? Well, that’s tricky. 

Have you ever found yourself falling for someone when you’re already in a committed relationship?

Have you ever been in love with two people at the same time?

If you have, you aren’t alone.

While it may infuriate your partner or seem morally unethical, falling in love with two people is as simple as falling in love with one person.

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Two Words that Will Save Your Marriage

TWO WORDS THAT WILL SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE

Nurturing Marriage

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There are two little words that will save your marriage. You know what they are.

“I’m sorry.”

The phrase, “I’m sorry,” invites a healing balm between husband and wife. This balm, if applied often, will heal any wound, and bring spouses together in the heart-to-heart kind of love, and sharing, that marriage was meant to be.

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9 Things You Need to Know about Apologies in Marriage

9 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APOLOGIES IN MARRIAGE

Crystal Bradshaw

When you need to make an apology, there are several things to keep in mind.

According to clinical psychologist, Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., there are 9 essential ingredients to an apology.

1. A true apology doesn’t include the word “but.”  

When you say “I’m sorry,” and then follow your apology with the word “but,” anything that comes after is an excuse, justification, or a criticism of the hurt party. Even if what you have to say is true, your intention is to give an apology.

By using the word “but” you are giving a false apology. “But” nullifies your apology.

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Have You Apologized to Your Spouse Yet?

Do you ever feel like this?

Or like this?

It happens to the best of us.

In the world of happily-ever-after-and-yet-ever-so-married life, feelings get hurt.

Things get said.
Hard times come.
Tasks get forgotten.
Stress happens.
Promises get broken.

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3 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward Today

3 THINGS YOU MUST GIVE UP TO MOVE FORWARD TODAY

Angel Chernoff

Let me share a new 90-second story and some important life lessons with you…

Recently, Marc and I received a thank you email from a Think Better, Live Better 2018 attendee named Kevin (we’re writing about him today with his consent). He said our conference helped him and his wife Laura maintain a positive, intentional mindset as they struggled and grew through one of the most difficult periods of their lives. Certain sections of his email nearly moved me to tears:

“As I mentioned to you at this year’s Think Better, Live Better conference, after injuring my back, losing my job because of it, being evicted from our apartment, moving in with Laura’s parents, nursing my five-year-old through a nearly fatal bout of strep throat, I was stuck in a tragic mental and emotional rut for far too long. And I was sitting on the front porch feeling sorry for myself, yet again, when my old college buddy called me crying and said, ‘Mel-Mel-Mellisa, my baby girl, just died in a car wreck.’ And suddenly I felt like the lucky one.”

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The Power of Words Can Make or Break Your Relationship

power of words

THE POWER OF WORDS CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR RELATIONSHIP

Natalia Avdeeva

Relationships, as firm as they may seem, are fragile. Learn how the power of words you use can change the direction of your relationship in no time.

A relationship has many needs to be successful.

But, almost all these needs are subconscious.

In fact, you won’t even realize you’re catering to these needs of your own perfect relationship unless you’re starting to fall out of love and need to make an effort just to be nice to your lover.

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21 Big Signs of Emotional Abuse You May Be Overlooking

21 Big Signs Of Emotional Abuse You May Be Overlooking

21 BIG SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE YOU MAY BE OVERLOOKING

Natalia Avdeeva

Emotional abuse is extremely easy to overlook. Just take a look at these 21 signs of emotional abuse to see if you’re being abused instead of loved!

As humans, we’re not dumb. When someone opposes or oppresses us with emotional abuse, we’re always ready to strike back.

But what do you do when you’re manipulated just a little bit every day?

What do you do if you just don’t realize you’re being tricked and duped into abuse with sweet words of love?

What if your love for this person convinces you that you need to bend over backwards just to please them, even if that translates to emotional abuse?

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10 big problems in any relationship and how to fix them

problems in a relationship

10 BIG PROBLEMS IN A RELATIONSHIP AND HOW TO FIX THEM

Alison Ricard

Relationships can be perfect. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have its problems. Find out the big problems in a relationship and learn how to fix them.

Relationships are one of the first things that all of us take for granted.

We don’t want to take them for granted.

But yet, we forget how much something really matters to us when we don’t stand to lose it.

And it usually takes losing something to realize its importance and value.

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9 Relationship Stages That All Couples Go Through

9 Relationship Stages That All Couples Go Through

9 RELATIONSHIP STAGES THAT ALL COUPLES GO THROUGH

Elizabeth Arthur

Wondering what relationship stage you’re in right now? Here are the 9 relationship stages that all couples go through, no matter how the love starts.

Relationships are unique.

And one experience of love is never ever the same.

You may have been in several relationships in your life, and each of them may have been very different from the others.

But there are a few traits about every single relationship that bind all relationships along a similar path.

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