Use the Restaurant to Your Advantage

by: Tasher

I may not be a man, but I will be the first to tell you that both men and women risk their safety when they go on a first date with a stranger. I would even go as far as to say that men are even slightly more at risk than women.

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More Than Just Mars Versus Venus

by: Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC

I am a 30 something woman who has been married for 3 years. My spouse and I have always seemed like the perfect match and our relationship grew quickly, was free of drama and seemed to be “made in heaven.” There was one potential issue that we both believed was a non-issue- we come from different religious backgrounds.

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Stay Connected!

by: Tammy Greene

Let’s face it, life is crazy. Trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives is overwhelming. Work, family commitments, school, soccer, dance classes, friends, health, birthday parties, holidays, babies, and so on. Sometimes we look back on the week and wonder where it went.

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Part 2: It's OK to Ask Your Spouse to Change! Part 2

by: Gary Stokes

What Couples Talk About in the Emergent Marriage: Summary of Part One: Married men and women who rate their marriages as “above average” or “way above average,” spend a lot of time talking to each other about their favorite topics—family, work, plans for the future, their relationship, and other personal interests.

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21 Hot Dating Tips to Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right

by: Joanie Winberg

1) Before dating again- take the time to rediscover who you really are.

2) Be yourself. Be the person you are trying to attract.

3) Date with the intention of having fun and letting go of any expectations.

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Promises, Promises

by: Gary Stokes

This is a letter to my granddaughter as she planned her marriage at 19: Dear Madie, As you know, I’ve been through the marriage ceremony several times.

My wives and I made quite a few promises that we were unable to keep.

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Improving Your Listening Skills

by: Allison Lloyd, MS, LMFT

Many of my clients explain that they often find themselves having a hard time effectively listening to their partners or to other important loved ones.

As human beings it can be easy to block your partner out (I like to call this “spacing out”), to rehearse your response instead of listening to what is being said, to pass judgment, to filter what you are hearing, etc.

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Dating After Divorce: Choosing Qualities of Fulfillment Part 4

by: Dr. Felicia Clark

This is part 4 of a 5-part series that teaches women how to have the relationship of their dreams instead of reacting to their divorce.
Part 1 is about activating your feminine energy so that you trigger a man’s provider/protector instinct instead of only stimulating his desire for sex.

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Finding Some Alone Time

by: Tammy Greene

If you are married and have a blended family, there is no doubt that life can feel very overwhelming. Suddenly your world has become a whole lot bigger and your responsibilities have doubled. The balancing act this can bring may leave you neglecting important areas of your life, you marriage being one of them.

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Creating a Strong Relationship With Your Partner

by: Sharon Rivkin, MS, MFT

The healthiest and longest lasting relationships don’t just happen because a couple fell in love. The majority of strong and healthy relationships are created by using a formula composed of six vital elements. Good/open/honest communication and a willingness to change. This happens with practice.

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A Happy Divorce?

by: Sharon O'Neill, Ed.S, LMFT

A happy divorce? That truly sounds like an oxymoron and it certainly is for many a divorced couple and family. But then, when have you heard a couple’s goal to be a happy divorce? You may think it absurd! To move toward a happy divorce may feel like you are acquiescing and no longer fighting for what is right.

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