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Episode 76 // How to stop being passive aggressive and start expressing yourself with healthy communication in your marriage and parenting

What are we talking about today? Communication can be hard work. But it’s the centerpiece of great family relationships! And if passive aggressive behavior is present in your relationship, you simply cannot build the intimacy and closeness that you really want.  When we struggle with mom anger, fear of conflict, or anxiety about our relationships, …

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Episode 71 // Want great relationships? These are the 3 keys to healthy communication in every interaction.

What are we talking about today? There is nothing more frustrating than talking to someone you love… and feeling like they just aren’t hearing you.  Communication is the key to a great relationship and a happy Christian family life. We simply cannot feel connected with our people if our communication is struggling. It might be …

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Episode 65 // To talk or not to talk? Four big reasons why couples struggle to communicate well… and what to do about it.

What are we talking about today? Ah, communication. Such a simple word for such a complicated part of life. At least, a potentially complicated part of life.  As a counselor, I spent a LOT of time helping couples strengthen or improve their communication patterns. There is a lot that could be said about communication in marriage! …

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Episode 54 // How to enjoy a family gathering without all the family drama, anger issues, and conflict.

What are we talking about today? There is something about the holidays that can bring up old baggage, hard emotions… all the family holiday drama.  As you approach the holidays, or any other big family gathering, are you starting to feel stressed or worried about what’s going to come out? As a family counselor, I …

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Episode 43 // Stop fighting! My 10-step checklist for conflict resolution in your marriage and beyond.

What are we talking about today? Do you enjoy conflict with your loved ones? Of course not! Conflict is no fun… but it is inevitable. And there are solutions.  As a therapist (not to mention a mom and a wife!) I am all too familiar with the pain of dealing with conflict. We all go …

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Episode 41 // Want to strengthen your marriage? Protect, grow, and help your marriage with this counseling activity I use as a marriage therapist.

What are we talking about today? Today we are strengthening our marriages, my friend. I’m sharing the details of a counseling intervention activity that I use frequently with couples – and it can help your marriage too, whether things are pretty good, really great, or quite a struggle.  I’ll spill the beans right now: all …

Episode 41 // Want to strengthen your marriage? Protect, grow, and help your marriage with this counseling activity I use as a marriage therapist. Read More »

Episode 40 // Your words are powerful. But are you using them to help or hurt your loved ones? In marriage, parenting, friendships… your words matter.

What are we talking about today? Our words are powerful. They can be used for good, bringing healing and encouragement into our family life. But we all know that insults, complaints, and gossip can slip off our tongue far too easily.  Today, we are looking at Ephesians 4 to explore how our words can HELP …

Episode 40 // Your words are powerful. But are you using them to help or hurt your loved ones? In marriage, parenting, friendships… your words matter. Read More »

Episode 35 // Do you want happy relationships? Let’s talk about the need for REALISTIC expectations of yourself and others.

What are we talking about today? Our expectations shape our experience of life. What do you expect from your husband? Your job? What about your expectations of yourself, or of God? Unmet expectations creates disappointment, discouragement, and distance in our relationships. And one of the biggest reasons that our expectations wind up going unmet is …

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Episode 25 // Improve your communication skills with these 5 helpful tips to become a great listener

Do you sometimes wish you could communicate more clearly with people? With your spouse, your kids, your friends, your co-workers? The best way to connect with people is to have great communication skills. The skills that make them feel heard, valued, understood, and loved.  One of those key communication skills is active listening. I teach …

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Episode 24 // Do you want to have a great relationship with your kids when they grow up? Then let’s look at how to be a purposeful parent TODAY.

Spoiler alert, mama… your kids are growing up. Have you thought about the relationship that you want to have with them when they’re older? Every mom wants to parent great kids, who turn into great adults, who call us regularly and want to spend the holidays with us. But are we intentionally parenting in a …

Episode 24 // Do you want to have a great relationship with your kids when they grow up? Then let’s look at how to be a purposeful parent TODAY. Read More »