Jan 302015
 
Dealing With Trust Issues in Relationships

These five ways to deal with your trust issues in relationships are inspired by The Parable of the Climb. Many relationship problems are related to issues with trust, according to psychotherapist David Richo. In Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy, Richo describes how we learn early in life to trust others (or not to trust them), why we develop trust issues in relationships, why we fear

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Jan 262015
 
How to Support Yourself Financially After a Breakup

One of the biggest obstacles to leaving a bad relationship is not knowing how to support yourself financially after the breakup, separation, or divorce. These tips are in response to a reader who needs money to leave her partner – and they’re also inspired by a parable called “This, Too, Shall Pass.” In Divorce – The Ultimate Divorce Handbook to Getting Past Your Breakup Financially and Emotionally, Valerie Jeana Cummins

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Jan 232015
 
5 Ways to Get Revenge on Your Ex - Without Losing Your Soul

These tips for getting revenge on your ex are inspired by the parable of a princess warrior who got even with those who hurt her, but she paid a great price. Here’s how to get revenge on your ex without destroying yourself – or your soul – in the process. Have you read Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss? It’s one of my favorite books because it focuses on

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Jan 202015
 
Accepting a Breakup - 5 Tips From Pandora's Box

These tips for accepting a breakup are inspired by the parable of Pandora’s Box, and will help you heal after breaking up with someone you care about. Complete acceptance after breaking up may not be achievable, but you will eventually move forward into a happier, healthier stage of your life. How to Let Go of Someone You Love is an ebook I wrote after experiencing one of the most painful breakups

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Jan 162015
 
End of Life Care for Your Husband - Home or Hospice?

A palliative care nurse shares her opinion about providing end of life care for your husband at home versus in hospice. She describes end of life care issues, problems, and blessings. When you said “til death do us part”, you probably weren’t thinking about providing end of life care at home for your husband. I can’t tell you everything you need or want to know about giving end of life care

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Jan 132015
 
How to Start the Separation Process

These five tips on starting the process of separating from your husband or common-law partner are based on the Parable of the Pony, and inspired by a reader’s question on my article about the warning signs of a bad relationship. In Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-Mouthing and Brainwashing, Dr. Richard A. Warshak offers practical advice on separating and divorcing your partner. We had a divorce in

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Jan 052015
 
How to Catch a Liar

These six ways to catch a lie are inspired by Shiva and Shakti’s parable about a bag of gold, and based on psychology research about catching liars. You don’t need a lie detector test to know if your boyfriend or husband is lying to you. If you want to become adept at knowing when someone is telling you lies, read Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to

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Dec 302014
 
How to Tell Your Ex You’re Getting Married

Whether you broke up six months or six years ago, telling your ex you’re getting married again can be uncomfortable at best – and scary at worst! These thoughts on how to tell your ex about your remarriage are inspired by a reader’s comment and a parable about a waterfall. To learn how to slowly blend your family for long-term success, read The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family.

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Dec 282014
 
5 Tips for a Healthy Relationship With Your In-Laws

Believe it or not, stressful family visits can be a thing of the past! These tips for a healthy relationship with your in-laws are inspired by a reader who is dealing with a difficult mother-in-law during an Easter family visit. If you are serious about building a healthy relationship with your in-laws, read A Wife’s Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband’s Loyalty Without Killing His Parents by Jenna D.

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Dec 182014
 
How to Set Boundaries in Marriage

These 9 tips for setting boundaries in marriage will help you and your partner improve your relationship. Based on Henry Cloud and John Townsend’s book about relationship boundaries, these are the most important things to know about how to set boundaries in your marriage. “The most powerful obstacle to setting boundaries in marriage is envy,” write Cloud and Townsend in Boundaries in Marriage. “The Law of Envy states that we

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