Category Archives: Realistic Expectations

Stop, Look and Listen: How to React to Conflict without Blowing Up by Laura Knizley

Everybody has conflict.  Period.  Avoiding conflict will only create more feelings of resentment and bitterness towards the other person.  So, is it a lose-lose situation?  Do we either get our feelings hurt in a major blow out or sweep it … Continue reading

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For Better, For Worse, and For All the Rest

“Doing or saying small things frequently to make your partner feel special, cared for and loved … is very predictive of staying together, being happy and [preventing] divorce.”  -Terri Orbuch, PhD. , University of Michigan My ten year anniversary is … Continue reading

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Finding My Silver Lining

Parenting is difficult, no question. But stepparenting…sometimes seems impossible! Recently, on a particularly frustrating day with my eight-year old stepson, I had an insight into my own little world of stepparenting. A song lyric by Jewel came to mind: “do … Continue reading

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“A New Year, a New Me!”

Oh, how I used to love that saying! In celebrating every New Year’s Eve, I was one of those who always made New Year resolutions. They didn’t seem grandiose or extraordinary to my friends, but to me they were HUGE! … Continue reading

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The Final Rose – Dating & the Media

Trista and Ryan. Jake and Vienna. Ali and Roberto. Emily and … If these names make sense to you, then you are probably a fan of the wildly popular, reality show The Bachelor/The Bachelorette (depending on the season). This is … Continue reading

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