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Change Yourself, Change Your Partner: Which One Works?
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Change Yourself, Change Your Partner: Which One Works?

What makes for a happy, fulfilled relationship? While this is a complex question that doesn’t lend itself to a quick answer, there are aspects of successful and lasting relationships that have been studied by experts and many approaches to pick from.  The good news is that if you are in a relatively happy relationship, there are some simple things you can do – positive behaviors – that can make your relationship better. 

'What did you do today?' and Other Conversation Killers
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'What did you do today?' and Other Conversation Killers

Does this sound familiar when your child comes home from school? How was your day? Fine. How was school? Good. How was the test? Okay. Anything else to tell me? Nope. Not much going on there! These are sure-fire conversation killers. And whatever question you do ask, don't ask it as soon you walk in the door. When asked about that, a group of middle school girls responded that after six or more hours in school, the last thing they want to talk about is what happened there. They need time to decompress, too.

Communicate With Your Words, Don't Expect Others to Read Your Min
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Communicate With Your Words, Don't Expect Others to Read Your Min

From my experience when working with people. One of reoccurring themes that I find myself reiterating or speaking to clients about is the importance of communication. In my opinion, communication is essential. It is the only way that we are able to let others know how we are feeling, what we think, and more importantly what we think or feel about others and their actions. Often times, I feel that people who are engaged in relationships (weather it be a friendship, romantic relationships, or family relationship) think if a person is close to them...

Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy.  So Now What?
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Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy. So Now What?

"In most ways, kids are pretty much the same as they've always been. Nuts. But in most ways, the world around them is incomprehensibly different. And also nuts... It is an adolescent world different from the one you recall... When your son tells you that you "don't understand," trust him. You don't. Neither do I. He lives in a culture foreign to both of us." - Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! by Michael J. Bradley, Ed.D

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The opposite of effective communication.
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Nagging Can Ruin Your Kid's Future Relationship: I'm Living Proof

If the Olympic games offered nagging as a competitive sport, my mother would take the gold, silver and bronze. I never wanted to be like my mother, and I consciously chose to be as un-nag-like as possible in all my relationships. And when I got married, I let a lot of things happen that I didn't necessarily want to happen, simply because I was too afraid to speak up. I have learned the hard way that marriage is all about communication and without it, well, it's just a matter of time before someone asks for a divorce...if they can get up the nerve to actually ask for one.

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It's Nag-Free Week! Get Ready To Quit Nagging For 7 Whole Days

Take out the garbage—it stinks! How many times do I have to ask you to put the toilet seat down? Please clean the glasses in the sink before you use a new one. Yes, even if you're polite about it, the fact remains: You're nagging. Again. And trust us, it's taking a toll on your relationship. That's why we're devoting the next seven to nag-free communication. That's right, it's Nag-Free Week, and we invite all of our attached readers to improve their relationships by nixing the nagging completely and communicating in a healthy way for an entire week (and hopefully beyond).

Couples In Relationships: What Am I Like To Come Home To?
Who's waiting on the other side of that door? Photo: dominicotine, Flickr.
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Are You Miserable To Come Home To?

All relationships can benefit from asking this one simple question: what am I like to come home to? If you're cranky, indifferent or irritated, you're not putting your best foot forward — for you or your partner. Who do you want to come home to?

Marriage Advice: Learn How To Really 'See' Your Spouse
Have you forgotten how wonderful and unique your partnership is? Photo: thurlbut, Flickr.
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For A Better Marriage, Learn How To Really 'See' Your Spouse

Your partner is supposed to be there for you to make life's hardships easier, but do you ever feel like he makes it more difficult? If you want your knight in shining armor back, here's some must-read marriage advice: stop trying to make him into someone he's not.