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How Do You Know It’s Love?

How Do You Know It’s Love?

As parents of a combined total of 19 children (varying in age from 9 to 47) — and even more grandchildren, we, the co-directors of Dasi–Ziyad Family Institute are bound to get questions of all kinds from our children. The older ones and the younger ones approach us for wise answers to curious, sad or challenging questions.

Change Today To Save Your Relationship

Change Today To Save Your Relationship

Sometimes the tiny steps we need to make our partner feel special again, are met with resistance. Change can be awkward. Let’s face it, doing something different after years of doing it one way can be a downright scary at worst, embarrassing, awkward and strange at best. Breaking patterns is not easy, but it’s definitely doable.

Birth Plans Are Dangerous!

Birth Plans Are Dangerous!

Are you pregnant or planning a child? Avoid this common practice the way it's typically prescribed. We’re told it’s empowering to create a plan for how we want to experience labor and delivery. After all, shouldn’t it be the way we want? We’re instructed to relay this plan with all its details to the appropriate practitioners – our OB or midwife, for starters. What we’re not told is that our birth plan can easily cause serious problems. When we write this plan and think about it as if it’s in stone, such as: No episiotomy; no drugs; natural only – no intervention; baby to breast immediately, we set ourselves up big time.

Got Orgasms?

Got Orgasms?

Distracted or frustrated with the lack of the "Big O"? Read on... Simple tips to a Great Orgasm O- Open your mind and be willing to experience something new. R- Relax and forget the ‘to do list’. Set the mood and concentrate on your lover and yourself. G- Get spontaneous. Who said you need marathon sex every time. QUICKIE!!! A- Amaze yourself and put the extra effort into satisfying your partner. It may just make YOU hotter!

When Unsolicited Advice Happens

When Unsolicited Advice Happens

In therapy we know that we can only listen, educate and then let the cards fall where they may. I’ve always looked down on therapists who try to therapize their friends. In the same vein I also totally despise it when people say they want to be a therapist, because “my friends all tell me I’m a good listener,” or “I’m always helping my friends with their problems.” A good friend does not a good therapist make, necessarily. And, yet I found myself doing the unthinkable, the thing I despise the most: Giving unsolicited advice.

The 5 Biggest SMS Relationship Mistakes

The 5 Biggest SMS Relationship Mistakes

SMS, which is short for Short-Message-Service, has exploded in popularity worldwide, with over 6.1 trillion messages sent in 2010. This is expected to increase to over 10 trillion messages per annum in 2013. SMS allows mobile phone users to send short text messages of under 160 characters to each other. There are obvious advantages to this style of communication including convenience, low cost and speed. There are also numerous pitfalls that I am frequently hearing about from my relationship counselling clients.

My Husband Is Having An Affair... With A Man!

My Husband Is Having An Affair... With A Man!

What to do when your spouse comes out to you as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The woman sitting across from me in my office was obviously upset. Her eyes were red-rimmed from crying as she carefully dabbed at her tears to avoid streaking her eye make-up. She was an attractive woman, neatly dressed, in her late 30's and couldn't stop crying even before we began to speak.

You Can Find Love Again...Just Ask Shania Twain

You Can Find Love Again...Just Ask Shania Twain

Shania Twain was able to overcome heartbreak and find love again with her new husband Imagine you are on the top of the world. You have sold over 100 million albums. You are married to one of the world's most famous record producers, the one person who has almost single handedly, supported and guided you on your path to superstar success. And then one day you find out he is having an affair with your best friend? Think that would turn your world upside down?