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Only you get to decide what is right for your day.
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Should You Invite Homophobic Relatives To Your Wedding?

Having trouble deciding who gets to come to your big day? Despite all the advice you are going to get, there is no one right or wrong way to decide who should or shouldn't be there on your big day. The one thing you can be sure of, is that you are doing the right thing for you. Here are five options on how to decide who should get a wedding invitation.

5 New Years Resolutions that you actually can keep
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5 New Years Resolutions that you actually can keep

FIVE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Happy 2014! Here are five simple New Year’s Resolutions for anyone who wants proof that human connections promote health. 1. Practice radical empathy: Listen with an open heart and non-defensive stance 2. Move toward attunement: Be curious and really feel your partner’s experience. Reach for her or him emotionally. 3. Take your emotional pulse: Be honest about your feelings. For example, is anger or anxiety covering up hurt? Shame?

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Father (and mother and sister and minister) knows best.
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10 Secrets Of Healthy Marriages—From The People I Love Most

Last June, my husband and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. 

Last June, we celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. 

We're happier together now than we were on our wedding day, but that doesn't mean that life has been perfect...or even easy. We've had plenty of setbacks over the years, from soul-crushing jobs to my miscarriage last August. But we've managed to stick it out, thanks to our commitment—and some important lessons from people who love us. 



Are The Holidays Really Over? Celebrating With Meaning
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Are The Holidays Really Over? Celebrating With Meaning

Holidays are a time to gather, reflect, catch up with old friends and family members, celebrate traditions, create new rituals, or get away from it all.   Are you the type of person to celebrate holidays and events?  Most cultures have rituals that honor seasons or important passage times in ones life.  In the US we are a melting pot and many people have slowly lost their original customs over the generations.  It may be that your family could not get the right items to recreate the tradition or that they consciously gav

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Don't be blue!
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How To Beat The Gay Holiday Blues

We're just days before the big "C" — Christmas. Chanukah has passed and Thanksgiving is a distant memory. Hustle, bustle, parties and keeping-up-appearances is in full swing. Yet, no matter the year, the holiday season brings its own version of joy and folly for many people.

Why To Discipline But Never Punish Your Kids
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Why To Discipline But Never Punish Your Kids

Suppose your child has left Legos all over the living room again!  Can you picture the chaos? Can you feel yourself become frustrated immediately?  Are your shoulders  instantly stiffening just thinking about the scene and the consequences?  And this was just pretend.  What happens when you are right in the midst of inappropriate behavior? Ponder What Discipline Really Means

4 Reasons To Be Grateful For Being Single
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4 Reasons To Be Grateful For Being Single

In today's society it seems that if you aren't in a committed, long term relationship you are in a bad place emotionally and in the happiness area of your life. While being part of a "couple" is a wonderful thing, so is being single. Finding time over the Thanksgiving season to reflect on all you have to be grateful for as a single helps you to get a real perspective on life.

The Key To Overcoming A Painful Divorce [EXPERT]
Do you have the key?
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The Key To Overcoming A Painful Divorce

The issues that prevent a rapid adjustment to life after divorce are emotion-based and, as such, cannot be solved logically. All we can do is dissolve the disruptive energy they cause. For example, you got divorced and it's painful. You cannot "solve" the problem of divorce because, regardless of what you do, you are still divorced. The pain is the problem.

21 Reasons Kids and Parents Tell Lies (EXPERT)
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21 Reasons Kids and Parents Tell Lies (EXPERT)

Do parents lie to their kids? Do kids tell lies? Why do we lie, often when the truth would serve us better? We recently had a group of friends and relatives in our home for a dinner party. After some great food and general conversation, I asked them to help me with this project. Everyone was supportive and eager to assist in writing a book. But when I asked them to tell me why they lied, there was a shocked silence.

The Secret Ingredient To Freedom In Your Relationships
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The Secret Ingredient To Freedom In Your Relationships

Wouldn't it be firecracker fabulous if every single day of your relationships felt like the 4th of July? What would that look and feel like? Want to know the secret? First let me share my 4th of July memories with you and then I'll let you in on the secret. For as long as I can remember we always had huge family gatherings at my aunt's house on the 4th. She lives near the High School where there would be the most amazing fireworks display. Growing up it was a day spent in her pool with everyone playing Marco Polo or water volleyball.

Creating Connections: Draw Them In
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Creating Connections: Draw Them In

Many years ago, an Edwin Markham poem inspired me, and I’ve tried to live by it   "Outwitted" by Edwin Markham He drew a circle that shut me out — Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in!