Knowing When It’s Time to See a Therapist

Knowing When It’s Time to See a Therapist

I did it. I had my first personal therapy session this week. I’ve done marriage counseling. I’ve done group therapy with my writing friends. But prior to this, I’ve never done therapy just for me. I thought I could heal myself or get support from friends, family or a partner. Yes, the personal and relationship […]

Parents Need Love as Much as Their Children Do

Parents Need Love as Much as Their Children Do

So much of parenting is giving — time, attention, patience, food, guidance, love — incoming emotional sustenance is indispensable for balance. …Parents need each other for support and replenishment.  — Thomas Lewis, MD, Fari Amini, MD, Richard Lannon, MD, A General Theory of Love So much of our emotional well-being depends on the amount of reassurance […]

How to Earn Your Lover’s Trust and Improve the Relationship

How to Earn Your Lover’s Trust and Improve the Relationship

  Last week I wrote about gaining the trust of our children. This week I’m focusing on earning the trust of our partner. There are similarities between the two but as adults we have had more relationships shape us over the years, thus our brains are chock full of ingrained patterns and expectations. We also view […]

How to Earn Our Children’s Trust and Improve the Relationship

How to Earn Our Children’s Trust and Improve the Relationship

My children are all teenagers now. It’s safe to say, our relationships with each other greatly affect the way we live and feel from day-to-day. There are challenges within our relationships. There are days when security and harmony are absent in our home. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to improve our […]

Stay Cool and Miss Out on Real Love

Stay Cool and Miss Out on Real Love

I had an insightful conversation with my fabulous neighbor the other day. She’s in her 70s, beautiful and fascinating. She did not meet her husband (also an incredible and good human) until she was in her 30s. Prior to that she said she spent a lot of time playing it cool with the men she dated. She […]

Loneliness: It Happens to Introverts Too

Loneliness: It Happens to Introverts Too

Mother’s Day this year topped all the other years I can remember. My children attended church with me. My sons had never been to a service with me. It was so fun to introduce the kids to my  friends. My friends had heard about my kiddos but now they could put faces and voices to the […]