Open is better than vulnerable

Open is better than vulnerable

I know it’s a hot topic right now, but I take issue with the current view of how important it is to be vulnerable. It may be semantics, but to me, “vulnerable” implies you can be decimated. I prefer the word “open.” I looked up vulnerable in the dictionary. Here’s...
When negativity rules your sex life

When negativity rules your sex life

Fighting, blame, criticism, shame and cruelty…While trace amounts of these elements can exist in a healthy relationship, perhaps, most of your relationship should be about support, encouragement, constructive feedback, respect and self-confrontation.  Though David...
Build trust in a relationship

Build trust in a relationship

What does it take to feel safe in a relationship? We tend to think that acceptance, softness, and warmth are the elements that make us feel safe, that we are safest when our partner accepts what we say and do with a smile and a hug. We equate anger and disagreement...
Good listening – what it takes

Good listening – what it takes

You might think you know how to listen, but there are skills to good listening that can take practice. If someone in your life is repeating themselves or bringing up the same topic over and over again, it is usually because they don’t feel heard. You may need to...
Difficult conversations – what it takes to have success

Difficult conversations – what it takes to have success

I was interviewed by a Seattle parenting magazine about the struggles couples have with dividing parenting responsibilities and how they can approach the issues involved. While parenting is certainly one of the biggest issues that can trip up a relationship, resolving...

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