Category Archives: Partner/Spouse

How to Avoid “Holiday Hell” with Family, Friends & Partners!

Holiday Hell! That’s when you are pushed, pressured, obligated and bound by the expectations of others that you have taken on yourself. Those others may be your family, your partner, your church, workplace or culture. You somehow feel you HAVE to do things, to live up to those expectations.  GREAT NEWS! Holiday Hell is self-imposed…

Relationship Help: 3 Big Steps To Turn Holiday Duty & Dread Into Love & Delight

Because big family holidays and celebrations tend to bring into focus the way we really feel–duty, dread or delight, here’s some relationship help insights to make it easier . But, how is it for you? Do you look forward to joining with your family and delighting in the celebration? Or, is it obligation and duty…

Am I Living with a Passive-Aggressive Man?

An unlikely, but newsworthy, top story: “Passive-aggressive men drive their partners crazy daily!” Are you being driven crazy by the behaviors of a passive-aggressive man? Read below and see. Yes, of course, passive-aggressive behaviors are not limited to men. But for today’s post, I want to focus on them because, often, we women have deep-seated inclinations…

Relationship Help: Help! I Don’t Find My Partner Attractive Anymore. Part 2

There’s a very good reason why traditional wedding vows include the “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health” bit!  It’s because things change!  And you might need some relationship help to cope with that change!  Whether or not you had a wedding or not, making a commitment to a…

Relationship Help: Is it the little things that really get to you?

Oh, yes! Those little sideways glances, rolling eyes, hrmphs, and pauses are often the things that set off conversations that go nowhere good.  It’s the little things. It’s the lid off the toothpaste tube each morning with all that bright blue goop in the sink. It’s the failure to put on a new roll of…

Get relationship help now for yourself if you suspect you are living with, or divorced from a high conflict person.

Relationship Advice: “That REALLY bugs me!!!”

  Are there things your partner does that cause you to say “That REALLY bugs me!”? And, when you say it, are you thinking s/he should now change that behavior?  Oops! That’s not a reasonable expectation. I know you might think it is and you might even pull out that old, awful, in-my-opinion-never-to-be-heard-again phrase:  “If…

Relationship Help: Are You Getting Diatribes When You’re Wanting Dialogues?

Sometimes, we’re afraid to open up conversations about troubling issues for fear it will only make matters worse. We’re afraid that we’ll be met with a diatribe and there will be no dialogue. Sound familiar? What’s a diatribe? Well, that’s when someone holds forth and seldom takes a breath while giving you all the reasons,…

Relationship Help: What if S/He says “NO” to you?

We live in la-la land sometimes. We think that because someone tells us they love us that that guarantees they will say “Yes!” when we ask something of them. That crooked thinking is why we often need relationship help. Who ever said that loving someone meant that they would always say “Yes”? That is right…

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