Tip of the Day Archive
Adult children’s rudeness may reflect their own unresolved issues.
Physical abuse is unacceptable, period.
“No time for sex” is a choice you can change.
When a best friend finds romance, it’s about that person’s happiness, not about being left behind.
If you snoop, you may find something. Be prepared to confront or distrust.
Connecting with grandkids through face-time, email, reading together, etc, strengthens overall family ties.
Juggling a logical marriage with an emotional passion can leave everyone involved empty-handed.
Feelings between married co-workers may be flirting, fantasy, or life changing. Examine your own marriage, first.
When the family situation changes dramatically, make sure “house rules” are workable, and not threats.
You don’t need to label it “stashing” to know when you’re being treated as second-class. Don’t accept it.
If an older parent’s suddenly rushing into a new marriage, ask questions rather than overreact.
Confront a turning point in your relationship head on, instead of confusing it with other issues.
Weight is a highly personal, sensitive topic, best only discussed with caring, supportive people.
If post-divorce bitterness negates access agreements, ask for court-ordered mediation.
Grandparents don’t owe babysitting duties. Be grateful for whatever help they provide.
Adult bullies thrive on public shaming. Fight back if you have a legal stance (e.g. slander, harassment) or ignore, if possible.
Deep hurts can’t heal if nurtured for years. Get professional counselling.
Grief and fear after a tragic loss have no set end-date. Therapy can help deal with it.
Toxic relationships play havoc with peace of mind. Protect yourself and your own choices.
A new baby can change many past attitudes. Don’t bring the burden of old resentments to a fresh start for your family.
When a live in partner bolts, focus on healing, then on what you want in a next relationship.
When a would-be partner’s adult child is a problem, time will bring the need and rights to speak up.
Busy working parents can find ways to make time for sex through creativity and mutual planning.
Couples with differing sexual drives need to explore how to be mutually comfortable and feel loved.
We can learn from each other, especially when facing stresses familiar to others.
A partner’s secretive history of domestic violence is a signal to leave, and leave safely.
Dating two people seriously, and simultaneously, can ignite a lose-lose explosion.
Consider the message and fallout from your partner not inviting a parent to the wedding.
Don’t let in-law interference cause a divorce.
What we teach young people holds true for adults and all genders: Sex has consequences. Be prepared.
Years of long-distance become a “break-up” if there’s no discussion about a future together.
Everyone who experiences sexual assault has a “voice” needed to speak up, and identify the act and the perpetrator.
When pressured romantically by a manipulator, know that he/she is seeking to control you.
Healing from a separation takes time and openness to professional help.
When neither partner says what they really feel, the “elephant in the room” grows larger.
A disappointing relationship doesn’t define you. Move forward.
Obesity and weight-loss are sensitive personal topics best not discussed publicly at work.
A hostile separation calls for understanding the laws involved.
Be upfront about wanting your relationship exclusive. Don’t take it for granted.
When a spouse acts only on his/her own interest, you’re free to make the same choice.
Be careful how you affect others emotions when you’re “selling” the benefits of relationships.
Health changes in a longtime partner can happen to either one. Apply compassion and try simple solutions.
Sexual assault is a crime that calls for being reported to prevent it happening again.
When your spouse seems constantly “annoying,” consider what’s changed in you, not just him/her.
Managing the technology in your personal life is an ongoing process.
Devastating hurts from childhood through teenage often requires professional therapy.
Adult children experiencing marital problems need support and professional counseling, plus advice, not parental intervention except in cases of abuse.
You can’t know if a relationship will “work out” unless you give it a chance.
When considering a “surprise” pregnancy, the best interest of the child is as important as yours.
Can a long-distance age-gap relationship last? Only if you both keep wanting it.