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How Criticism Can Tank a Relationship

Last week, I talked about what Dr John Gottman refers to as The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse or the signs that a relationship may be headed for disaster. Criticism is the first of those four horseman and shows up the most frequently, even in the most stable of...

An Introduction to The Four Horsemen

Dr John Gottman- the country’s foremost relationship expert- has studied couples for more than forty years. He has also been able to predict which marriages will succeed and which will ultimately end in divorce with more than 90% accuracy! How does he do it?...

How To Stay Connected After Baby

There is little that could impact your relationship with your partner more than having a baby. If you thought that having a child would solidify and strengthen your relationship, I have some bad news for you. Research from the Gottman Institute in Seattle tells us...

5 Ways to Survive a Panic Attack

“I can’t do this.” “I’m having a heart attack. I’m going to die.” “I can’t breathe.” “I’m freaking out.” “Why is this happening to me?” “Oh my God. Everyone is...

5 Ways to Support an Anxious Partner

As I mentioned last week, about 1 in 5 people will struggle with severe anxiety at some point in their lives. Living with a partner who has anxiety can be challenging. Often times, it can lead one to feeling frustrated, angry, sad, or even disappointed that their...

5 Signs Your Partner is Anxious

About 1 in 5 people will struggle with anxiety at some point in their lives. It’s not uncommon that the birth of a child can trigger the onset of anxiety. It’s natural for new parents to worry about their baby, about their partner, and about their...
The Secret To Raising ‘Good’ Children

The Secret To Raising ‘Good’ Children

A new wife wanted to prepare her first Thanksgiving dinner. The night before, she remembers to put the turkey in the sink to thaw overnight. She places the turkey in the sink and places a dish rack over it. Her husband asked her about the dish rack, and the wife...
Effects of a Father’s Depression

Effects of a Father’s Depression

When a father is struggling with depression, it can have a far-reaching impact on his life, the development of his children, and even place his job in jeopardy. The effect of a father’s depression on his children Depressed dads may have difficulty bonding with...