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Sometimes You Need a Plumber

Sometimes You Need a Plumber

If I read food labels carefully, am I a dietician? Does having a 401K make me a financial planner? If I can triage a skinned knee or bloody nose, am I practically a doctor? We can have working knowledge in plenty of areas we are not trained specialists. You probably...

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Calming the Storm

Calming the Storm

Irrational behavior, short fuses, unrealistic demands. I’ve always joked the FBI should recruit hostage negotiators from parents in the preschool drop off line. Parenting is unbelievably hard work, especially for parents committed to doing it well. Learning to...

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Dance Like King Triton’s Watching

Dance Like King Triton’s Watching

Few things in life compare to being really known by someone. This morning, my husband texted me a link to a song and hoped it would make the cut for my “upbeat” playlist. Understand, we like pretty different styles of music generally, so his efforts to win me over to...

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Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound

When my newborn son lets out a shrill cry at 3 in the morning, my body has a very visceral reaction. My husband and I both wake up alert and spring into action to pick him up, check him out, and quickly diagnose what’s ailing him. Hungry? Someone scrambles to the...

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Is Your Partner…Quirky?

Is Your Partner…Quirky?

It’s pretty easy to keep company with people who have similar interests and personalities, but there’s something to the “opposites attract” idea, too. The differences between us keep things exciting, adding spice to the relationship and depth to our conversations....

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Money Talks: Moving Past Financial Gridlock

Money Talks: Moving Past Financial Gridlock

It’s always an adventure working with partners who have very different approaches to money. Maybe one insists on upgrading to the newest luxury car with all the extras while the other already has lucrative college savings accounts set aside for their future children....

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Expressing Needs Without Being “Needy”

Expressing Needs Without Being “Needy”

Today’s million dollar question: How can we get more of what we want/need from our partners without coming across as “needy?” Here’s the thing - we all have needs. While our partners can’t meet our every need or cater to our every whim, most loving partners want to...

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