Giving Regular Doses of “I Love You”

One of the things I cherish the most as a dad is the ability to say “I love you” so many times to my wife and children every day. I’m the type of person who just calls one of my daughters out of the blue and says those three words with a hug. Read more

Lonely This Christmas? 9 Helpful Tips

Christmas is almost upon us again. The shops are crammed with sparkling decorations and excited shoppers. Christmas trees are beginning to appear in folk’s windows, the first Christmas songs are being played on the radio, and even the weather is turning cold and frosty as if in anticipation of the big day. Christmas can be a time of great joy and laughter, of celebration with family and close friends, of parties and dinners and cosy firesides just for two; but it can also be the loneliest time of the year for many. Read more

8 Ways to Survive Your Family Christmas

For many families Christmas is the only time of the year when everyone gets together under one roof to ‘celebrate’. Unfortunately, there’s often a very good reason for this gathering remaining just an annual ritual; sibling rivalries, past grudges and personality clashes abound. There’s more than a grain of truth in the old adage; “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family”! Read more

The Growing Pains During My First Year of Marriage

I never realized how loving, yet tough something as foundational as marriage could be. You soon discover that living with someone else, day after day, can become draining. However, as draining as it may be, you would much rather have them beside you than anywhere else. Yes, this sounds a lot like love, but this is marriage. Of course, love is there, but day after day, you realize there is more needed, to keep this marriage afloat. Read more

Making Relationships Work

Being in love is truly one of the best things in the world. It’s the reason we all want to be in a relationship. If we dread anything, it’s that it may end and find that we are to blame. Making a relationship last takes a lot of work and commitment from both partners. The following are a few tenents that every relationship should have. Read more

How To Support A Terminally Ill Loved One

Finding out that a loved one is terminally ill presents a serious emotional challenge, not just for the afflicted person, but for their friends and family as well. While you need not repress all of your emotions, you should bring the needs of the individual to the forefront during this trying time. Read more

Struggling With Addiction

My partner and I both struggle with addiction; his is alcohol. Mine is cigarettes. Neither is particularly easy to overcome, and while we both want to, we continually find ourselves in different phases of “quitting”. Which leads to us actually helping each other justify our slips and bad decisions instead of helping each other stay strong and overcome. Read more

How To Protect Children From The Pain Of Divorce

Divorce is never pleasant or easy and it’s particularly tough when kids are involved.  A traumatic and acrimonious divorce can leave an indelible mark on your child’s psyche forever.  Here’s some invaluable advice for parents to make a difficult time easier on your child. Read more

Communication is the Key to a Successful Marriage

Verbal communication is a tool for understanding other people, but wives and husbands know each other through non-verbal communication just fine. They can communicate without uttering a single word. You can talk louder in silence than you ever could with words. Read more