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Couple Conflict Strategies

Introduction Couple conflict strategies. . . we all need to develop them. During couple conflict, don’t let the embers of friendship erupt into an uncontrolled blaze and burn out the relationship. Forest Rangers use controlled burns to rid the forest of underbrush and keep it healthy. A loving and lasting relationship needs the same care. […]

Don’t Lose Your Self in Your Relationship

You’re afraid you’ll lose your self in your relationship. Today is Independence Day for the United States. It occurred to me that independence has played a role in Greg’s and my marriage as well – and not for the better. Let’s take a look at independence vs interdependence in relationships. Independence I know something about […]

5 Promises of Radical Commitment

© 2015 Relationship Coaching Institute. Adapted with permission. Download PDF 5 Promises of Radical Commitment Download worksheet for couples: The Promises We Make Enroll in the FREE online course The Promises We Make Promise #1: I Promise to Love You Every Day I know that love is a choice and I choose to love you […]

My Commitment: I Promise to Choose You First

by David Steele I promise to choose you first. . . what does that commitment mean? With all of the distractions, obligations, and personal pursuits in life, it can seem difficult to prioritize your partner. In fact, some believe it is downright impossible. Huh? So, how can I possibly choose my partner first? What about […]

Chocolate Fudge Recipe for Two

Happy National Fudge Day! Enjoy this recipe.

Self-Soothing Tips for High Conflict Couples

Brittini Carter, LMHC If your arguments feel out of control, you need to take a step back and bring yourself back to a calm state. National Domestic Violence Hotline If you’re in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. You can also visit the website. […]

The Tug-of-war of Our Differences

Priscilla Hunt, CRCC We want to be on the same page. Our desire is to work together and function as a team. But our differences keep us stuck. So we’re in a constant tug-of-war over the simplest decision about what to do with a free Saturday. To illustrate, he wants to go out to a […]

Wisdom and Advice from a 3-year marriage

Michael and Molly got married 3 years ago. They share insights they’ve gained and lessons they’ve learned as newlyweds. They encourage other couples by sharing some of their own experiences and advice. Find more of Michael and Molly in the Close Companions Online Relationship Academy. Highlights of what Michael and Molly shared: Molly Marriage is […]

The 3 Mistakes Couples Make That ALWAYS Result in Mis-Communication

from CoupleGuideTM to Communicating with Confidence by Dr. Jackie Black Many conversations with our partners are emotionally charged. Be careful of these three common mistakes: The most prevalent mistake is that one or both partners comes to the conversation believing that his or her needs won’t be heard, respected, understood, validated or met. One partner […]