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Dads, say this to your daughters

Dads, say this to your daughters

Dads, we know you love your daughter. And you know you love your daughter. But you might be surprised at much she needs to hear it. In the research with teens and preteens for For Parents Only, I found that these four phrases have a lot more impact than you might think. And as you’ll see, they are especially powerful…read more →

Three steps to seeing how mean you really are

Three steps to seeing how mean you really are

Have you seen the video of people, wearing white or black shirts, passing a basketball back and forth? Viewers must count how many times the ball is passed by those in white shirts. And even though they are concentrating, they completely miss the obvious. While viewers are looking for the basketball, a woman in a gorilla suit walks into the middle of…read more →

Every Work-From-Home Parent’s Hilarious Nightmare

Every Work-From-Home Parent’s Hilarious Nightmare

So there you are, in your best suit, giving a Skype video presentation in your best professional manner – and thankful that the people on the other end can’t tell you are doing it all from a home office. After all, you have the impressive bookshelf behind you, and the map on the wall. It is all carefully designed to…read more →

6 Reasons Sarcasm Kills Relationships

6 Reasons Sarcasm Kills Relationships

There are two types of people in the world: those with the quick zinger and the envious wannabes. I’ve always wished I was more quick-witted at pulling out the perfect sarcastic remark when joking with my friends. But I don’t have the sarcasm gene! Even my attempts to trash talk during family game night are lame. Recently, though, I’ve seen…read more →

Avoid divorce with this simple recipe for a happy marriage

Avoid divorce with this simple recipe for a happy marriage

I love that social science now regularly disproves this long-held belief of our culture: that if you are very unhappy in your marriage, it’s better to be realistic and just move on.  Because there is very little chance that you will eventually be very happy together.  Especially since so few people are happy anyway, right? Wrong. Wrong, wrong wrong! When I…read more →

Why You Need to Start the 30-Day Kindness Challenge TODAY!

Why You Need to Start the 30-Day Kindness Challenge TODAY!

Today (January 16, 2017) marks a big day: the launch of the 30-Day Kindness Challenge nationwide! Although you can start it at any time – and will see a marked improvement in your relationships if you do – we encourage people to start TODAY if you can! Why? Thirty days from today is Valentine’s Day. And the 30-Day Kindness Challenge…read more →

Join Me Tonight for a Major Announcement on Facebook Live

Join Me Tonight for a Major Announcement on Facebook Live

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT AT 8 pm ET VIA FACEBOOK LIVE! You know those days when you are so excited about something, you’ve just gotta tell somebody? That is how I feel about what is going on with the new book launch and the 30-day Kindness Challenge initiative that goes with it! First things first: Although no-one knows it yet, The…read more →

4 Ways to Keep your Temper When You Want to Blow

4 Ways to Keep your Temper When You Want to Blow

While doing some research for my next book, I realized something important: when we are angry, most of us handle it wrong! Here are four ways to keep ourselves from (forgive the Marvel reference) turning into a big green rage monster when we otherwise really want to! 1. In advance, realize: “venting” only makes things worse! Most of us have…read more →

Proof that Church Attendance Matters

Proof that Church Attendance Matters

I don’t have a lot of pet peeves. But one of the few is when people quote the old urban legend, “Well, you know, the rate of divorce is the same in the church.” Which is one I debunked in my 2014 book, The Good News About Marriage. Really, any urban legend gets under my skin, but this one infuriates…read more →