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508, 2020

5 Strategies to Improve Your Marriage When Facing Mental Illness

5 Strategies to Improve Your Marriage When Facing Mental Illness  1. To fight isolation, choose connection  Connection: Connection isn’t just about a weekly date night. It’s choosing to move toward each other when it would be easier to withdraw or lash out. It’s choosing validation. If you don’t remember how to do that check out the previous video about kids and parents in this series. It’s about being vulnerable with each other and in community.  2. To fight stigma, speak up Speak Up: Don’t let the stigma of mental illness prevent you from reaching out for help. That [...]

2907, 2020

5 Ways Mental Illness Affects Marriage

In my last video we talked how our child’s mental illness affects our relationship with them. So if you missed that video be sure to check it out. Today, I’m excited to be back sharing content after a not being in the studio due to pandemic restrictions, so I decided to get creative and film outside to stay safe and still get you some content. One of the biggest ways that these times have impacted our lives is in our relationships so it’s timely. Author and minister, Gary Thomas writes about marriage saying, “A good marriage [...]

1307, 2020

The Expectation of Perfection

Perfection.  It seems like the societal expectation.   We expect it from the guy that makes our sandwich at Subway.  We expect our children to get straight A’s and never make mistakes as they try to figure out who they are.  Most of all we expect ourselves to be perfect at work, be the perfect spouse, parent, and with all that still have our home look like it walked out of an episode of HGTV.  We lose sleep over each miss-step.  We wonder what people are thinking of us and we look at ourselves in the mirror [...]

2206, 2020

4 Mental Health Tips for a Covid World

I bought a dodo . . . And other things that aren’t true. I received an email today from an unknown source requesting my bank account information so they “can do a bank transfer for the payment of the dodo you purchased.” I didn’t buy a dodo. I didn’t send them my bank account information. I probably won’t get the bird I didn’t purchase. Covid culture is a new and uncertain time for all of us. It has us isolated, stir crazy and reprioritizing what is essential for our lives to continue with some sense of normalcy.  We [...]

1506, 2020

Processing Covid-19 Experiences

When the pandemic hit, our collective worlds came to a screeching halt in ways we are still trying to understand.  University classes and schools were cancelled, sporting events postponed, concerts rescheduled, and so much more.  Then the layoffs came, unwanted furloughs.  A sense of fear and uncertainty washed over our communities, nations, and the entire globe.  A felt sense of disquiet throughout our collective veins. We Are Tired I am reminded of something Brené Brown mentioned in a podcast back in March.  It is okay we don’t know what we are doing. After all, this is the [...]

806, 2020

Help Your Children Develop Conflict Resolution Skills

Dealing with sibling conflict? Ready to pull your hair out or hide in the bathroom? I’ve heard so many parents in this stay at home season who are fed up with playing referee to their kids. They want to walk away and let the kids fight it out. Unfortunately, a free-for-all is not helpful in creating family unity or safety. It is so hard to navigate conflict 24/7.  Do You Want Peace in Your Home? While learning or implementing a new skill under stress is not ideal, how about trying The Talking Table to bring some peace [...]

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