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058: Recovering From an Affair: The Ultimate Guide to Healing

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: Recovering From an Affair: The Ultimate Guide to Healing When you discover your partner’s infidelity, a horrible sinking feeling washes over you–followed quickly by a wave of denial. “It can’t be true!” you try to reassure yourself, even as another wave of realization pummels you with the truth: This is actually happening to you even though you never thought it would. Being the victim of a

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057: How to Get Your Husband to Want a Baby

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Get Your Husband to Want a Baby It’s so normal for you to want a baby. And then another, and even another. Maybe your heart yearns for enough babies to form your own basketball team–or even a baseball team. But what if your husband isn’t on board? What if he thinks you already have enough kids? What if he doesn’t even want one child?

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056: The 5 Relationship Hacks All Women Should Know But Don’t

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: The 5 Relationship Hacks All Women Should Know But Don’t What do men want most from the women they love? If you’re asking yourself that, it’s probably because your guy seems grumpy, distant or depressed. Maybe he’s all three. Early on in my marriage, when everything was a struggle, I thought I was a pretty good wife. And since my marriage was miserable, that meant that

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055: How to Save Your Marriage when He Won’t Even Try

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Save Your Marriage when He Won’t Even Try One of the most painful things I often hear from a woman struggling in her marriage is hopelessness about her husband being unwilling to work on the relationship. She’ll tell me he won’t go to counseling. He won’t even read a single book. He says “we’re not together,” or “it’s over!” He’s already with the other

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054: How to Recover from a Fight

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Recover from a Fight If you’re anything like I was, some fights come up in your relationship more often than a hit song plays on Top 40 radio. You don’t want to have the same fight over and over, but it keeps happening. You’re just talking about the leftovers from dinner and next thing you know, your mother–who isn’t present–is involved, and you’re both

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053: How to Know if Your Relationship is Normal

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Know if Your Relationship is Normal When there’s a breakdown in your relationship, it can trigger shame. You don’t want other people to know what he just called you, or how you’ve been sleeping separately, or that he punched a wall or shook one of the kids or isn’t coming home at night. When you’re scared like that, it’s normal to want to protect

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052: 3 Ways to Fix a Broken Marriage

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How do I fix my broken marriage? How do you fix your marriage when it’s been so hard for so long that you just don’t feel like trying anymore? If you were one of the blog readers who asked that question last week, you reminded me of how exhausting that is. It’s awful. When you’re already drained, the idea that there’s one more thing you need

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051: The Most Powerful Intimacy Skill

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: The Most Powerful Intimacy Skill of All Sometimes you feel like the only person at your house who is doing ANYTHING on the endless list of chores that must get done. Or maybe you’re the only one doing things the way they should be done. Either way, it’s a lonely, exhausting feeling. When that’s how it’s been for a looooong time, the last thing on your

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050: 3 Steps to End the Exhausting Tug of War Forever

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 3 Steps to End the Exhausting Tug of War Forever When every negotiation at your house feels like a battle, you waste a lot of energy. Whether it’s about how to handle a baby who won’t sleep, a budget that doesn’t add up, or a growing mess in the house, it takes a lot longer to accomplish things when you have to debate and argue about

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049: 3 Ways to Be a Feminine Feminist

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 3 Ways to Be a Feminine Feminist What if you want to be able to have every opportunity to do your life’s work and earn what you’re worth for doing it, but you don’t want to be identified as an angry woman who rails against the patriarchy and doesn’t shave her armpits? Should you call yourself a feminist? And what if you also want to wear

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How can I make my husband listen to me

048: 5 Hacks for Communicating with Men So They Hear You and Get You

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 5 Hacks for Communicating with Men So They Hear You and Get You Everybody knows communication is the key to a good relationship. That’s obvious. But what if it isn’t? I’m a good talker. I started talking early, and I never really shut up. Growing up, my sport was Scrabble. I even majored in communication in college. So when there were big problems in my marriage

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047: The #1 Way to Make Your Marriage Happier

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: The #1 Way to Make Your Marriage Happier Shana was upset with her husband when she got home to find the kids eating candy and playing on the iPad while he worked in the yard. “I just can never count on him when I want to go out. He says he’s taking care of the kids and then I come home to this!” she seethed. Meanwhile,

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046: 3 Secrets Great Relationship Coaches Know

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 3 Secrets Great Relationship Coaches Know When you’re struggling in your marriage you just want someone to help you fix it, or fix him or do whatever it is that’s going to help you stop hurting and feeling hopeless. That’s what relationship coaches do, but most people are more familiar with marriage counseling as the resource for a struggling marriage. So what’s the difference? On today’s

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What can I do so my husband loves me?

045: How to Make Your Husband Love You Again

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Make My Husband Love Me Again? I often hear this heartbreaking question from women: “My husband says he’s not in love with me anymore. Should I just give up and move on?” Who wouldn’t feel unloved and hopeless hearing those words? What a lousy thing to experience. But it doesn’t mean your man will continue to feel that way. You have a lot of

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What can I do with my mother-in-law

044: What to Do With Your Monster-in-Law

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: What can I do with my mother-in-law? Mothers-in-law can be pushy. Yours may think she knows better than you how to make a cup of tea, burp the baby or get the spot off the carpet, but it’s your beverage, your baby and your carpet, and nobody wants to be told how to do things. Sometimes it goes even further and you get the impression that

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