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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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How can I be more loved in my marriage

043: 3 Ways to Get More Love

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: What are some ways to get more love? When your husband is on the couch watching TV or staring at his phone while you’re doing the zillionth load of laundry, shuttling your kids around for the fifth time that day or putting in long work hours, it can rub you the wrong way. Especially if he doesn’t even seem to know how clean underwear magically appear

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042: How to Attract Your Husband in Bed

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Attract Your Husband in Bed If the sizzle is missing from your bedroom, you may think (like I did) that it’s because of circumstances beyond your control. The good news is that the real reason the passion is running low is probably something well within your power to change, which means it’s within your power to enjoy feeling sexy and desirable again. The key

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Setting boudaries with my husband

041: 5 Bogus Facts About Boundaries

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 5 Bogus Facts About Boundaries You have to set boundaries in relationships. Everyone knows that. But what if you don’t? Since boundaries are places at the edge of countries where soldiers with guns stand to defend their territory, you’ve gotta ask yourself: Do I really want those in my marriage? I know I don’t. Barbed wire and gun turrets don’t do much for intimacy. You might

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Movies to help my marriage

040: The 5 Best Date Movies for Fixing Your Relationship

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: What are the 5 Best Date Movies for Fixing My Marriage? Watching a movie may not seem like an effective way to improve your relationship, but it is. If you’re lacking inspiration, motivation or hope right now, watching a film is not a bad way to get started with restoring playfulness and connection. I know it sounds like I’m making this up, but researchers at University

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Can marriage counseling save my marriage

039: Four Things About Marriage Counseling That Will Blow Your Mind

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: Four Things About Marriage Counseling That Will Blow Your Mind By the time I was trying to find marriage counselors, things were pretty bad at our house. I wasn’t looking for suggestions on how to improve a good thing; I was looking for ways to hold the marriage together before it self-destructed. I remember knowing that we just couldn’t figure it out ourselves really helped me

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