She was Putting Her Kids in the Middle

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She was Putting Her Kids in the Middle

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She was Putting Her Kids in the Middle

“People can’t change the truth, but the truth can change people.” Drake

 

My client, who I’ll refer to as Naomi shared something important with me recently: She said she realized how she was using her children as a means of avoiding closeness with her husband.

When they would all be walking together, the kids were in the middle between them.

When they would hand out together in the kitchen around the island, she noticed how she always seemed to be on the opposite side of the island closest to her children.

Even in bed, the kids often fell ...continue reading...

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My Musings on Marriage

“Most of us are imprisoned by something. We’re living in darkness until something flips on the switch.” Wynonna Judd

 

I love the idea of having someone to walk beside in this life.

I love that we get to be a witness to one another’s lives.

And I love that we get to share the joys and sorrows of life with another human being.

But the institution of marriage is sort of a peculiar thing to me…

Marriage was originally created as an alliance between two families, where the property rights, money, and bloodlines could be secured within the ...continue reading...

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The Shame of Staying

“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” Carl Gustav Jung

 

My new client, who I’ll refer to as Paula, recently found out that her husband has been having an affair with another woman for at least ten years. As you can imagine, she’s devastated.

Ten years together isn’t a fling or a simple indiscretion; it’s a relationship.

Paula is wondering why she ignored the signs.

She’s wondering where exactly the marriage broke in order for her 30-year marriage to be vulnerable to an affair.

She’s wondering how she’ll ever be able to trust again.

She vacillates between blaming herself ...continue reading...

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Was Your Marriage Put on a Shelf?

“Rarely does anything get properly cooked on the back burner.” Susan Gale

Back when most of us got married, it felt like some sort of an accomplishment. We checked that box with a buoyant optimism and then quickly got busy with the other important life goals and building a life together. 

We build a home together and buy new furniture.

We get a pet.

We often operate on stress and fumes as we achieve at work, reaching for greater and greater success each in our own way.

At some point, we begin creating a family together and bring new ...continue reading...

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Are You Growing Closer Together or Drifting Further Apart?

“Continents drift and so do hearts.” John Mark Green

In my marriage and relationship coaching practice, people reach out to me when their marriages have been struggling for years or even decades. Their relationships have become so unbearable that they’re considering leaving the marriage and are feeling paralyzed in fear because they don’t know how to fix the marriage and make it better, but they don’t know how to leave either. They tell me they feel stuck, sad, alone, scared and disconnected.

One of the questions I ask these people in my first discussion with them is, “What will ...continue reading...

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Resentments of an Alpha Female

“Being both soft and strong is an accomplishment that very few have mastered.” Yasmin Mogahed

 

In my first marriage, I was a woman who was strong and capable and driven. I was a marketing executive climbing the corporate ladder who led large teams of people and prided herself on being the one who could GSD (aka: Get Shit Done).

As you can imagine, there is no “off” switch that helped me to soften on my way home to my husband after work each night, so I unconsciously brought that same controlling energy and GSD approach into my marriage. ...continue reading...

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If Your Husband is Controlling, Here’s Why.

“If I was meant to be controlled, I would have come with a remote.” Genereux Philip

 

Many of my clients have controlling husbands.

Their husbands are afraid that their wives are not being fully honest, so they watch their every move and monitor their phones.

Their husbands are afraid that their wives will spend too much or spend on something they don’t agree with buying, so they control the finances.

Their husbands are afraid of what other people will think if their picture-perfect life changes.

It goes the other way too; sometimes women attempt to control their husband’s ...continue reading...

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Loving Unconditionally is the Hardest Work We’ll Ever Do

“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional.” Stephen Kendrick

 

Loving unconditionally is easy to say, living it is so much more difficult.

When my husband is telling me how beautiful I am and doing the things that make me happy, I am loving toward him and think loving thoughts about him. When he does something that makes me feel hurt or tells how frustrated he is with me, I shut down or punch back and become hurtful in return.

That’s loving conditionally.

When we feel heard and understood, that feels like standing in ...continue reading...

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Why We Avoid Setting Boundaries

“When you know you are of worth, you don’t have to raise your voice, you don’t have to become rude, you don’t have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn’t have to protest.” Maya Angelou

 

If we are setting boundaries, people won’t like us.

If we use our voices to express out loud what is and is not okay, people will want to silence us.

If we set healthy boundaries, others will think we’re bitchy or bossy.

We avoid confrontation ...continue reading...

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Why People in Healthcare Struggle in Their Marriages

“Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.” Mao Zedong

 

If you were to look at the national averages for divorce rates in the US for people in the healthcare profession, it would show them beating the national averages (Physicians and Surgeons divorcing at a rate of 21.8% and Healthcare professionals 31.6% according to quartz.com*). However, that hasn’t been my experience.

I have doctors and surgeons, wives of doctors and surgeons, nurses and therapists as clients. I also have teachers, administrators, corporate execs and other professions, but people in the healthcare field certainly make up more than ...continue reading...

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