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4 Reasons You Might Want To Date A Criminal

My Social Pick featured this article on 9/19/12.

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4 Reasons You Can Forgive Someone You Love

Published on YourTango on 9/13/12

Forgiveness is for you as well as the relationship – find sources in your spirituality to help do it

When you have become emotionally close to another person, you have become more vulnerable. This vulnerability opens the doors for that person to do things that really hurt, which often comes out when conflicts arise. At the same time, you can develop higher expectations about what the other person does and how they should act towards you. This also can lead to unfulfilled expectations which could result in resentment or even anger, even without the other person knowing that they have done something to hurt you.

recent study has shown that people with increased spirituality have improved mental health, in part because of the role of forgiveness.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/4-reasons-you-can-forgive-someone-you-love-expert

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Giving Ultimatums to Teens – A Word of Caution

Article highlighted at YourTango on 7/15/13 based on prior article

In the heat of the moment an ultimatum seems the way to deal with a child’s rebellion – be careful

Parents often struggle with how to draw and enforce boundaries for their teenage child. For example, consider the following situation:

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/giving-ultimatums-teens-word-caution

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What to Do When Your Teen Child Hates You

Article highlighted on YourTango on 7/15/13 based on prior article

Your teenager child’s behavior is foreign to you and they state they hate you. What should you do?

Imagine the following situation:

Your son is a teenager and has been writing badly about you in a social media forum (such as Facebook) for quite a while. He has been using foul language and misrepresenting how you treat him.Anger is coming from your 13 year old that you are having a hard time understanding. You wonder why he hates you and feel very hurt by the words he is writing.

Read more at: http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/what-do-when-your-teen-child-hates-you

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How to Help Your Boyfriend Through a Rough Time With His Grandmother Dying

Published at Global Post on 7/14/13

If your boyfriend’s grandmother is dying, he may be struggling to accept it. Having identified that your boyfriend is having a hard time is an important step. Each of us experience anticipatory grief in our own ways and knowing how a loved one is hurting can be as difficult as knowing what to do to help him. Help your boyfriend through this difficult time by focusing on a few simple themes in your interactions.

Read more at http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/boyfriend-through-rough-time-his-grandmother-dying-16460.html

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Who Should Go to a Priest’s Funeral?

Published in Opposing Views on 7/12/13

The funeral for a deceased priest is both a regular funeral of a Christian who has died and an event of significance within a community of faith. The priest’s former role in the community will encourage particular people to be in attendance at the funeral, while attendance remains open for anyone who desires to pay final respects.

Read more at http://people.opposingviews.com/should-priests-funeral-9296.html

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How to Know if Relationship Counseling Is Worth It

Published on Global Post on 6/28/13

Knowing whether relationship counseling is worth it is a highly personal decision and may vary depending on the stage of your relationship and what you are facing. There is a difference between investing in a relationship during pre-marital counseling and going to see a counselor when you have already decided to get a divorce. Despite these differences, there are common areas to consider when deciding whether to enter into counseling with your significant other.

Read more at http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/relationship-counseling-worth-15348.html

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How to Handle My Boyfriend’s Deployment

published at Global Post on 6/23/13

Deployment is tough on any family and relationship. The challenges are amplified for someone who is “just” a girlfriend as the military does not provide the same treatment of a girlfriend as they would a wife. While there will be challenges, you will be able to find ways that will enable you to get through these times that are a part of your boyfriend’s career choice.

Read more at http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/handle-boyfriends-deployment-15039.html

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The Vocation of Fatherhood

Appeared in GoodTherapy.org 6/15/13

Around Mother’s Day, you will hear people speaking of the vocation of motherhood. People will speak of how important the work and calling of motherhood can be. Around Father’s Day, you will hear people speaking of…

Well, Father’s Day is given a lot less emphasis in American society. While influence and relationship are important, what is missed in the discussion is that fathers can be much more involved in the raising of children

Read more at http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/vocation-of-fatherhood-0615134

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What to Do When Your Teen Child Hates You

Published on Choose Help on 6/13

Imagine the following situation:

Your son is a teenager and has been writing badly about you in a social media forum (such as Facebook) for quite a while. He has been using foul language and misrepresenting how you treat him. Anger is coming from your 13 year old that you are having a hard time understanding. You wonder why he hates you and feel very hurt by the words he is writing.

Why Is This Happening?

For a moment let’s take you out of the middle of what is going on. Parenting is dynamic.

Certainly things are different from the time your child is born….

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