I’m Mad at my Work Spouse (Three Minute Read)

Co-existing with your office mate can be challenging.  Minor annoyances, such as humming or whistling, can escalate when you perceive that your co-worker isn’t carrying his/her own weight.  And what if you’re angry with your business partner, your...

Your Dog’s View on Divorce (Three Minute Read)

My humans just dropped a bombshell on me.  They’re getting a divorce and my world will never be the same.  How could they make such a drastic decision without consulting me?  After all,  I am an important member of this family! They decided that I’m going...

Your Divorce is Final. Now What?

You may think it’s all over once your divorce is final, but there are a few more things you should do to get on the right path for your next chapter. It’s kind of like moving into a new place.  You have to arrange for your utilities to be transferred,...

Staying Friends With Your Ex – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I have mixed emotions about this topic. On the one hand, there are some really valid reasons why staying friends with your ex is a healthy, mature thing to do. On the other hand, it could be holding you back from moving on. Here’s a quick true-false quiz: True...

$$ Money Language $$

More often than not, couples speak different languages about money. Whether it’s due to gender, cultural differences, or paycheck inequality, divergent attitudes towards spending and saving can destroy a relationship.  In fact, according to many experts,...

Are You A 1% Conversationalist?

I have a quirk, an idiosyncrasy, an annoying personality trait.  Call it what you will, but I’m a sucker for a good conversation.  I channel my dad, who could talk with anybody about anything, and I try my best to live up to that standard.  Before I share his...

Are You Raising Your Kids Correctly? Your Mom Might Disagree.

This is a story about Ashley and her mom, Sally. This is also a story about a Millennial and a Baby Boomer. This is also a story about love. So here goes: Sally is a retired elementary school teacher who frequently helps out her daughter, Ashley, by babysitting for...

Shhhh . . . Unlock the Power of Silence

No, I’m not talking about “the silent treatment” that we’ve all used from time to time to make a point. “What’s wrong?” your partner asks, and you respond “Nothing,” which can be a truthful answer or, more likely,...

Think You’re a Good Listener? Take This Simple Quiz.

Do you maintain frequent eye contact with the speaker? Are you suspending your judgment of the person’s appearance? Are you encouraging the speaker by nodding and conveying your own understanding? Do you try to keep an eye on what else is going on in the room?...