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How to Fix your Husband

Anne guessed her husband must have lost track of time again and texted him, “Where are you? Dinner is on its way and I ordered your favorite, so get here ASAP to enjoy!” She tried not to sound overly demanding in texts, and frequently peppered her demands with compliments, ‘please,’ and smiling emoticons.  The house …

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She’s Angry… Watch out!

I was angry at my husband. REALLY angry. For no particular reason, either. There had been no fight. No unkind words. In fact, he’d been texting and Face-Timing me on a daily basis during the week we’d been apart. I was in Northern Wisconsin for two weeks while my son visited a nearby university. So much …

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Don’t Let the SIZZLE Fizzle!

Joyce Joyce was solid and reliable. She had been the cashier at Register 5 for more than a decade. Today, a woman in her 20s was purchasing a small, heart-shaped birthday cake, a bottle of champagne, raw oysters, and condoms. Joyce fought to keep her eyebrows from arching high in response to the young woman’s low-cut …

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A little “husband-bashing” can’t hurt, right?

Anne read the words of Dare #7 and felt convicted. “Oh crap. I mean, darn. I mean shucks. I mean bummer.” Dare #7 opened with a vignette of married friends talking about their husbands, and the conversation was not flattering. She thought how the example given was a pretty accurate portrayal of the conversations she’d …

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Angry or Recovering?

The past few weeks we’ve been tackling codependency, especially the destructive impact it has on marriages. Today we conclude the series by comparing the codependent who chooses to ignore her negative patterns, with one who is living in recovery. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have experienced some eye-opening moments… …

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If Only He’d Do What I Ask!

Last week we started exploring codependency, a pattern of relating that negatively affects many marriages. Quite a few times I’ve been asked, How does codependency start? The roots of codependency are established in childhood in response to a dysfunctional family setting with chaos, trauma, abuse, neglect and/or mistreatment. The child may experience shaming, judgements, blaming, …

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