Category: communication

Don’t Be a Nag! Healthy Communication is Key to a Happy Marriage- From My Husband’s Perspective 

I asked my husband to dispense some wisdom from the male perspective regarding advice he’d give to other stepfamily couples. His first statement was, “don’t be a nag!” According to http://dictionary.com, nag is defined: to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands. Dr. Markman said, “nagging is the enemy of love, if allowed to persist.” ...

Is This Mic On? How to Communicate Effectively with Your Partner

Open, healthy communication is a part of every relationship. According to Coach Corey Wayne, "Women solve their problems and work through them by talking about them. Women resolve things by talking and sharing their emotions and feelings. Men tend to retreat to their man-cave to contemplate solutions in private." This in itself can cause conflict when trying to ...

Valuable Lessons to Teach Your Children

Our children look to us to be role models and leaders. It’s important to lead by example and take the high road when serving as models for our children. There are endless lessons we can teach them as they make their way through life, but here are some important ones. 1. “When They Go Low, ...

Stepmom Support Group Survey

I'm looking to gain feedback on the support you would benefit from as a stepmom. I would appreciate you taking the time to complete this quick 5 question anonymous survey. Thanks. SURVEY-The Supporting My Fellow Stepmoms Stepmom

Shift Your Communication Just a T.A.D.

One of the most valuable traits in marriage is effective communication. The tricky part comes into play when a man and a woman are communicating. Men and women have different styles of communication. Men view communication as a way of problem solving because they are fixers. Women view communication as a way to express feelings, ...

Stepmom Support in Dealing with Emotionally Abusive People 

In the stepmom role you may encounter an increase in dealing with emotionally abusive people. Researching these types of people will help you step back and see these people for who they truly are, without getting emotionally sucked into their vortex. Seeing the cycle of abuse is helpful in keeping a healthy distance from it. ...

My Stepmom New Year’s Resolution 

I have a few personal resolutions, but my stepmom resolution came to me at the most unexpected moment. Frustrated and annoyed with my husband, I actually said to him, "If you would just do it my way, then there wouldn't be an issue." And I'd like to say I was just joking, but I wasn't. ...

A Must Read!

If you deal with a high-conflict ex, then you need to get this book! This book helps arm you with the tools you need to set boundaries and maintain your sanity. It helps you to find ways to insulate your marriage from the toxicity of a high-conflict person. It also validates that you are not alone ...

BIFF Technique 

High-Conflict People are never easy to deal with. In order to keep communication short, factual, and non-emotional, I discovered the BIFF technique. The BIFF technique includes: Brief- keep your communications short Informative- stay focused on the statements you want to make Friendly (yeah, I cringe at that one too)- this doesn't mean tolerating abuse, it just ...

Men Aren’t Mind Readers

Some women believe men automatically know what they want, why they are upset, or what they are hinting. A lot of women expect their men to be like one of their girlfriends, understanding their facial expressions, hints, and interpreting their feelings. Understand that men and women are incredibly different. Men and women communicate and interpret ...

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