Remaining Positive When Facing a Chronic Illness

A diagnosis of chronic illness can bring with it feelings of denial, anger and grief. But, at some point, the emotions subside and you are faced with a harsh reality—you are no longer the person you once were. Chronic illness has robbed you from your sense of identity and purpose. Do you even stand aContinue reading “Remaining Positive When Facing a Chronic Illness”

Battered…Why I Stayed

On Monday morning, TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s violent attack on his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in February. The brutal video showed Rice knocking Palmer unconscious before dragging her out of an elevator. On Monday afternoon, the Ravens got rid of Rice, and the NFL announced he had been suspendedContinue reading “Battered…Why I Stayed”

Warning Signs of Dating You Shouldn’t Ignore

I debated about the title of this post, wondering whether my wording was too blunt a prescription for choosing a partner. But when it came down to it, I couldn’t find a more accurate alternative. Here’s why. I’ve spent the last few years interviewing over 700 older people about love, relationships, and marriage. However IContinue reading “Warning Signs of Dating You Shouldn’t Ignore”

Strict Parenting vs Permissive Parenting: Finding a Middle Ground

Of all the necessary ingredients that parents add to the mixture called childrearing, rules and limits are among the most vital. Complicating this task, though, is the fact that excessive limits leads to the boiling over of resentment and defiance, but inadequate limits interfere with adaptation to rules and the willpower needed to resist unhealthyContinue reading “Strict Parenting vs Permissive Parenting: Finding a Middle Ground”

Why Can’t I Just Leave?

So many people beat themselves up over the question “Why can’t I just leave?” You want the easy answer? You aren’t ready to leave yet. You haven’t been convinced that the abuse warrants you leaving, or you lack financial resources, or you’re in business with your abuser, or the kids are too small, or theContinue reading “Why Can’t I Just Leave?”