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Parenthood can’t help but displace your relationship as the most important thing in your life, and you’ll most likely have to work harder in your relationship to keep things as good as they were before you had children.

Marriage Coach: 6 Reasons to Clean Your Empty Nest

August 4, 2016 by

If you’re seeking a new project now that you have an empty nest, look no further than your nest itself.

Cleaning, organizing, and going through all of your belongings is no easy feat. And it’s a great project for you and your spouse to tackle for a few different reasons.

Now you ...

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Relationship Advice: Celebrate Mother’s Day Together

April 29, 2015 by

Whether this is your first Mother’s Day or you have decades of celebrations behind you, this occasion can be an important way to let your partner know you appreciate her.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find the right way to express your feelings. Here are a few tips and ideas for ...

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Portland Parenting Counseling: Before Deciding to Have a Baby

March 4, 2015 by

When it comes to deciding to have a baby, I see couples undergoing all stages of the process. Sometimes, both are completely confident and excited about getting pregnant, while other times, one is more reluctant or nervous than the other. Regardless of where you and your spouse fall on this spectrum, there ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Ideas for Family Date Night

December 30, 2014 by

You’re probably familiar with the idea of a date night—a romantic night when you and your spouse hire a babysitter and hit the town, just the two of you, for some much-needed alone time. It’s the perfect opportunity to reacquaint, catch up, and relax. Fewer people, however, are probably familiar with the ...

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How to Be a Good Parent In-Law

February 19, 2014 by

Couples frequently view their in-laws as a source of strain. I’ve also talked to parents who are stressed out and unsure how to be good in-laws to their child’s spouse. First and foremost, remember that your role as a parent-in-law is to support the success of your child’s marriage. Every action ...

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Portland Marriage Counseling: Pregnancy Changes Dads, Too

August 8, 2013 by

It’s not unusual for couples to consider Portland marriage counseling during pregnancy. After all, the mommy-to-be is going through all kinds of hormonal changes, and sometimes it can be difficult for men to understand. Likewise, those women don’t always comprehend how men can just be the same with this huge life-change looming. ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Parental Rivalry

October 2, 2012 by

I see lots of parents struggling with their relationship as a Portland marriage counselor. Most of my clients are trying to figure out how to make time for their relationship now that they have kids. Or they’re navigating the sometimes tricky waters of bringing up children when they don’t see eye-to-eye on ...

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