Three Valentine’s Day Cures

Guest Posting by Wendy Strgar, author of Love That Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy, and founder of Good Clean Love

“The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.”  ~Albert Ellis

There are two very valuable lessons about love that could be a cure for our broken relationships and dissatisfying sex lives:  Love does not come made to order; and we must be willing to ask for what we want. These two common misunderstandings about the limits of our relationships can wreak havoc in the development and maturity of many long-term partnerships. Maybe it is the fault of reading too many romantic novels or being brought up in an Ozzie & Harritet-like culture of happily ever after, but the sad and happy truth of real and lasting loving relationships is that we don’t have control over how other people love us. This truth becomes very clear when it’s combined with the belief that other people should know what we feel (or want) from love without having to tell them – and suddenly – the brokenness of our collective love lives.

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Finding your way out of a Rut

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they unfortunately fall into a rut. Ruts can be a result of many things, but sometimes they occur when you realize you have no time to do anything for yourself, but rather you are drawn to doing things solely for your family, friends and your career. Because of this, when you are left alone, you experience negative feelings that only build up, causing you to fall into a rut and then possibly even into a mild to severe form of depression. How can you find your way out of this rut? Do you try to determine the root cause of what’s putting you into the rut and get proactive about fixing it or do nothing?

Here are some easy things you can do to find your way out of a rut:

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10 Reasons to Stay Married

Marriage is meant to be a long-term commitment between a husband and wife, and to stand by each other’s side through thick and thin, but the steady increase in divorce rates across the world is a clear indication that people are not respecting and putting forth much value to the sacred bond of matrimony.

While the reasons and indications of separation and divorce are often highlighted in much discussion across media platforms, the discussion behind the beauty of marriage and the many beautiful reasons to stay married are rarely highlighted.

Marriage is not easy, and there will be troubling and difficult times, but there are so many reasons to hold on to the life-long commitment that was made upon getting married. 

Today we discuss 10 reasons to stay married:

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Why you only communicate with your spouse 7% of the time

“That’s not what I meant!” Ever said that to your wife (or husband) before? Like, have you said that twice today? Even the best intentioned of words sometimes come out sideways in a sentence. Or on Monday’s, they come out in Greek.

Withstanding the test of time for marriages around the world is the phrase: “You are not listening to me!” Which prompts you to think to yourself, “I heard every word that just came out of your mouth AND I can repeat it back to you”. Yet the communication still isn’t in the same zip code of what either person intended.

How can loving family members not hear, or say, what is actually going on behind their ears or mouths?

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YES! It’s OK to say NO. How to prevent Over-commitment

Are you stressed? Is your schedule jam-packed? With today’s busy schedules, more than likely you’re not alone.

One way to deal with a hectic schedule is learning to say “no” to new commitments. Oftentimes we fear that saying “no” will lead to consequences and for some, that is the case, but for others they avoid saying it to deal with guilt, conflict and that notion of “we can do it all”. It’s important to say “no” to accepting new commitments and can be one of the best things to do for yourself and your family. Learning to say “no” can reduce stress and help you realize what you should be focusing on and what’s important to you.

Are you ready to stop feeling overwhelmed and over-committed? Oftentimes we try to be superman and try to commit to as many functions as we can. We want to make people happy, and it’s in our nature to. 

Today we discuss 5 ways to stop being over-committed and overwhelmed.

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5 Ways to Get Outside and Reconnect to Nature

This fall Nature Valley promoted National Rediscover Nature Day and had the hashtag:#RediscoverNature all over social media. As part of the promo, the granola bar company made a YouTube video encouraging human beings to get outside. The promotion grabs you when it leads with the question: “When you were a kid what did you do for fun?”

The question was asked to three generations of people, each giving their honest responses. If you are thinking “I don’t have time for a granola commercial to brainwash me into taking a processed sugar bar into the woods” – that’s not what this is about.

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When to See a Marriage Counselor

There is no doubt that when you got married, you assumed that you had achieved your fairy-tale and that you and your spouse would live happily ever after. The common misconception is that this so-called fairy-tale doesn’t exist and that marriage takes a lot of work. More work than you could ever have expected

More often than not, you go into a relationship lacking the necessary tools to deal with and manage any challenges you and your spouse may encounter. There comes a point in the relationship when it becomes necessary to speak with a counselor in order to learn new ways of relating to your partner on many different levels.

When do you know it’s time to consider marriage counseling? Here are some red flags and behaviors that are clear indicators that your marriage needs help.

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5 Ways to Explain Vegetarianism to Kids

The decision to raise vegetarian kids is one parents generally make for a variety of reasons. In addition to animal rights, environmental concerns and ethical issues, there are also a myriad of personal and hard-to-articulate reasons parents decide to raise their kids vegetarian.

No matter your motivation, it’s important to give kids a full explanation of the issue — in as unbiased and compassionate way possible. Everyone is entitled to their own choices, and you need to make sure you’re explaining vegetarianism to your kids in a way that’s respectful of others!

When explaining ideas to kids, it’s sometimes easier to show them rather than tell them. Here are 5 interactive ways to explain vegetarianism to your kids.

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3 Easy Home Remedies – Save Time and Your Sanity!

When it comes to the sniffles or the common cold, you may not necessarily have to immediately start making appointments. Look no further than your kitchen to get your family back on their feet without the worry and stress! This way you can also avoid over-the-counter medicines that children have been known to have negative reactions to. Use these 3 simple remedies at home while saving yourself the hassle of appointment scheduling, drive time, time off work and school, and let’s not forget the stress!

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10 Tips for Making Friends as an Adult

What once came second nature as a child, is now one of the hardest things to do as an adult. No longer in need of a friend at the lunch table, we now need friends capable of much bigger duties: holding our child’s hand when we can’t, lending an ear while weighing a difficult decision, or providing a shoulder during a tragic event. Making friends amidst life’s crazy adventures has many adults trying to figure out exactly how to bypass the initial awkwardness to ultimately find that close circle of friends, but as we will soon explain, you should try to embrace it fully and throw yourself out there.

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Women’s Health in the New Year

Every year, statistics show that women’s New Year’s resolutions include living healthier lifestyles. We’re not surprised as there are many positive attributes to living a healthy lifestyle. In fact, it has been suggested that healthier living also reduces your risk of breast cancer. We know that this is very important, especially since the American Cancer Society estimated that there were more than 231,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed amongst women in the United States during 2015.

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How To Avoid New Baby Burn Out

How To Avoid New Baby Burn Out

Every new mother is going to have moments when she feels overwhelmed, exhausted, and like she just doesn’t know what she is doing. Just know that you are not alone, everyone goes through it, and it is OK. Unfortunately parenting is one of those things that you can never be completely prepared for, no matter how many books you read, and you just have to learn along the way and accept that you will never be perfect. Here are a couple of steps to take to ensure that you don’t burn out. However, you should also familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression to ensure that you understand what you are experiencing and know whether or not you need more help.

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Gifts for Active Children

An active kid is a healthy kid! Whether your kid is on the move everyday already or you want to get her moving, a gift to encourage physical activity will be good for the whole family. An active kid will have active parents. We’ve picked some great products to get your kid off the couch and outside exploring the world around her. With these gifts for active kids, you can have fun and get healthy together as a family. Skip the mindless video games this holiday season and give one of these gifts that will be a whole lot more fun and have a greater benefit on your child’s overall well being.

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Great Gifts for Athletes

It is no secret that we are excited about fitness and athletics here at Daily Mom. We’ve all been benefiting from our Get Fit Initiative and we hope you have as well. With that passion in mind, this gift guide is packed full of the best gifts for athletes. Whether you have a seasoned, hard core athlete in your life or a mom who just joined the YMCA to start getting in shape, these gift ideas are perfect. In fact, a gift to help with fitness is really timely at the holidays with so many people making it their New Year’s resolution to get in shape!

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Quick & Easy: Copy-cat “Larabar”

Whether you’ve been on the healthy path for a long time, or you’re just starting to eat healthier, you’re sure to love this recipe, because, who doesn’t love a good, healthy snack? Here’s a yummy recipe that is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free… and best of all, it’s delicious!

Inspiration for this creation came in the form of a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar. They’re delicious, but at about $1 per bar, they can get expensive. With a little bit of experimentation, we found the perfect combination of ingredients that is even tastier than this popular flavor!  

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