In this episode, Dr. Julie Hanks coaches Marie and addresses the question, “How Do I Not Become My Mother?” Some parents worry that interactions and patterns they experienced from their parents will transfer to their own children. It can also be difficult for parents to set boundaries with grandparents regarding what is and is not appropriate to say or do …
In this episode, Dr. Julie Hanks coaches Tori and addresses the question, “How to deal with divorced parents?” Divorce changes the family dynamic and can put strain on family relationships, particularly when the divorced parents do not want to engage with each other. Evan as adult children, having to hold separate birthday parties, holidays, and other family events can be …
I was thrilled to speak with Rosemary Card about motherhood, marriage, and cultural expectations of women within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Going off of my TEDxOgden Talk “The Costs of Idealizing Motherhood,” we discussed some of the nuances of what it looks like to be a woman in the Church.
I recently sat down with Kattie and Allan of the “Marriage On a Tightrope” podcast to discuss ways to tell your family or loved ones when you or your spouse have experienced a shift or transition in your faith. This can be a very sensitive and painful subject for families, so it’s important to broach it in a way that shows respect.
New romantic relationships can be exhilarating and joyful, especially as things progress emotionally. You may even be thinking those three little words, but how do you know when you should say them to your partner? Here are some signs that it is a good time to say “I love you:”
Developing a close and healthy relationship with a romantic partner inevitably means that at times, both individuals will take missteps. While it’s normal to make mistakes, the way we respond to our own actions and words can either strengthen or detract from the relationship. When you find that you’ve said or done something wrong, here are some strategies to offer a sincere and meaningful apology:
Marriage is a wonderful change, but it certainly brings some challenges, not just for the couple involved, but also for the in-law relationship dynamic. Here are my top 3 tips for daughter-in-laws and mother-in-laws:
One of the biggest problems in marriage is poor communication. There’s so much emotional history and baggage, and both people have thoughts, feelings, and need that can cloud the situation, so it’s easy to miss each other. It’s important to understand three distinct communication styles and how they can hinder or help our ability to connect with each other.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with my friends at “Good Things Utah” and answer some viewer questions that dealt with balancing a woman’s marriage with her motherhood responsibilities. Here are some questions (and my responses to them):
If you have any kind of close relationship, you’ve almost certainly experienced needing to have a tough conversation. Maybe it’s about children, in-laws, unmet expectations, but when concerns arise (and they do), you need to talk about it. But when emotions are high and there’s a lot at stake, things can quickly get derailed. Inspired by my research, personal experiences, and my years as a clinician, I’ve developed an acronym that can be used as a tool to navigate these difficult discussions. It’s called “OSCAR.”