Deciding it’s time to speak with a professional counselor can be difficult. You’ve realized you need help, but who do you call? Do you talk to friends and family about a referral, or do you keep your therapy discreet? Do you simply pick a name out of the phone book? Or ask a […]
Sometimes we need to talk to our spouse about problems. We all recognize the dreaded phrase. . . “We need to talk.” If your discussions seem to become a growing snowball of defensiveness, anger, insults, and tears, then keep reading for tips on how to successfully problem-solve in your couple conversations. Unfortunately, many conversations follow […]
Reading to your babies is important. You are teaching communication skills, showing proper enunciation, and simply having cuddly bonding time. When babies are too little for cardboard books or paperback books, give these Indestructibles a try. These are cool baby books! A few months ago I saw an Indestructibles book at a friend’s house. Since […]
My 2yr old has always loved books. Even before he could walk, he’d crawl over to his bookcase and look at the picture books. (Luckily, he inherited tons of picture books from older cousins.) Now that Simon is talking, he wants to “read” to us. He has a great memory, so he learns a […]
Can one person change the world? History would say yes, sometimes. Nickelback’s “If Everyone Cared” music video is inspirational that way: So, here’s my big idea: For years, my husband and I have recognized how harsh people can be over online comment boards, Twitter, and Facebook. People write things online they would never say […]
The more I help couples navigate through their problems in marriage counseling, the more one thing stands out. Motivation. This trait usually determines how successful the couple will be at solving their problems and finding joy again in their relationship. If both spouses are willing to work, couples counseling is usually successful. Unfortunately, many couples don’t […]
Awww, Spring cleaning. I have to admit I always look forward to this time of year. Once the weather warms up I can refresh my garden, pull out any weeds it was “too cold” to yank before, and replant all the brightly colored annual flowers in the garden. I love getting my hands dirty […]
Dear hubbies and boyfriends out there, here are some ways to surprise her and show you care. Remember your girl is a unique person. It will require some creativity to make these tips fit your love. Think about her. . . What are her interests? Her dreams? Her favorites? What does she always […]
Life is busy. Stress happens. Do you deal with stress in a healthy way? Think about the last couple times you felt overwhelming stress. . . how did you cope? Eat? Exercise? Throw something at the wall? Vent to the dog? When I teach clients stress management skills, the first technique is always “Deep […]
I love the way that loving husbands look at their wives. That encompassed attentive gaze, with a glow on their cheeks and a gentle smile.You can see he cares for her because he’s involved and paying attention. Whenever I see a couple look at each other this way, it makes me smile. I am happy that they are […]
Hello! I'm Nicci
I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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