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  • Hearing does not always mean understanding Oct 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    When we talk to the people in our life, we may think we're being perfectly clear. But our Ken Potts says the words we say may have one meaning to us yet come across very differently to our listener. The good news, Potts says, is that communication is a skill that we can master.

  • Teens may be right: Parents really can’t understand Oct 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Sure, you were a teen once and had to work your way through the trials and tribulations of becoming an adult. But, our Ken Potts says, that doesn't mean you know what your teen is facing because the world has changed since you were that age. And teens need to feel the independence of finding their own way, Potts says.

  • You can’t custom-order your spouse’s qualities Sep 25, 2014 11:13 AM
    When you're shopping for a car, you can't pick and choose the options you want. You have to pick the option package that fits you best, even if your must-have options come with a few extras you're not crazy about. Our Ken Potts suggests that selecting a spouse is remarkably similar.

  • Maybe you can take it with you Sep 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    In talking with a friend who's nearly 90, our Ken Potts looks at the achievements of that long life and the decisions his friend made that built his relationships with his wife, his children and his grandchildren. That, the friends says, is what makes a good life.

  • A healthy body can make for a healthy mind Sep 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    You can't take the phrase "you are what you eat" literally, our Ken Potts says. But we need to be aware how our habits like diet and exercise might affect our physical health and, in turn, how our physical health supports our mental health, he says.

  • Ambivalence in decision making takes us nowhere Sep 4, 2014 10:59 AM
    Our Ken Potts says decision making ambivalence may seem like the easy way out, but it takes us nowhere.

  • When it comes to parenting, a united front works best Aug 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    When it comes to successful parenting, our Ken Potts says, most moms and dads find it helps if they present a united front.

  • Don’t let go of your childlike wonder Aug 14, 2014 11:07 AM
    Our Ken Potts can't help but laugh when he looks back at photos of his daughter from a time when she resembled Curley from "The Three Stooges." Some of the humor, though, comes from recalling the eagerness and excitement she brought to exploring life every day.

  • Sometimes the slow, measured response is the right one Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    We all sometimes say and do things we wish we hadn't. Our Ken Potts says we can avoid that -- at least sometimes -- by taking a slower and more measured response.

  • Work needs to be positive part of who we are Jul 31, 2014 11:05 AM
    Our Ken Potts says finding balance in life is a key to happiness. And having a job that we enjoy is a key part of finding that balance.

  • How much influence do parents really have on their children? Jul 24, 2014 11:16 AM
    With all the influences on kids these days, our Ken Potts wonders how much impact parents really have. The answer may surprise you.

  • Winning the rat race not all it’s cracked up to be Jul 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Our Ken Potts says winning the rat race isn't all it's cracked up to be. Before you count your possessions, he says, you might want to take a minute to check out all the love around you.

  • With cooperation, everyone wins Jul 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    Some of us are wired - either through biology or culturalization - for competition, our Ken Potts says. And while the drive to win can help us succeed in some aspects of life, he says, often we realize too late that our competitiveness has driven a wedge between us and our loved ones, family and coworkers.

  • Exploring the world may mean accepting its dangers Jul 7, 2014 8:30 AM
    On a family vacation, our Ken Potts discovered his daughter had a weighty issue on her mind: the threat of terrorism. That's when he realized how much the world had changed after the attacks of Sept. 11.

  • Reasons we marry often are not reasons we stay married Jun 26, 2014 11:29 AM
    Our Ken Potts asks couples he's counseling two questions: Why did you get married? and Why are you still married? The answers to his questions usually are different and tell a lot about the stage the relationship is in. Building a lasting marriage means transitioning from that first infatuation into mature love, Potts says.

  • Truth-telling develops like other cognitive and emotional skills Jun 19, 2014 3:02 PM
    Our Ken Potts knows parents would like their children - especially their teens - to tell the truth. But honesty is a learned skill, he says, and parents need to understand that their children's understanding of the morality of lying vs. telling the truth may not develop fully until after the teen years.

  • Understand your reasons before saying ‘I do’ Jun 12, 2014 11:16 AM
    It's June and wedding season is upon us, our Ken Potts says. And while many couples are walking down the aisle this month, some may be getting married for the wrong reasons.

  • Only way to get past grief is to go through it Jun 5, 2014 12:18 PM
    Grief - regarless of its cause - is emotionally messy, our Ken Potts says. But while we may want to ignore or deny the pain it causes, the only way to truly move past grief is to deal with it and all its related emotions, he says.

  • Fear, guilt break down a couple’s communication May 29, 2014 11:06 AM
    When a couple is working through issues, our Ken Potts says that sooner or later one will ask, "Why didn't you tell me." Sometimes, the ommission stems from a simple mistake that's easy to repair. But other times, it comes from fear, guilt or a push for power that hints at larger issues, Potts says.

  • Parents, teens can learn lessons from each other May 22, 2014 11:29 AM
    You know how unpredictable teens can be? Well, our Ken Potts says studies indicate that parents of teens can be a bit unpredictable, too.

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