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  • 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.

  • A short course in understanding what mental health professionals do May 19, 2014 1:25 PM
    Sometimes you can almost have too much of a good thing. That seems to be the case when it comes to mental health professionals.

  • Constructively expressing emotions good for your mental, physical health May 8, 2014 11:09 AM
    Our Ken Potts says constructively expressing your emotions can be good for both your mental and physical health. Here are some tips.

  • Professional helpers must maintain relationship boundaries May 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    When headlines reveal an authority figure in an inappropriate relationship, we label it "abuse" and think of the other person as "the victim," our Ken Potts says. But we may ask ourselves why the victim didn't just say no to the advances. To understand, he says, we first have to appreciate the connections between self-worth and assertiveness.

  • Think again before you write off today’s young people Apr 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    Teens and youths are coping with a lot these days, our Ken Potts says. Try to notice when they're handling things well and be sure to let them know they're doing a good job, he suggests.

  • Marriages must change as partners grow Apr 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    "Even in the best of marriages, it seems, our relationships after four years will be different than they were when we started out, and different still after nine years, 15 years and so on," our Ken Potts says. "Though there are certainly some constants as our partnerships evolve, we are, in fact, continually renewing and rewriting our marriage vows, often in surprising and profound ways."

  • If we don’t know where we’re going, we can’t get theree Apr 3, 2014 1:04 PM
    Some of us avoid setting goals for ourselves, either consciously on subconsciously, our Ken Potts says. But to we can't know how to get where we're going in life unless whe know where we want to end up. For those who feel a little lost, he suggests writing a draft of your obiturary.

  • With or without money, we can still make a difference Mar 27, 2014 11:23 AM
    When the lottery jackpots get ridiculously high, it's fun to play "what if." What if I won? If the money was enough that your bills were paid, your needs were met and your family were taken care of, would you continue working? You might not stay at your current job, our Ken Potts says, but most of us would find a way to feel like we were making a difference in the world.

  • Sometimes you need a friend, sometimes you need a therapist Mar 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Good friendships are balanced, give-and-take relationships, and that makes them very different from a relationship with a professional therapist, our Ken Potts says. "Therapists are not friends. Nor are friends therapists. That’s OK," he says. "There will probably be times in our lives when we need both."

  • Love and marriage more complicated than they look Mar 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Our Ken Potts say love and marriage can be more complicated than it seems. Here's why...

  • For some kids, self-defense can become offensive Mar 6, 2014 10:17 AM
    Our Ken Potts says self-defense training for young children might be taking a good thing a little too far.

  • Tips for dealing with a spouse who isn’t perfect Feb 27, 2014 12:20 PM
    If you've been married for even a little while you've probably discovered one or two things your spouse does that you'd really prefer they didn't. Some are minor, some are not. Our Ken Potts offers some advice for how to handle such challenges.

  • Mom and Dad may have split, but they still need to be partners in parenting Feb 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    In thinking about "single-parent families," our Ken Potts realizes that many are really two-parent families in which the parents are no longer together. And that, he says, produces a special set of parenting challenges. "Even in the best of marriages, working together as a parenting team is not always easy," he says. "You can imagine how much harder it is to negotiate such differences when a marriage has failed."

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