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  • 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."

  • When opportunity knocks, think twice before answering Feb 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    When opportunity comes knocking, it's natural to get excited about "what could be," our Ken Potts says. But, he adds, opportunites often come with costs, and it's important to think about what we might be giving up if we grab our big chance.

  • Navigating the challenges of being a single parent Jan 30, 2014 10:39 AM
    As many as half of today's children will someday live in a single-parent house. Our Ken Potts offers some tips for single parents to help make it all work.

  • Tips for helping children survive their parents' broken marriage Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Divorces are hard on parents but even harder on their children. Our Ken Potts offers some tips for how to help kids pull through.

  • Quality of parents’ relationship affects kids Jan 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    The most important discoveries of the marriage-and-family branch of therapy have been about how much children are influenced by the state of their parents' marriages, our Ken Potts says. "Of course, problems are a normal part of being married," he says. "Such problems have a negative impact on our children, however, when we fail to resolve them constructively."

  • Don’t assume children think, reason like we do Jan 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    "We assume our children think like we do," our Ken Potts says, looking at how we communicate with our children. "We believe that they remember what we say, that they learn from past mistakes, that they have complex motives for what they do, that they reason things out logically. And we respond to them as though all this were true. The problem is, it’s not."

  • Tips for knowing when to get involved Jan 2, 2014 8:47 AM
    Knowing when to get involved in helping others solve their problems can be a tricky thing. Our Ken Potts suggests seven questions we should ask ourselves first.

  • What I’ll do when I win the lottery Dec 26, 2013 1:59 PM
    Our Ken Potts dreams about winning the lottery and how it would and would not change his life.

  • Parents: ‘When I was your age’ usually doesn’t work Dec 19, 2013 10:39 AM
    Our Ken Potts has five words of caution for parents: "When I was your age..." usually doesn't work on kids.

  • Let adult children know when your home is no longer their home Dec 12, 2013 11:04 AM
    At some point, our Ken Potts says, adult children need to understand that they're responsible for themselves and it's no longer their parents' job to feed them or give them a home. But children don't always get the message, leaving parents wondering how they should handle things.

  • Take steps to control the Christmas frenzy Dec 5, 2013 12:54 PM
    If it's the most wonderful time of the year, why are so many of us rushing around feeling stressed out and pressured to live up to holiday expectations?

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