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  • Weekends are the time to go at a more leisurely pace Jun 6, 2013 11:33 AM
    Our Ken Potts says it's important to carve out a little time for ourselves over the weekend -- time when we can set aside our to-do lists and simply recharge our batteries.

  • Honesty about emotions can head off conflict at home May 16, 2013 11:32 AM
    Within a minute or two of when your wife, child, parent or husband gets home, you know exactly what type of day they've had, our Ken Potts says. All of us live in a variety of worlds — work, school, a team, church, home, etc. — each with its own stresses, strains, disappointments and satisfactions. That's life. That can also be trouble for our relationships, Potts says.

  • We all have basic needs that must be met to fuel our growth May 9, 2013 10:42 AM
    We all have needs. That's obvious. Sometimes what we need isn't so obvious. Take kids. Certainly they need food, clothing, shelter, protection. But there are a whole host of other needs, emotional or psychological needs, which are less easy to recognize.

  • Unique children require unique approaches to parenting May 2, 2013 10:37 AM
    Whether nature or nurture - or a combination of both - children quickly develop their own unique personalities. And often, our Ken Potts says, one style of parenting will not work as we try to guide each of our children.

  • Gender stereotypes are always changing Apr 25, 2013 10:15 AM
    Our Ken Potts finds himself thinking "typical male" thoughts while watching a personal story about an Olympic athlete. Whether it's a product of heredity, environment or choice, gender stereotypes tend to have some truth, Potts says, but we can learn from each other.

  • Rebuilding trust in marriage takes hard work Apr 18, 2013 10:57 AM
    Loss of trust in a relationship - whether stemming from a real or imagined incident - can be devastating to a marriage, our Ken Potts says. But that trust can be rebuilt and the relationship repaired if both spouses will commit to working hard.

  • Potts: Trust in marriage must be complete Apr 11, 2013 10:49 AM
    Trust is complicated, our Ken Potts says. Our degree of trust determines the level of intimacy in our relationships. In the first of a two-part series, Potts looks at the role of trust in marriage.

  • Parents learn from their parents’ mistakes, successes Apr 7, 2013 6:00 AM
    Our Ken Potts remembers the feeling when his dad told him he had to give up his favorite stuffed animal. So how did he handle it when his own son had a similar attachment to some homegrown vegetables?

  • A dad’s thoughts on his daughter’s 21st birthday Mar 24, 2013 6:00 AM
    Ken Potts' daughter is about to turn 21 and it's got him thinking about just what that milestone really means.

  • Two-career families work because parents find balance Mar 7, 2013 11:50 AM
    Two-career families have an extra layer of complexity to master in their day-to-day lives, but many work just as well as any of the other family models out there, our Ken Potts says, and he cites research that has found 10 common characteristices of healthy families in which both parents work outside the home.

  • Sometimes you’ve tried enough to quit Mar 3, 2013 6:00 AM
    Whether it’s learning a new skill, a job, a marriage, or our “great ambition,” our Ken Potts says there comes a time in each of our lives when we’ve got to question the sanity of continuing to try. In the midst of such re-evaluating, however, we often are at a loss as to exactly how to make such a decision.

  • Keeping someone’s trust harder than it looks Feb 21, 2013 10:27 AM
    Our Ken Potts says that putting our trust in someone else is always risky, but accepting that trust from someone else is even harder.

  • Good timing, communication prevent misunderstandings Feb 17, 2013 6:00 AM
    You need to talk. Your partner needs to sleep or work or pick up the kids. The talk could be a disaster, our Ken Potts warns, unless you signal that the talk is important and you both agree to talk when neither of you is distracted.

  • Marriages should transform over time Feb 11, 2013 8:41 AM
    Our Ken Potts says healthy marriages are like the old Transformers toys. The basic building blocks of a marriage remain the same over a lifetime, he says, but they can be rearranged in our marriages in all sorts of new and exciting ways.

  • Take action to get out of the doldrums Jan 31, 2013 11:13 AM
    Certainly, we can wait for our depression or anxiety to subside of their own accord. They usually do, our Ken Potts says. It is possible, however, to feel less depressed or less anxious almost immediately if we are willing to use either of two simple remedies, he explains.

  • Bad times can make a marriage stronger Jan 27, 2013 6:00 AM
    It's easy for marriages to survive the good times, our Ken Potts says, but much more difficult when the going gets rough. That's the time, he says, when we need to pull closer together.

  • Watch your tone if you want to be heard Jan 19, 2013 11:12 AM
    In any conversation, there are the words we use and then there's the meaning we put behind the words. Our Ken Potts suggests that if we want to communicate effectively, we need to watch our tone.

  • Finding balance between close and too close Jan 12, 2013 1:43 PM
    Our Ken Potts says one of the toughest balancing acts in a relationship is that between closeness and distance. Obviously, to have any kind of relationship at all we have to have enough closeness. But how much is enough? When does it become smothering? When does it start to rob us of our ability to be alone? When do we start to take the other person for granted, if not actually resent their presence?

  • Parents must help their children set limits Jan 4, 2013 8:10 AM
    Our Ken Potts says helping our children set limits is one of the biggest, and most important, challenges of parenthood.

  • Finding the right balance in our kids’ self-esteem Dec 28, 2012 8:13 AM
    Building self-esteem is an important aspect of parenting, our Ken Potts says. But recent research indicates we've got to be careful not to go overboard. Here are some tips.

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