The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning (Part 2): Dealing with Frustration Continued

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Before you read this, I hope you'll take a moment to read Part 1 in this series. The challenge of sexual frustration in NFP is a serious problem that deserves serious answers. Take a moment to read my original post that lays the groundwork for what follows.  I'll wait.Read it?  Great.   Let's continue.Oh, in that last piece I said I'd deal with medical concerns and extended fertility etc in Part II.  I see now that's going to have to be Part III.  That's written already, but I'll post it … [Read more...]

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning–PART 1.

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Apparently all the 4th of July fireworks got a lot of couples thinking about the fireworks that weren't happening in their bedrooms.  It's usually difficult to ever find anyone writing anything about Natural Family Planning.  This week brings two different posts on the challenges of using NFP.  America Magazine has an article about the struggles various couples have with the method due to everything from medical complications to failure of the method to struggles with periodic abstinence and the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on Marriage, “Marital Wounds Hurt Children.”

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Pope Francis made some powerful observations about the importance of working to create strong marriages."Dear Brothers and Sisters: We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another. Through our words, actions, or omissions, instead of expressing love for our spouse or children, we can sometimes diminish or demean that love. Hiding these hurts only deepens such wounds, leading to anger and friction between loved ones. If these wounds are … [Read more...]

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5 Secrets of Lifelong, Joyful Marriage–Revealed!

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My book, The Exceptional Seven Percent: Nine Secrets of the World's Happiest Couples looks at the habits uncommonly happy couples practice to keep their marriages going strong and growing stronger day by day.  In a new study, gerontologist, Karl Pillemer,  has taken a similar approach, asking long-time happily married couples what makes their relationships work well.  His research uncovered common advice for couples walking down the aisle or decades into marriage. To capture the voice of lived ex … [Read more...]

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Men & Porn: New Study Finds 4 Reason Porn isn’t “Normal” For Guys

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Pornography is a huge industry.  In fact, it is difficult to wrap one's head around how big a business pornography is.  According to the Science of Relationships Blog, pornography use generates 13 billion dollars a year, "which is more annual revenue than Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, eBay and Netflix produce combined."Although we do know that pornography has negative effects on people, little is known about the specific problems associated with the use of pornography.  A new st … [Read more...]

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Something Borrowed, Something BLUE. What’s Behind, “Sad Bride Syndrome”?

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Not all brides are blissful after the wedding day.  Recent reports indicate a startling rise in post-wedding depression among some brides.  Although the old rhyme says "something borrowed, something blue" it's hard to imagine that's what the verse is referencing. According to The Science of Relationship Blog  a new study suggests that are three factors that potentially set new brides up to be "blue brides." Difference 1: It’s all about me. Blue brides, compared to happy brides, were far more l … [Read more...]

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Escaping the Blame Game: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

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When things go wrong, we love having someone to blame.  It's a seductive game that makes us think that blaming others will give us control, but in reality, as long as we play the blame game--whether serving or being served--we have no power to change anything.  We may manage to convince ourselves that nothing is our fault, but it also means that we won't be able to do anything to respond to our problems because taking action would be akin to taking back the blame."Who?  Me?"Blame is an ea … [Read more...]

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Your Cheatin’ Heart: This Risk Factor Doubles Chance of Infidelity

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From The Science of Relationships In a recent study of about 300 college students, researchers wanted to find out if individuals are more or less likely to cheat as a function of whether their parents ever knocked boots with someone that wasn’t ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ (while married to mom or dad). Students were asked whether or not they had ever cheated on a romantic partner (30% said yes) as well as whether their mom or dad had ever cheated on their other parent (33% said yes, with dads slightly more l … [Read more...]

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