"Marriage is about resolving together problems you would not have on your own." I was recently invited as the panel “expert” on Franco-American couples and wrote down these tips. My husband and I benefit from/struggle with obvious cultural difference, but doesn't every couple experience them to some degree?
(When my husband of 17 years learned I was speaking, he had a coughing fit and demanded to see the “real” expert!)
by Viktor Frankl
This inspiring, riveting, and human book ranks among the most influential works of modern psychiatry. Over 12 million copies have been sold worldwide.
Man’s Search for Meaning begins with a deeply moving personal account of his concentration camps experiences. Frankl moves on to present “Logotherapy,” the psychoanalytical approach based on the “will to meaning” born of his personal struggles to find a reason to live despite his concentration camp imprisonment and once liberated.
In contrast with Freud (will to pleasure) and Adler (will to power), Frankl believes man’s deepest need is the search for meaning and purpose. He argues we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward.
En français : Découvrir un sens à sa vie : Avec la logothérapie
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by Dr. Gary Chapman
Are you and your spouse speaking the same language? Not Chinese and French! We’re talking “love languages.” People express and receive love in various styles. Misunderstanding and quarrels often arise when he and she speak different love languages. What are they? Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.
He says “I Love You” with flowers, but she would have really felt special if someone had vacuumed for her! He’s annoyed because she’s not pleased…. To make up she cooks him a great dinner, but he wants a “Mon Cheri.” They obviously love each other and work at their relationship, but the warm feelings get lost in love language translation.
Gary Chapman—a marriage counsellor for over 30 years—identifies the five basic languages of love and guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique love languages and those of their mates. …So he learns how to vacuum and she stocks up on chocolate covered cherries!
A very worthwhile read.
et en français, Les langages de l'amour
by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN
The kids do the wrong thing (AGAIN) and it drives mom and dad CRAZY...and then guilty for getting angry. Turansky and Miller help parents view anger as a positive tool: to identify what triggers a child's specific problem area (ex. annoying behavior, lying, not following instructions, and bad attitudes). They outline practical routines to help kids improve in these areas...and thus to thrive in their relationships. Their insights are refreshing: Phew! There is a way out of this emotional mire.
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by Stephen Covey
A personal-development guru, best-selling author, and father of nine, Covey presents a holistic, integrated principle-centered approach for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity. Covey”s pointed anecdotes demonstrate how these principles give us the security to adapt to personal and professional challenges and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
The first habits relate to our image of who we are, our purpose and priorities. The next three cover our view of others and the way we relate to them. The seventh habit is to keep in the habit of self-review. The over 15 million copies sold are read and re-read.
|En Français : Les 7 habitudes de ceux qui réalisent tout ce qu'ils entreprennent |
By Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN
Turansky & Miller aim way beyond behavior modification (like this morning's bribe to get the clothes on) to heart change (when the kids want to obey). It's encouraging to read, try and benefit from their easy-to-follow steps that turn correction times into learning experiences, equip our children to accept responsibility for their mistakes, and maintain tremendous relationship with our children as they test limits and grow.
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by Hammond's Candies
Hand twirled, authentic, all-natural, cheery (and cherry), full-flavored, delicious, sturdy...yet fragile, weighty (2 oz.), attractive, stimulating desire.... Just the words that describe your spouse too! Say it sweetly...and "bon appetit"!
Making Children Mind without Losing Yours
by Dr. Kevin Leman
Finding the right consequence for a parenting situation is an art form. Kevin Leman—an internationally known psychologist, author, father of five...and funny—teaches the basic principles of reality discipline (i.e. let life's normal consequences train children in wide-decision making) and provides suggestions for common challenges, like meal times, fighting times, lazy times...why, every day!
Raising Financially Fit Kids
by Joline Godfrey
Godfrey's mission is ours...and she states it beautifully: “To launch great kids—independent, balanced, able to exercise good judgement, practice responsible habits, and live independent lives as contributing members of both family and community.” Godfrey coaches parents of children 5-18 in financial fitness training through 10 money skills (habitual savings, smart money management, and decision-making...) She uses age appropriate tips and shares an amazing set of outside resources.
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