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Adolescent suicide

Dr. Paul
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In the last year, it seems like our community has experienced more than its share of adolescent suicide. Each death tears at us, and brings fear to our hearts. We worry about each and every one of our children. Read more about Adolescent suicide

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Marriage basics 101: In-laws

Dr. Paul
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Recall the big four sources of conflict in marriage: Children, sex, money, and in-laws. Today’s blog is on resolving issues related to your relations.

I was very fortunate. I had great in-laws. They liked me immediately, respected me and felt that their daughter was fortunate to find me. I liked them too. They were generous, kind and easy to get along with. Over 30 years, our relationship grew close. Read more about Marriage basics 101: In-laws

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Do kids have too much to say?

Dr. Paul
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Frequently I hear parents complain—“My kids are always arguing with me about something!” “I don’t want chicken for dinner!” “I don’t want to go shopping!”, “I don’t want to go to bed!”, “PLEASE—five more minutes on my X-box!”-- The list is endless. Adults reflect back on their own childhood and can’t remember expressing their own opinions so strongly. Their chorus—“We did what our parents told us to do without any backtalk!” Why are our youngsters so argumentative? Read more about Do kids have too much to say?

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Marriage basics 101: Children

Dr. Paul
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By now you remember the big four sources of marital conflict--sex, money, in-laws, and children. Today’s blog is about kids.

My wife and I got along very well about almost everything. Everything except child rearing--not a small topic area in family life! What we agreed on: We both wanted children. We both wanted them to become honest, hard working, caring adults. We both wanted them to have many different experiences; and most importantly, we both loved kids! Read more about Marriage basics 101: Children

Conflicts with adult children

Dr. Paul
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Mary was in tears--“My 30-year-old daughter, Jane, is so angry with me. She won’t even return my phone calls”.  Jane wrote her mother an angry email. In it, she detailed a wide range of offenses her mother committed over many years. I read the email and could see that Jane was deeply angry and disappointed with her mom. Read more about Conflicts with adult children

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Marriage basics 101: Sex

Dr. Paul

Remember the four big sources of marital discord? ---kids, money, in-laws, and sex. Today’s blog is all about sex!

When couples first connect, sexual energy runs high. Perhaps this is the “chemistry” part of love. Most couples enjoy their attraction and contact. If they are young, (e.g. first marriage), they have plenty of energy, few distractions (no kids yet), and lots of libido. There is plenty of wood on the fire. Read more about Marriage basics 101: Sex

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