We tend to think that the major personal and catastrophic situations in our lives cause the most stress. However, chronic background hassles can cause almost as much everyday stress, if not more—especially during the busy holiday season. See which of life's 15 most common hassles are getting to you.
I work for a business that represents some former friends. They have a nine-year-old daughter who was a BFF with our nine-year-old daughter. Over the summer, the friends offered to care for our daughter one day a week while I was at work. It all started out almost too well, with tons of energy and generosity.
Sexual predators are not often strangers. They are people known to the child and family and they have often groomed parents and children to trust them. How do we protect our children from the deceivers that are next door and in the school or church? How do we know who can be trusted?
Darren was furious. Claudia too couldn't understand why her new husband Darren's family hadn't invited them to their recent dinner party. Worse, her in-laws had tried to keep the party a secret from them. Darren was so upset, he couldn't stop talking about it. It would ruin his Christmas. How could they get even?
Why not read a magnificent novel about ordinary people in Japan, 1984, who suddenly enter a parallel universe where there are two moons, Little People with enormous powers, and magical encounters? A love story, and a horror story.
Emotional IQ is to marriage what athletic talent is to sports. Talent helps. But talent alone does not lead to great performance as a husband or wife any more than it does as an athlete. You also need to develop strong marriage communication and conflict resolution skills.