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New Moms Group Beginning!

Do you sometimes feel alone in motherhood? Have you tried to find a good mother support group, but nothing really seems to fit? Would you like to meet like-minded moms to connect with and learn proven, reliable parenting advice? Becoming a mother is one of the most amazing journeys we can take in life, but [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|A Healthy You, Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Moms Group Beginning!

Simple Tips for Making Time for Your Marriage

The most common complaint I hear from couples with young children is that there is no time in their busy lives for nurturing the marital relationship. Although most couples enter counseling with the hope of working on their marriage and aim to spend more time together as a couple, the truth is that good intentions often do not become a reality when children are in the picture. As a mother myself, I know firsthand how difficult this can be. Balancing motherhood with being a wife and partner to my husband can definitely be challenging at times. Add work into the mix and it can feel almost impossible. The good news is that there are simple ways you can begin carving out quality relationship time in your everyday life. Remember that nurturing your relationship doesn’t always require an expensive date night or a weekend away. A little quality […]

By | April 21st, 2015|Marriage Success Secrets, Repair Your Relationship, Strong Marriage, Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on Simple Tips for Making Time for Your Marriage

Start Getting Your Marriage Back on Track Today!

When you’re in a relationship, it’s easy to get in the habit of focusing on the negative. We all have expectations for our life and relationship and when we feel like those expectations aren’t being met we can begin to fixate on them. We may start to nag our partner, complain that they aren’t doing enough for us, criticize them for not carrying their weight around the house, and eventually end up in a cycle where our disappointments create distance and dissatisfaction in the relationship. When working with couples in my private practice, I often find that an important task in getting a relationship back on track involves creating a culture of appreciation. Too often I see well intentioned couples caught in the negativity dance. With busy lives and many “balls in the air”, spouses can get in the habit of talking only about the balls that get dropped, missed, or not taken care of well enough. As important as it is to give feedback and learn from our mistakes, it is also important to […]

By | January 10th, 2015|Marriage Success Secrets, Repair Your Relationship, Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on Start Getting Your Marriage Back on Track Today!

10 Simple Ways to Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which hopefully has you thinking about all that you are grateful for. From family and friends to a satisfying career and good health, there is always plenty in life to appreciate. Unfortunately, most of us wait until the actual day of Thanksgiving to give thanks, and with all the hustle and bustle the day can bring, it’s easy to run out of time to truly acknowledge our blessings. So why not get a jump start? Below are a few ideas to help you get in the spirit, which will boost your mood and relationships, make you feel better about your life, and make the holiday much more meaningful. 1. Make a list of all the blessings in your life. 2. Do something kind for someone in need. […]

By | November 23rd, 2014|A Healthy You, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 10 Simple Ways to Give Thanks

Repair Your Relationship: Getting Through Tough Times

Relationships can be fantastic. Knowing that you have someone to turn to, someone who cares about you, someone to snuggle up with can be an amazing feeling. In fact, research continually finds that individuals in secure, committed relationships tend to be happier, more successful, and more likely to reach personal goals. But what happens when [...]

By | June 17th, 2014|Marriage Success Secrets, Repair Your Relationship, Strong Marriage, Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on Repair Your Relationship: Getting Through Tough Times

Divorce: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Ending Your Marriage

Divorce is never easy. Let me say that one more time... Divorce is never easy. Ending a relationship with the person you’ve committed your life to, is an extremely difficult decision. You and your spouse have a life together. You’ve made memories together, built a home together, created and raised children together, supported one another [...]

By | April 29th, 2014|Communication, Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on Divorce: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Ending Your Marriage

One Week to a Happier Marriage

Is your marriage feeling a little shaky these days? All couples go through difficult periods. Stress, resentments, and disappointments can negatively affect any relationship and cause couples to begin to grow apart. In order to avoid these negative periods from truly damaging your marriage, you must learn to recognize when a slump begins and immediately start shifting the dynamics. Below are some simple behaviors you can implement that will make a big difference in your marriage. Make an effort to practice these behaviors daily for the next week and you’ll begin to feel a positive shift. 1. Praise each other at least twice per day – Identify something that you appreciate about your partner or a behavior you appreciate from the day and share it with your spouse (i.e. I appreciate your sense of humor. Thank you for unloading the dishwasher. I love how kind you are to our children. Thank you for listening to me vent tonight.) This will help shift your focus and mindset from the negative about your partner to the positive. 2. Turn off your cell phones at least 1 hour before bed – Make an effort to tune out the rest of the world and truly tune in to one another. […]

By | April 7th, 2014|Marriage Success Secrets, Repair Your Relationship, Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on One Week to a Happier Marriage

Love and Relationships

Love is essential. We all need love in our lives. Whether the love comes from friends, family, or a romantic partner, we all need to walk through life knowing that we are loved. Attachment is a key ingredient in love. Attachment is the connection or bond we have with the people we love. From a biological perspective, babies must attach to an adult in order to survive. From a psychological perspective, babies and adults must attach to an adult in order to thrive. When an adult is securely attached to another, they feel more secure and confident in the world. Securely attached adults are more likely to reach […]

By | March 21st, 2014|Dating, Finding Love, Repair Your Relationship, Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on Love and Relationships

Keep Your Love Strong Long After Valentine’s Day

  When you love someone, it’s important to show them how much you care and how much they matter to you. Flowers on Valentine’s Day or a special dinner on your anniversary are nice gestures that will of course be appreciated by your partner, but if you really want to make your love last, you must put effort into your relationship all year. Below are some tips for keeping your relationship strong. Think about these tips tomorrow on Valentine’s Day and continue to reflect on them throughout the year. 1)      Be vulnerable. Get in the habit of sharing your feelings instead of your thoughts. When you argue with your partner, the facts do not matter […]

By | February 13th, 2013|Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on Keep Your Love Strong Long After Valentine’s Day

Relationship Resolutions

‘Tis the season to begin thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. As important as it is to identify personal resolutions, it is also important to think about relationship resolutions. Below are a few tips to help you and your honey get on this same page in 2013. –      Set a time to sit down together or go for a long walk. Begin by acknowledging the positives aspects of your relationship. –      Next focus on areas for growth, not necessarily change. Pinpoint […]

By | December 31st, 2012|Marriage Success Secrets, Newlywed Tips, Repair Your Relationship, Uncategorized, Weekly Love Tip|Comments Off on Relationship Resolutions