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27Mar, 2019

It’s official, we’re launching our new social media sites!

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Families in Focus is very excited to announce our entrance onto the social media world! We hope this helps us keep in touch with you by providing excellent information about different types of therapy news and services. We're looking forward to providing up to date information about trends and news in the therapy fields that will help you become more informed. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep in touch.
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24Mar, 2019

We launch our new website!

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Today we launched our new social media friendly website. Check out our images, check out our video! Join us on Facebook and Twitter. We’re looking forward to staying in touch with you! s
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16Nov, 2018

Connecting with your Pre-teen-Teenage Child: Notice the good things they try do. Don’t wait for them to be in People Magazine!

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Do you have trouble talking with you preteen-teenage daughter or son for sustained amounts of time?  If you answered yes then let’s look at possible options to have conversations for a sustained amount of time. First, catch them being good.  Many parents had communication with their parents based on what needed to be done,  what you were doing wrong and what you needed to do better.  When you did well, you likely received praise for an A grade on a test, a great project in art or a significant victory […]
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Couple at the park in autumn time
30Sep, 2018

The Seven Principles Program for Couples

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So, I am reading a book called 212 Degrees, written by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, given to me, to my surprise, by Tom Hill (author of Chicken Soup of the Entrepreneur’s Soul and Living at the Summit, A Life Plan).  212 Degrees is a short book about raising the temperature of water one degree. That one degree, the book explains, is the difference between something hot and something that can power a locomotive, steam. Interesting metaphor. Families in Focus is offering The Seven Principles Program for Couples, based on The […]
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6Sep, 2018

Marital Communication – Part 5

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Love Language 3 – Receiving Gifts A gift is tangible meaning or visual sign that you love and care about your spouse. A gift can also mean your presence is important especially at important times such as a birth of a child and may mean you might have to sacrifice some of your own desires. Find out specifically what makes your spouse feel happy.       Love Language 4 – Acts of Service Acts of services have to do with helping and doing things for your spouse. It means doing […]
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25Aug, 2018

Decompression from Obsession

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Well, I didn’t think this was going to happen, but I bought a smartphone.  I tooled around with it for 1 ½ hours one night, getting it activated and ready to use.  The other night I browsed through several apps and downloaded several of them including Angry Birds (hilarious and addictive by the way).  I was never drawn that strongly to my phone in the past probably because I just saw it as a practical way to keep in touch with family and friends.  My phone did not take up […]
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16Aug, 2018

Could You Be As Nice As It Takes?

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In his book The 100/0 Principle, The Secret of Great Relationships ( 2010),  Al Ritter, the CFO of a Fortune 500 consumer goods company, quoted French writer Marcel Proust: “True discovery consists not in finding new landscapes, but in seeing the same landscape with new eyes.”  In The 100/0 Principle, Ritter relates a story about a relationship that his boss, the president of the company, asked him to create with a business acquaintance Ritter disliked intensely. He reported that initially he didn’t know what to do, but finally decided that […]
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13Aug, 2018

Celebrating Success

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Celebrating Success   In many busy lives, people respond to many demands.  With too much to do and never enough hours in the day, there are always a few mistakes.    You may be one of the people racing around trying to do it all and missing a few key items in the haste.  Do you kick yourself when that happens?  Does making a mistake set you back from your sense of accomplishment and purpose?  Becoming self-critical can sap your energy and lead to eroding self-esteem.   When was the […]
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12Aug, 2018

The Seven Principle’s Couple Pogram

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Wow, it is Sunday night and I just completed teaching my first ever weekend Seven Principle’s couple program based on John Gottman’s book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Here were some of the comments about the training: “Enjoyed the creative add-on’s.” “Karen’s special touches were awesome.” “Your place (Karen’s office) is wonderful, nice and homey, very comfortable …warm and welcoming.” “I hope others take this program, it is quite enlightening for all ages…I could see every 5 years a refresher course.” “Even though we were friends coming in […]
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11Aug, 2018

Tips for the beginning of the school year: Parents You Can Do It!

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The school year for children is upon us.  If you find your nervous energy gaining momentum stop and take a deep breath.  I have some points you might want to utilize in your thoughts and parenting approaches to get the full benefit out of your parenting approaches to your children; and, in particular in respect to homework.  Do not use the word grounding when your child spends a few week day nights procrastinating and comes misses deadlines for homework.  The word grounding to a child means-“Prison”.  My contention is that this […]
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