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If You're Going to Fight, Make Sure It's Fair
Couples need to set rules for arguments so fights can be productive
In any relationship, there will be conflict. The trick isn't to avoid it; it's learning to deal with those disagreements in a healthy, respectful way. It's a matter of fighting fair . Kelly Olson , chief clinical officer at The Village, says couples shouldn't be afraid to talk about issues...
One Family, Two Adoptions, Countless Emotions
A family photo of Loren and Cameo Frieze, who adopted their two sons
Mott, ND, family shows how no two adoption journeys are the same The call came at 8 p.m. Loren and Cameo Frieze’s son was about to be born 300 miles away. “We drove like crazy and got there just in time for the birth,” Cameo remembers. Surrounded by members of...
Coping with Stress during an Election Year
Steps for managing election year stress
By Stephanie Schafer, MEd, LPC, NCC | The Village It seems everywhere we turn there are political ads, political discussions, rallies, polls, and elections. During these times, a lot of things get stirred up, particularly emotions. Learning how we can manage the stress of something as emotionally charged as politics...
Why It’s Important to REALLY Love the Skin You’re In
Stop associating appearance with worth and appreciate your body as it is
By Julie Vandrovec, MS, LPC | Clinical Associate | The Village Business Institute I started my first diet when I was 10 or 11 years old. I was always a bigger child, heavy for my age. I constantly would (and still do) get messages about how much happier I would...
Challenging Our Assumptions and Striving for Cultural Competence
To be culturally competent, we must rethink our assumptions
By Nancy Boyle | EAP Trainer | The Village Business Institute “We are all a little different and that is OK. In fact, it’s good, if we strive to understand each other, accept each other, and respect each other. If we do that, our diversity can make us stronger as...