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August 27, 2013 27 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

Temper Taming Tip #3: A child’s disobedience can trigger rage from a parent. Try pre-empting your anger with a plan. Inform your child (ideally after discussion) of what consequence will follow disobe...

August 26, 2013 26 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

Temper Taming Tip #2: Noise can lower your resistance to anger. If whining, TV, roughhousing, or crowds are on your nerves, lower the decibel level. Call for a “Quiet Time Out.” For example, turn off ...

August 25, 2013 25 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

Temper Taming Tip #1: Check your own temperature first. Maybe you’re tired after a long day or feel stressed or worried. Try strengthening your resistance. Taking a short nap helps some. Others may li...

August 24, 2013 24 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

(Reader’s Tip) If your spouse asks what’s wrong, don’t say “nothing” if there is. Even if you can’t talk about it right away, let them know there is something that needs to be resolved.

August 23, 2013 23 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

(Reader’s Tip, from a recent widow) Treasure each moment with your beloved spouse. We know neither the day nor the hour when our loved one will be taken from us.

August 22, 2013 22 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

One version of the marriage vows states, “to have and to hold from this day forward.” Pay attention to that little word “hold’ today. When times are tough or emotions raw, sometimes firmly and lovingl...

August 21, 2013 21 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

In marriage we hold the keys to each other’s heart. Spouses should know each others’ internet passwords lest one be tempted to lock out the other from personal conversations.

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family 20 Aug 2013 | 11:35 pm

Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley, San Francisco, Calif., 2008; $24.95 Do you think families could benefit from a little more “organizational clarity” — the sort of clarity sought during meetings in b...

Gus’ Participation 20 Aug 2013 | 11:25 pm

Sara: Thursday, we celebrated the Assumption of Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. Due to a stressful week which included getting our car hit in a parking lot (thankfully Gus and I were inside the store ...

August 20, 2013 20 Aug 2013 | 09:00 am

Self-deprecation can be disarming. Tell a silly story on yourself from your youth. If you have children, they may be relieved that you made mistakes, too. Teens often appreciate the role reversal. It ...

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