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  20. <title>Los Angeles Marriage Counseling Options</title>
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  27. <description><![CDATA[Marriage is not always in a honeymoon stage. When the reality of life starts to bite, conflicts often arise that may sometimes cause irreparable damage to both parties. Differing opinions and attitudes often dampen the torch of love they both &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/los-angeles-marriage-counseling-options/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  28. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-886" src="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Los-Angeles-Marriage-Counseling-Options-300x171.jpg" alt="los-angeles-marriage-counseling-options" width="300" height="171" data-id="886" srcset="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Los-Angeles-Marriage-Counseling-Options-300x171.jpg 300w, http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Los-Angeles-Marriage-Counseling-Options.jpg 400w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Marriage is not always in a honeymoon stage. When the reality of life starts to bite, conflicts often arise that may sometimes cause irreparable damage to both parties. Differing opinions and attitudes often dampen the torch of love they both felt when they were dating. When this situation happens, it is best to seek <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/about-us/">counseling</a> from a Marriage Counseling specialist in the Los Angeles area before divorce is considered.</p>
  29. <p>Many marriages fail because one or both parties refuse to acknowledge each other’s shortcomings. Pride and prejudices often get in the way of reconciliation. Problems within the <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/family-of-celebrities/">family of celebrities</a> are no better than the rest of the population but theirs are compounded and amplified by their celebrity status. For ordinary people from all walks of life, marital woes are not given serious attention due to the presence of other underlying problems. Having a counselor that specializes in both celebrity families and ordinary couples is key to getting diversified help.</p>
  30. <p>5 Key Indicators that would tell you it’s Time to seek help</p>
  31. <p>Irrational anger- a simple conversation becomes a shouting match. Arguments easily flare up into raging physical abuse, sometimes over petty issues. You or your spouse doesn’t want to hear about counseling.</p>
  32. <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apathy">Apathy</a>&#8211; You stopped caring. You don’t care about anything related to your spouse or your marriage. You have lost interest in your spouse’s achievements or failures. You no longer want to go places with him or do things together. You’re not even interested in seeing a Marriage Counselor.</p>
  33. <p><a href="https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml">Depression</a>&#8211; When marital problems start to change your perspective, attitude and well-being, you could be sliding down to a depressive state. Over thinking about perceived threats to your marriage can cause psycho-somatic problems. If unchecked, depression may drive a person to suicide. Do not try to solve the problem by yourself. At this stage, you need the help of a professional Marriage Counselor.</p>
  34. <p>Physical and Mental abuse- Abusive behavior can take many forms, all achieve the same results. The abuse is meant to demean, degrade, and break the spirit of the person.</p>
  35. <p>When you are in any of the above mentioned situations, do not go into denial. Seek help immediately before it is too late. Marriage counseling in the Los Angeles area can give you professional assessment and intervention. Don’t waste your best asset, your family. Keep your relationship and yourself healthy.</p>
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  39. <title>Find common ground with a LMFT that will see both sides</title>
  40. <link>http://stephaniemintz.com/find-common-ground-with-a-lmft-that-will-see-both-sides/</link>
  41. <pubDate>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:23:49 +0000</pubDate>
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  46. <description><![CDATA[Marriage counseling is not to be taken lightly. There are many marriage counseling facilities in the Los Angeles are to choose from, but you want to make sure you go with one that suits all of your needs. When you &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/find-common-ground-with-a-lmft-that-will-see-both-sides/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  47. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="alignleft wp-image-879 size-medium" src="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/july-blog-300x200.jpg" alt="playa vista" width="300" height="200" data-id="879" srcset="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/july-blog-300x200.jpg 300w, http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/july-blog-272x182.jpg 272w, http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/july-blog.jpg 624w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Marriage counseling is not to be taken lightly. There are many marriage counseling facilities in the Los Angeles are to choose from, but you want to make sure you go with one that suits all of your needs. When you and your partner are having problems, it’s the best decision to seek help from someone who has an unbiased opinion. This will allow you to reach a solution to your issues, rather than turning to divorce as a conclusion.</p>
  48. <p>These licensed professionals can also handle a number of other issues you may be experiencing in your life. Therapy can help sort out <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/teen-counseling/">teenage issues</a>, as well as family problems. Teens have a lot to handle now days, and sometimes they disconnect from society. This makes it hard for parents to find out what is truly going on in their world. Teenagers can experience a number of issues including:</p>
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  50. <li>Anxiety</li>
  51. <li>Depression</li>
  52. <li>Mood Disorders</li>
  53. <li>Relocation Therapy</li>
  54. <li>Premarital Counseling</li>
  55. <li>OCD</li>
  56. <li>Dating</li>
  57. <li>Anger</li>
  58. <li>Substance Use</li>
  59. <li>Eating Disorders</li>
  60. <li>Work Stress</li>
  61. <li>Bullying</li>
  62. <li>Peer Pressure</li>
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  64. <p>Therapy professionals are licensed to care about issues, such as <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/depression-and-anxiety/">anxiety, depression</a>, mood disorders, relocation problems, OCD, dating issues, anger, substance use, eating disorders, bullying, peer pressure, relationship issues and social media issues. These problems are common issues that teenagers face in day to day life.</p>
  65. <p>Therapy is affordable and often is covered by insurance, as many practices will use a sliding scale fee to cater to your needs. Having someone to talk to can really help you overcome issues that you may be experiencing in your life. Even if you are not married yet, you may want to seek <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/relationship-remedies/">premarital counseling</a> to ensure you and your partner have  a strong foundation to build on.</p>
  66. <p>A marriage takes hard work, and marriage counseling can help you sort out any issues that you come across. It doesn&#8217;t matter what type of issues you are experiencing, everyone can benefit from healthy therapy. Therapy offerings are vast, and there is no problem too big or small that a therapist can&#8217;t help you with or at least get you on the right track to overcoming and finding some coping skills.</p>
  67. <p>You want to be sure that you are comfortable with the therapist or counselor that you choose, as you will be opening up about issues in your life. If you feel completely at ease with your therapist, you will not be afraid to share your issues with them. Deep therapy can change your life and the quality in which you live your life.</p>
  68. <p>A good family therapist or marriage counselor can make a huge difference in your life. Your family, significant other and you, will all benefit from seeing a therapist who cares, and can help you sort out your issues. Take care of yourself and your relationships to ensure you have a happy full life.</p>
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  72. <title>Family Counseling Playa Vista: The Key to Healthier Relationships</title>
  73. <link>http://stephaniemintz.com/healthier-relationships/</link>
  74. <pubDate>Mon, 23 May 2016 22:52:07 +0000</pubDate>
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  79. <description><![CDATA[Everybody wants to have healthy, meaningful family relationships. However, personal and environmental issues can sometimes get in the way. An innocent remark, a thoughtless act can be misperceived as an affront to an existing relationship. And more often than not, &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/healthier-relationships/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  80. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="size-full wp-image-846 alignleft" src="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Family-counseling.jpg" alt="Family counseling" width="271" height="186" data-id="846" />Everybody wants to have healthy, meaningful family relationships. However, personal and environmental issues can sometimes get in the way. An innocent remark, a thoughtless act can be misperceived as an affront to an existing relationship.</p>
  81. <p>And more often than not, to avoid confrontations, we just let such situations pass. We just shrug off innocent remarks and ignore thoughtless actions even if they hurt.</p>
  82. <p>This is why it is essential to have an open line of communication between those involved, especially when the issues occur in a marriage. It’s because when the marriage vows are broken, the husband and wife are not the only ones who will suffer. It is the children who will most likely undergo long-term issues – physically, emotionally, socially and mentally.</p>
  83. <p>Should you try to resolve marital or family relationship problems on your own? A very small percentage of families succeeded in solving their issues on their own, but the greater majority ended up in divorce.</p>
  84. <p><strong>Marriage Counseling Playa Vista: How It Can Help You Achieve Meaningful Relationships</strong></p>
  85. <p>Time heals all wounds. But does it really?</p>
  86. <p>We try to think that hurtful words and careless actions will be forgotten and forgiven if we just let them pass. The truth is, they just get buried deep within us and only manifest when triggered. An irate elder woman customer might awaken the fear that has set deep inside the mind of a salesman who experienced <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbal_abuse">verbal abuse</a> from his mother during his childhood days.</p>
  87. <p>Communicating your thoughts and emotions to other members of your family can help prevent such untoward incidents from happening in the future. Time and again, experts have proven that communication is one of the most effective <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/relationship-remedies/">relationship remedies</a>. However for healthier and more efficient discussions, it is highly recommended that you do it with a certified family counseling in Playa Vista.</p>
  88. <p>We all know that emotions are heightened during confrontations, which is typically the primary reason why we avoid them. But an expert from a family and marriage counseling in Playa Vista can act as a mediator who can, with his or her skills, knowledge and experience, effectively diffuse those sensitive emotions, assess your situation and offer solutions to remedy your relationships with your loved ones.</p>
  89. <p><strong>Family and Marriage Counseling in Playa Vista: How to Find the Best</strong></p>
  90. <p>Here are some points to consider when looking for the best family and marriage counseling in Playa Vista:</p>
  91. <ol>
  92. <li>The counselor’s credentials;</li>
  93. <li>His/her years of experience;</li>
  94. <li>Your budget</li>
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  96. <p>Why let your relationship with your spouse and children suffer when you can do something about it? Contact the nearest <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/">marriage and family counseling in Playa Vista</a> today.</p>
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  100. <title>What do you do when your relationship hits that plateau?</title>
  101. <link>http://stephaniemintz.com/what-do-you-do-when-your-relationship-hits-that-plateau/</link>
  102. <pubDate>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:10:21 +0000</pubDate>
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  107. <description><![CDATA[Everyone has heard of the honeymoon stage where everything is roses and cherries.  You are both asking questions to get to know the other one better and both are for the most part on your best behavior or putting your &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/what-do-you-do-when-your-relationship-hits-that-plateau/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  108. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-799" src="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Honeymoon-Phase-300x282.jpg" alt="Honeymoon Phase" width="300" height="282" data-id="799" srcset="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Honeymoon-Phase-300x282.jpg 300w, http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Honeymoon-Phase.jpg 373w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
  109. <p>Everyone has heard of the honeymoon stage where everything is roses and cherries.  You are both asking questions to get to know the other one better and both are for the most part on your best behavior or putting your best foot forward.  After this stage, the idiosyncrasies come out and habits you have been trying to hold back come through.  You get into a more comfortable pattern.  Working, eating, sleeping and some time for play.  But the newness has rubbed off and now it is back to the grind of life.</p>
  110. <p>Just because the grind of life becomes more of the focus again doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put focus on your partner.  We can never learn everything there is to know about someone, especially in the time frame of the honeymoon stage.  Also everyone is constantly growing and changing.  No their core values aren’t changing but their tastes in food, clothes, what’s most important to them, hobbies, etc. can change over time.  So remember to keep getting to know the person you are with.  Remember the wondering and curiosity you had at the beginning of the relationship and bring that back to the forefront.  Ask questions not just about their day but about their past and their dreams for the future.  Have you ever asked your partner what their ideal day would like?  How about what their ideal fantasy day would be like where anything is possible and money doesn’t matter?</p>
  111. <p>During this plateau, date nights might get a bit redundant and predictable.  Are you tired of the old dinner and a movie?  Or going out with friends to a bar?  I recommend coming up with a date list.  On your own each come up with a list of 10 things you haven’t done in at least 6 months or even a year.  Then spend one of your date nights going through each other’s lists thinking about the possibilities.  Take turns who plans each date and at least once a month try one new thing from the list.  If you can do it more than once a month great, but if not don’t let a month go by without trying a new activity.</p>
  112. <p>We also tend to get less grateful to our partners as time goes by.  Actions and gestures become expected and although we say the obligatory thank you it doesn’t hold the same meaning as it used to.   So a good exercise to do with each other is writing a list of things you are grateful for about your partner.  They can be big or small things but things that you see in your partner that you think are amazing.  Then take a date night and share your lists with each other.</p>
  113. <p>A good relationship doesn’t mean it is free of plateaus.  A good relationship requires effort and energy put towards fostering the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relationship_counseling#Basic_practices">relationship</a> to make it even more meaningful and deep.  So take the time, we say we don’t have enough time in the days, but there is always time to send a text that says I am thinking about you.  Remember the curiosity, the fun dates and what made you fall in love with the person in the first place.</p>
  114. <p>Stephanie Mintz M.A., LMFT</p>
  115. <p><a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/">Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling</a> Playa Vista, CA</p>
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  119. <title>Does your partner give you the worst gifts and you have to pretend to be appreciative?</title>
  120. <link>http://stephaniemintz.com/does-your-partner-give-you-the-worst-gifts-and-you-have-to-pretend-to-be-appreciative/</link>
  121. <pubDate>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:08:40 +0000</pubDate>
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  126. <description><![CDATA[Have you ever needed to buy a gift for someone and all of a sudden the best idea came into your mind and you were so excited about the gift you could barely wait to give it to your partner?  &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/does-your-partner-give-you-the-worst-gifts-and-you-have-to-pretend-to-be-appreciative/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  127. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-796" src="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Gifts-for-her-300x200.jpg" alt="Gifts for her" width="300" height="200" data-id="796" srcset="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Gifts-for-her-300x200.jpg 300w, http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Gifts-for-her.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
  128. <p>Have you ever needed to buy a gift for someone and all of a sudden the best idea came into your mind and you were so excited about the gift you could barely wait to give it to your partner?  But then when you actually gave the gift it seemed to fall very flat and your partner gives you that thanks for trying look.  This can happen a lot as we seem to think that we can mind read your partner’s desires and your partner can mind read yours.  Or how about when it is a special occasion and you have given many hints as to what you want for the occasion and when you unwrap or find out what the gift is you are so disappointed but try to put on that smile that says I love you but this isn’t what I wanted.</p>
  129. <p>I had a guy friend who was dating this woman he really liked.  He was excited one day to come to her door and surprise her by having flowers.  He thought it was a nice romantic gesture and was very excited to see her reaction as this was the first time he was bringing her flowers.  When she opened the door and saw the flowers she got very upset and started crying.  My friend was confused and disappointed and at a loss as to what had gone wrong.  When the woman calmed down she told the guy that when she was growing up her dad would come home and bring flowers whenever he had an affair.  So for her flowers equated to a bad thing.  Now even though the man before her wasn’t her father and most likely hadn’t cheated flowers held so much negativity for her that the gesture thoroughly upset her.  This is an example to show you that your idea of a great romantic gesture may have a completely different meaning to the other person.</p>
  130. <p>So how do you get the gift you really want and give the gift that knocks their socks off?</p>
  131. <p>The exercise is called Roadmaps to the Heart.  You set aside time for both of you to work on this exercise.  You make a list of all the things your partner could do that would show you that they love you.  Basically this means what your partner can do for you that will make you really happy.  These items can be anything from a wrapped present, to chores, to physical affection, to a vacation, to a date night, etc.  Then what you do is come together for a quiet evening and exchange your lists.  I recommend reading them out loud so you make sure each person understands each item on each list.  Keep these lists handy and when you feel moved to do something special for your partner you can look at it and give your partner exactly what they desire.</p>
  132. <p>Stephanie Mintz M.A., LMFT</p>
  133. <p><a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/" target="_blank">Marriage and Family Therapist Counseling</a> Playa Vista, CA</p>
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  137. <title>Family and Marriage Counseling in Playa Vista: Communication is Key</title>
  138. <link>http://stephaniemintz.com/family-and-marriage-counseling-in-playa-vista-communication-is-key/</link>
  139. <pubDate>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:53:17 +0000</pubDate>
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  144. <description><![CDATA[Our day-to-day lives can be full of stresses such that often, our relationships especially our family relations, suffer.  There might be feelings of too-much-work-to-do and confusions on who-will-do-what while running a home, not finding enough money to pay the bills, &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/family-and-marriage-counseling-in-playa-vista-communication-is-key/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  145. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-793" src="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Family-and-Marriage-Counseling-at-Playa-Vista-Communication-is-Key-300x199.jpg" alt="Family and Marriage Counseling at Playa Vista Communication is Key" width="300" height="199" data-id="793" srcset="http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Family-and-Marriage-Counseling-at-Playa-Vista-Communication-is-Key-300x199.jpg 300w, http://stephaniemintz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Family-and-Marriage-Counseling-at-Playa-Vista-Communication-is-Key.jpg 350w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
  146. <p>Our day-to-day lives can be full of stresses such that often, our relationships especially our family relations, suffer.  There might be feelings of too-much-work-to-do and confusions on who-will-do-what while running a home, not finding enough money to pay the bills, family members with health problems, and so many other causes of stresses in our lives.</p>
  147. <p>The fact is that the relationships in our lives don’t need to suffer at all when we undergo short-term or prolonged stressful situations. We can strengthen bonds and re-establish those relationships that really matter most in our lives.</p>
  148. <p>Finding good <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/" target="_blank">family counseling in Playa Vista</a> could prove to be a challenging task since there are a number of competent counselors available in the area.  What is important is to find a family and marriage counseling in Playa Vista who can understand your needs. You need somebody who has the right education, training and experience.  Credentials are not everything, however, to determine effective family or marriage counseling in Playa Vista.</p>
  149. <p>Length of practice is not the most important consideration either.  Some family or marriage counselors with few years experience may be more updated with the latest and most effective techniques and could prove to be more effective.  Lastly, the family or marriage counseling in Playa Vista you seek should consider your financial capabilities.</p>
  150. <p>What is important is that <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_therapy" target="_blank">family or marriage counseling</a> in Playa Vista facilitates you to bring out the real cause of your stresses within you and lead you to have healthy discussions that will provide <a href="http://stephaniemintz.com/relationship-remedies/" target="_blank">relationship remedies</a> with the people around you.</p>
  151. <p>Communication is key in any relationship such that the kind of discussions you may have with your spouse or children, bosses or subordinates and colleagues, friends and relatives – could determine the level of understanding and the degree of control you have of your life and the stressful conditions that could affect the quality you live it.</p>
  152. <p>Having healthier relationships cannot be done by you alone.  You need the help of good family counseling in Playa Vista for any discussion or counseling to be most effective.</p>
  153. <p>You and your family or marriage counselor in Playa Vista should work together through active problem-solving techniques.  You should be able to determine what your problem is and how you can reach a better place or situation in life.  Any therapy by a good family counseling in Playa Vista should be engaging enough to create a partnership and thereby create the kind of life you aspire to have.</p>
  154. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  155. <p>For more details, view topics on <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/resolution-not-conflict/201305/stress-in-relationships-10-sources-and-their-antidotes" target="_blank">Communication</a> as key to solving stresses.</p>
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  159. <title>Is the Beach Ball Effect Ruining Your Relationship?</title>
  160. <link>http://stephaniemintz.com/the-beach-ball-effect/</link>
  161. <pubDate>Mon, 07 Mar 2016 22:23:55 +0000</pubDate>
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  166. <description><![CDATA[Imagine taking a beach ball and pushing it under the water. How do you keep it there? You have to use pressure to hold it down beneath the surface. What happens when you loosen your grip just slightly? It pops &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/the-beach-ball-effect/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  167. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="text" style="display:none;">Imagine taking a beach ball and pushing it under the water. How do you keep it there? You have to use pressure to hold it down beneath the surface. What happens when you loosen your grip just slightly? It pops to the surface with force.</div>
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  174. <pubDate>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:45:00 +0000</pubDate>
  175. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Managed WordPress Migration User]]></dc:creator>
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  177.  
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  179. <description><![CDATA[Dear Stephanie: My husband and I have been married almost 9 years, as our anniversary is in a month. We have a 6 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. We both work and our schedules are very &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/passionfree/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  181. Dear Stephanie:</p>
  182. <p>My husband and I have been married almost 9 years, as our anniversary is in a month.  We have a 6 year old daughter and a 2 year old son.  We both work and our schedules are very crazy with work, picking up and dropping off kids, and afterschool activities.
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  189. <link>http://stephaniemintz.com/newyearnewme/</link>
  190. <pubDate>Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:36:05 +0000</pubDate>
  191. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Managed WordPress Migration User]]></dc:creator>
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  193.  
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  195. <description><![CDATA[Dear Stephanie: At the end of last year I decided I wanted to make 2016 a very successful year for myself by making a resolutions list and sticking to it. Now that January is almost over I feel I haven’t &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/newyearnewme/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  197. Dear Stephanie:<br />
  198. At the end of last year I decided I wanted to make 2016 a very successful year for myself by making a resolutions list and sticking to it.  Now that January is almost over I feel I haven’t made much progress and I feel stuck.  How can I get on track and create a great year for myself?
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  204. <title>Overwhelmed and Arguing</title>
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  206. <pubDate>Thu, 10 Dec 2015 19:41:57 +0000</pubDate>
  207. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Managed WordPress Migration User]]></dc:creator>
  208. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  209.  
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  211. <description><![CDATA[Dear Stephanie: It is that time of year where I feel so conflicted. I love the holidays and spending time with my family but I also seem to get so stressed out and overwhelmed. I feel that my patience level &#8230; <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="http://stephaniemintz.com/overwhelmed-and-arguing/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  213. Dear Stephanie:</p>
  214. <p>It is that time of year where I feel so conflicted.  I love the holidays and spending time with my family but I also seem to get so stressed out and overwhelmed.  I feel that my patience level goes down and I tend to get irritated more quickly this time of year.  Is there anything I can do to be able to enjoy this holiday season and not experience the negatives?
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