Kelly Flannigan Bos: The Relationship Rescuer

Dec
09
2014

Getting a Haircut? How to Donate Hair for Cancer Wigs

Come on. You probably don't need it all anyway.

donating hair for cancer wigs

Cancer affects us all. It's taken lives and robbed years of health and happiness from people we love. I've experienced loss because of cancer, and when watching others face it you can feel helpless.

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Nov
28
2014

Infertility Is NOT a Shame and Blame Game

Be kind to each other - and yourself! - at Every Stage of Fertility

infertility

If you've ever struggled with infertility, or had miscarriages, you've probably been at that fork in the road where you had to make a decision: to keep it to yourself or to talk about it. The choice of sharing is often the road less travelled, and many people keep their stories close to their hearts - which is why it is so important and powerful when articles about miscarriage are shared.

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Nov
20
2014

Fight Stress (Not Each Other)

Don't let your stress become your partner's problem

stressed couple

Remember the early days of your relationship? Back when you have time for yourself and your partner? I imagine that if these days were a song they would sound like this.

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Nov
06
2014
A Smart Toy That Adjusts To Your Child's Developmental Stage

It is time to sort the clothes for my eight-month-old son again. You see, I have a big kid.

We pretty much had to skip over the 9-month clothes. And he was just too large for some of his toys and equipment. And don't even get me started with the shoes!

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Oct
31
2014

Why You Really Want to Know Which Disney Princess You Are

Are One Minute Quizzes Replacing Real Self Reflection?

Find Out About Your Personality

From the old school Cosmo to the modern day Buzz Feed quiz, people love to do a little naval gazing, no matter how trite. The appeal? We are seeking to be understood by ourselves and by others.

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Oct
28
2014

Conscious Uncoupling: Why The Phrase Is Making A Comeback

there's a good reason we shouldn't roll our eyes

In the past few weeks, I have heard the term “conscious uncoupling” several times outside of the most publicized use by Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Oct
14
2014

Triple Threat: Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Recipe

The Breakfast That Also Serves As A Great Lunch and Dinner

Hola! It's me again a little off my usual writing topic of relationships.The YMC group was asked to share our go-to, under-30-minute meal, and I shared my Tangy Tomato Pantry Pasta recipe that can be done in under 10 minutes. Our next challenge? To share our favourite breakfasts. For me, it is definitely Huevos Rancheros, "ranch-style eggs," a traditional Mexican mid-morning meal popular on rural farms.

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Sep
30
2014

Don't Let Anxious Thoughts Ruin Your Day

Interrupt Anxiety: Breathe In, Break Thoughts, and Be Free

Have you ever experienced that caught-off-guard, hit-by-a-bus, all-consuming anxious moment? It is common to most of us. That feeling of sudden worry about an unrelated issue can leave you unable to think about anything else. Perhaps an earlier issue you thought you got a grip of has returned, or a new fear has cropped up. Your heart sinks and you slip into the nauseous world of anxious thoughts and feelings.

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Sep
22
2014

Tangy Tomato Pantry Pasta - with Ingredients You Have!

The Ingredients are Calling From Inside the House!!!!

The bloggers at Yummy Mummy Club were given a challenge to submit a quick, under 30 minute, dinner recipe. Dinner in 30? I say, let's do it in 10!

I normally stick to writing about relationships as the in-house blogger on all things relational, but I find rapport is better when people aren't hungry or hangry, for that matter, so feeding people is still on point.

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Afraid of what attending therapy says about you and your marriage? Many people won't even discuss that they are attending counselling . . . Marriage Confidential: Off the Record, On the QT, and Very Hush Hush. There is a stigma attached to attending therapy, for some weakness is assumed. This is far from the truth.

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Aug
29
2014

Why You Need to Pick Up the Phone

Improve your Life by Staying Linked to Others Using more than “Linked in”

No surprise here, studies show that social connection directly impacts our sense of life satisfaction. We are social beings and we need to connect with others. In Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs, only survival and safety superseded our need for relationships.

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Aug
25
2014

Tips To Kicking Your Conference Anxiety

Conference Blocks and The Three Fears

Heading to the Blissdom Canada conference this year? Wondering how it will go? If you will make connections? What to wear? You might be experiencing the dreaded conference anxietyan understandable reaction to not only a new experience, but to the idea of putting yourself out there!

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Jul
31
2014

How Not To Have An Affair (Part Two)

5 Things to Think About Before Playing With Fire

How Not To Have An Affair

Marriage is not easy. There are times when you argue too much, fail to connect, and have little in common. In these times, you might find yourself having some of your needs met by people other than your partner. This is fine, even healthy. A good friend, your sounding board; a relative, your problem solver. You may also find yourself connecting at some point with someone with whom romantic feelings have potential. This is where to draw the line.

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Jul
28
2014

How Not To Have An Affair (Part One)

Five Principles to Keep you From Infidelity, When Just Being Married Won't

How Not To Have An Affair

People rarely set out to have an affair, and yet they are common. Janis Abrahms Spring, author of After the Affair, says that infidelity now affects 37% of couples. Often, such opportunities present when people are not feeling strong in themselves or their marriage. When the marriage is weak, obligations to spouses are not strongly felt, so not having an affair because of the marriage isn't a big enough draw. As a therapist, I have seen this many times with clients who feel they have fallen out of love with their partner.

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Jul
14
2014

We Need To Talk About Favourites

The Damage of the F Word and Practical Solutions

Favouritism, comically confessed as our children take turns being the most lovely or least naughty in our homes. Bloggers, like Canadian Buzz Bishop, who have acknowledged favourites among their children have been criticized, challenged, and even called abusive. Yet others are relating. Favouritism isn't necessarily static. It can be something that changes in a minute or a month.

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Jun
30
2014

Relationships with Integrity: Honour, Duty, and Downton

Have you ever had to choose between your own happiness and your responsibilities to your spouse and family?

Lady Sibyl: Oh, Granny, even the English aren't in control of everything.

Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess: Well I hope we're in control of something, if only ourselves.

 

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Jun
22
2014

Is Your Child Feeling Test-y With Exam Stress?

Have the Student in your House Try This One Thing!

"I was probably more scared of my high school exams than I was of the Oscars. At the time you think it's everything and if you don't do well, your life's over. Opportunities are gone. So the more you do it, the less the fear is present.”

~Hugh Jackman

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Jun
13
2014

The Awkwardness And Rewards Of Expanding Your Social Circle

Do you find meeting and making new friends is like going on a first date?

The only constant is change. Life guarantees transitions. Often these transitions mean changes in your social group. There are times of in between with friendships, ones of substance and those more superficial, times when you have established close friendships and other times when you feel surrounded by acquaintances. It can feel like you don't have friends when your loved ones aren't in close proximity or when just making contact is difficult with family life.

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May
30
2014

10 Of The Most Memorable Movie Therapists

From the relatable to the counsellor caricatures

As a therapist, I always enjoy seeing Hollywood's portrayal of the therapy session. Some therapists are relatable and others are more like counsellor caricatures—simply entertainment. When watching therapists on the screen, one can quickly establish who they would and wouldn't want to be working with.

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