This post was updated in January 2021, it was originally published in February 2015. With Valentine’s Day (and—ahem—the accompanying movie release of Fifty Shades of Grey) soon approaching, I think it’s safe to assume that many of us might have...
Quarantine is a lot of things, but sexy isn’t one of them. It doesn’t matter if you’re home alone, empty nesters, or home with a flock of children flailing about, sex just may not be on the brain right...

Marriage in Quarantine

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As we navigate through these next few weeks, our new routines as a family are and will be constantly changing. We have gotten used to each other, REALLY used to each other. The space from one side of the...
This month, I celebrated my 15-year wedding anniversary, and I know it sounds cliché, but I cannot believe we've been married that many years. Perhaps it would be better to measure the years in all the different hairstyles I've...
Alamo City Moms Blog is thrilled to partner with the Institute for Couple and Family Enhancement to help you maintain relationship satisfaction after parenthood. The following is a sponsored post, written by guest blogger Dr. Melissa McVicker. So you're...
I’ve had multiple conversations about our society’s tendency to praise fathers for completing tasks that mothers are often expected to do without acknowledgment. This includes combing daughters’ hair, changing diapers, bathing children, attending parent-teacher conferences, and many others. It...
When I originally filed for divorce, it wasn’t something I’d planned on doing—for a number of reasons. For one, no one walks down the aisle anticipating a less-than-lifetime commitment. Secondly, although I won’t be going into the particulars of...
The piñata is strung up. Balloons are inflated, and streamers are everywhere. The hot dogs and hamburgers are ready, toppings spread out in ice to keep cool. A giant orange cooler of Kool-aid is chilling. The cake has been...
I grew up in a volatile home with a mentally ill mother whose emotions and interactions could swing from fits of giggles to fear-inducing explosions in a matter of minutes. On the surface we were a happy, devoutly religious...

Why I Talk to My Husband

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There's some really hard stuff about marriage (that—gasp!—doesn’t involve our children) that we need to talk about, and it's not what you think. The hard stuff I’m talking about happens between the passionate love-making and the drawn-out, ego-fueled fights. The...

A DIY Marriage Retreat

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Any fans here of those marriage retreat weekend getaways? As a marriage and family therapist, of course I think some of them are quite valuable, and I believe they can have their place in a healthy relationship. BUT, also,...
It’s just around the corner, you guys. Good plans, bad plans, no plans, some plans. Everybody is crazy on… Valentine’s Day. The day of over-priced cards, flowers, chocolates, and—dare I say?—lingerie. (I realize that last one can be a fairly weighted word...
I've been co-parenting with my ex-husband for almost 18 years. Sometimes we freaking nail it, and other times I pray he gets one of those hangnails that only kind of bleeds but hurts to high heaven when you get...
Photo by Vanessa Velazquez Photography No matter what your marital status, the holidays can be a magical, yet pressure-filled time of year with kids—from the gathering of extended family, to the mile-long wish lists for Santa, to school activities and...

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The sun has set on Summer 2021, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall is here, and it’s my favorite...