January 2018 Newsletter

Couples Corner

One way to create shared meaning in your relationship is to dream together as a couple. Sharing your dreams with one another brings you closer and gives the relationship a sense of purpose. The article "30 Conversation Starters For Spouses to Dream Together" lists questions that you and your spouse can ask one another to help you discuss your dreams and desires. Here are a few of the questions:

What kind of legacy do you want our marriage to reflect?

What is your dream job?

What makes you cry happy tears?

What are you most proud of in our relationship?

What is the most meaningful thing we have accomplished together?

To see the full list of questions click here.

Family Corner

Sexual harassment has recently become a hot topic in the media. This topic is everywhere, so it is likely that your children are hearing about it also. The article "Scripts and Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Harassment" discusses how to talk to your children about sexual harassment and also provides a sample script for talking to your kids about sexual harassment.

To read the article click here.

Individual Corner

As we approach a new year, it is inevitable that we will be hearing, seeing, and reading things about setting and keeping New Year's resolutions. While some people find setting resolutions beneficial to helping them achieve their goals, others experience a great deal of stress and anxiety as they try to live up to the expectations that they set for themselves. If you're tired of resolutions, the article "10 Alternatives to New Year's Resolutions" provides some unique suggestions. Creating a bucket list and creating a list of things you are looking forward to in the year to come are two of the suggestions. Picking one word to guide your year in order to help you maintain focus on what you really want is another suggestion.

To read the rest of the list of alternatives click here.

Infertility Corner

Are you having difficulty getting pregnant? Are you wondering if you might be experiencing infertility? This is the new ConnectEdPAIRS corner for infertility. Check here monthly for infertility education and support. Stephani Cave, LCPC specializes in infertility counseling and holds Professional Memberships in the Mental Health Professionals Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM ) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Both of these organizations' websites are sources of education and support as well.

So, what is infertility? Infertility, as defined by The International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), is a disease characterized by the failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse or due to an impairment of a person’s capacity to reproduce either as an individual or with his/her partner. Fertility interventions may be initiated in less than 1 year based on medical, sexual and reproductive history, age, physical findings and diagnostic testing. Infertility is a disease, which generates disability as an impairment of function.

Check back here next month for more information. In the meantime, if you would like counseling support during your family building journey, call Stephani for an appointment. 

Happy January!
Welcome 2018! We hope that the new year brings you good physical and emotional health and all the joy that comes from having close, healthy relationships.

This month's newsletter begins our new Infertility Corner feature. Check out this new corner for education and support if you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty getting pregnant.

We only have a handful of 2018 Thankfulness calendars remaining. Call Stephani if you would like a complimentary magnetic calendar. ConnectEdPAIRS is thankful for all our newsletter readers and hope you continue to be blessed in 2018. We look forward to continuing to bring you information this coming year to help you as you strive for personal and relational growth. As before, in 2018 you can still call Stephani for assistance in applying any of the information from the newsletter to your personal experience.

All best,
Stephani Cave, LCPC

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