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"Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage"
Newsletter #48 -- Nov 27, 2012
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News #48 -- "Gross Out Your Kids!"
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One of the best things you can do for your kids is to love each other! : )
This picture is a fun reminder that while kids may sometimes act "grossed out" by the love and affection you have for each other it actually creates a safe and secure environment for your children when they know that their mom and dad love each other.

Children also develop a healthier sense of their own sexuality when they see love and appropriate affection displayed in the home.

So, remember to keep on kissing and showing your love and affection for each other...even if you gross out your kids! : )

It's the best gift you can give your children!

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Gross Out Your Kids with Kissy Pics
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In the spirit of grossing out your kids...we invite you to start sending us your favorite kissy pictures for our next annual Couples Photos Valentine's Day giveaway.

Just send us a kissy photo of you and your spouse (uncropped, 300 dpi/high res, with first names and how many years you've been married) for a chance to win a fabulous ~ FREE ~ one-night getaway to the delightful and romantic Anniversary Inn of your choice, in the suite of your choice! (Valued up to $289!)

 Click here for last year's Couples Photos entry details...
Take Her with You -- Flat Wife
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A spouse's business trips away from home can be a real concern for a lot of couples! Knowing of the easy potential for thoughts and activities to lead away from one's spouse and family, I loved the idea shared by a reader of what she does to stay connected with her husband while he is away from home...
Recently, my husband went to Denver on a work trip. He was going to be gone for a few days, and I knew I would miss him terribly.  Since I've never been to Colorado myself, I decided it was time for me to go too!! I had a plan...

A few years ago my son brought home a Flat Stanley (an idea from the Flat Stanley kids' books). As part of the assignment we were to mail Flat Stanley (a paper doll) to friends and family for them to take him with them, and to take pictures to send back to us. What a great idea!

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Sex/Pornography Addiction Recovery Resources
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Many individuals and couples struggle with some kind of compulsive behaviors--whether it be overeating, pornography or an emotional affair. Compulsive behaviors are those things that you would like to stop doing, but just don't seem to be able to do so.

Because of the many clients I see that struggle with these kinds of issues, I have compiled a repository of resources that can help not only with pornography and other sexual addictions, but also can be applied to other compulsive behaviors as well.

I hope you will share this information with those who may want help to break free from the chains of addiction and other compulsive behaviors!

 Click here for a list of resources and downloadable handouts...

"Emotional Foreplay" Information & Recording
emotional foreplay - dating divas teleseminar info

In case you missed out on my recent tele-seminar -- "Emotional Foreplay" for The Dating Divas Successful Marriages Tele-Retreat, you'll find  the presentation slides and a list of resources that we discussed during the Q&A portion of the call.

You can also access the recording of the seminar! Enjoy!

 Click here for the all details!


Congratulations! -- Prize Pack Giveaway Winner
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Congratulations to Joriel for winning a bunch of great stuff in our Giveaway!

Book -- And They Were Not AshamedHere's what she won: 

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