Men & Relationships

Life can be complicated and emotional

The experiences that shape us most are the ones that we don’t (or didn’t) want. Relationships require patience, communication, forgiveness and consistent effort from everyone that is involved. Whether you want to improve one or move on from one, the bottom line is that it can be challenging.

Am I Abusive?

A common question that is entered into search engines is “Am I Abusive”? It’s a question that sometimes leads to looking for help or it can be used to fortify a current position in an argument or a belief system. While it is a provocative question, it might be...

Empathy: the ‘Secret Ingredient’ in Relationships

A common response people have when asked what they want to focus on or improve in marriage or couples counselling is often communication. While this might seem to be a reasonable goal, the term is so general and broad that it is neither descriptive nor helpful. As...

The Changing Shape of Family, Masculinity and Care Work

“Do Dads Really Matter?” Some people might be offended by that question. One of the most important conversations currently related to men and masculinity is related to fathering and the impact of fathers. Dads by the Numbers Astoundingly, roughly 80% of men will...

Men & Joy

Joy is a deep feeling of contentment, satisfaction, and/or appreciation of the things that mean the most to us — which isn’t necessarily attainment (the promotion) or material things (the new toys). It’s also not something we ‘attain’ and then it’s just there...

How to Apologize to Someone You Hurt

We all make mistakes. They don’t make you a bad person; it only makes you human.  Even though mistakes, mishaps and accidents happen all the time, apologies are still difficult. It’s hard to own up to hurting someone else. Regardless, apologies are important...

Men & Grief – Surviving the Holidays

Throughout this series, we’ll examine some strategies to cope with grief in a healthy and healing way, as well as other related topics. Click here to read the first article, which begins to explain how we can define and manage grief, along with some common...

Men & Grief – What exactly is Grief?

Throughout this series, we’ll examine some strategies to cope with grief in a healthy and healing way, as well as other related topics.

Grief is the very normal and natural reaction we all have when we lose someone or something that we love. People sometimes assume you only experience grief when someone you know has died. In fact, grief is usually felt when we lose anything (person, marriage, pet, relationship, job, our health, etc.) that was significant and meaningful in our life.

How to spot (and address) Abuse in Relationships

Abuse is defined as the use of violence, disrespect, cruelty, hurt, or force against another person. Abuse in a relationship occurs when someone mistreats their partner in any of these ways. Abuse in a relationship can take many forms, including physical, sexual,...

Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season with your In-Laws

It's the holidays, and your in-laws are here to stay, whether you like them or not. Even if you adore someone, it's possible they'll irritate you when you're in close proximity. And if you despise them, you don't have to be miserable for the duration of your visit....

“You’re a good man.”

“You’re a good man.” Feels good just reading it, doesn’t it?  Men of every generation and walk of life have wanted to hear those words and live up to them. But what do they really mean? When it comes to being a good man, the key word is “being”. “No man is an...