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Dr. Jonathan Swinton, PhD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Sandy, Utah

How Family Traditions Can Strengthen Marriages

Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are connected to various traditions we had. I remember having hot chocolate in our santa mugs with marshmallows on Christmas morning. I loved carefully searching the house for eggs on Easter morning. I looked forward watching fireworks on Independence day. On Valentines my parents would get me …

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What couples can learn from the Olympics

As we observe another Olympic season, I feel the excitement and disappointment of the athletes. I see the heartbreak of those who miss a gate, fall down, or come up shorter than they had hoped. In contrast, I see the faces of others light up when they earn a medal. However, there are two groups …

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How did you fall in love?

One of the concepts I discuss with those receiving couples counseling is falling in love. I frequently ask them to tell me why they fell for the other when they first got together. They report on things such as: Kindness Sense of humor Connection they felt Physical attraction Enjoyment of time together Similar interests How …

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How do I save my marriage?

As the new year begins, it offers the time-old tradition of setting resolutions. You might resolve to exercise more, learn a new skill or talent, be more diligent in something, eat better, or get enough sleep. We set these goals to save our health, save our happiness, and to save our potential. All of these …

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Where has the loyalty gone?

I have always been a bit of a news junkie. I typically enjoy staying caught-up with the things going on here in Utah, around the country, and in the world. I find myself struggling to find enjoyment in the climate that seems to have become the norm in the media. Self-centeredness seems to be at …

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Believe In Your Marriage

One of the most important keys to overcoming marital problems is to believe in your marriage. Believe that it can be saved. Believe in yourself and your spouse in your abilities to make the personal changes necessary for things to be made right. Certainly there are circumstances where a relationship may not be salvageable. However, …

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The Two Most Important Skills Couples Should Learn

There are two “V” skills that every couple should learn together: How to be vulnerable with each other. How to validate each other. Vulnerable: If there is one person that you should be able to feel vulnerable with, it is your spouse/partner. They re the person who should be your first call when something difficult, …

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Look for the Happiness in Your Life and Your Marriage

My sons are incredible boys. Both have come from difficult pasts and endured more than most of us have to in a lifetime. My younger son has faced some significant physical trials throughout his 3 years of life. He was born with a cleft lip and palate and spent the first 21 months of his …

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Will your spouse be thankful for you?

With Thanksgiving approaching you may reflect on the things you are thankful for. What are you thankful for? Do you think your spouse is thankful for you? As I think of that question my mind and heart turn to my wife. She has shown her commitment to me and our children for many years. We love …

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7 Tools To Help My Child Sleep

As a parent, one of the most challenging and frustrating things I have experienced is helping a child sleep. Sleep is essential for children. Their rapidly growing bodies need rest more than we needs as adults. How much sleep do kids need in a 24 hour period? <1 years old: 15 hours 1-3 years old: …

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