Kresta in the Afternoon – June 12, 2020 – Hour 1

+  The Absolute Worst Things Marriage Therapists Have Heard (full hour)

  • Description: We recently came across a list in which marriage therapists shared the most shocking things couples had told them over the course of their careers. Dr. Ray Guarendi joins us with his thoughts and experiences as a therapist and how our culture’s understanding of marriage and family has changed.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Ray Guarendi
      Dr Ray Guarendi is the father of 10, clinical psychologist, public speaker and nationally syndicated TV and radio host. He’s the host of The Dr is In and “Living Right with Dr Ray.” He’s also the author of many books, most recently "Thinking Like Jesus: The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple"
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    • Thinking Like Jesus: The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple

      Too often we are late in realizing that we mishandled a situation, causing both resentment and frustration. But what if you could approach every situation with the mind of Christ? Using his decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and a practicing Catholic, Dr. Ray Guarendi offers dozens of short reflections that combine sound spiritual advice with the best of modern psychology. Dr. Ray will help you address countless daily problems and create a plan of action for your most common troubles. With frankness and humor, Dr. Ray tackles the topics that too often bring confusion and heartache. (learn more)

    • Advice Worth Ignoring: How Tuning Out the Experts Can Make You a Better Parent

      In Advice Worth Ignoring, Dr. Ray identifies fifty of the most common child-related truisms and parenting myths that can often mislead and undercut parents, and explains how the virtues of prudence, temperance and fortitude can help any parent discern the best course of action for his or her own family. Parents are encouraged to ask themselves: Does this have merit for our family, with our morals? Does it make sense? Does it align with wisdom confirmed through generations?Covering a range of ages and stages, from the early years (“It’s a stage; it will pass”) to the teenage years (“Don’t make your child lie”), this book gives dedicated parents the tools they need to spot the hidden assumptions colored by pop psychology, and make parenting choices that are consistent with raising up good Catholic kids. Covering a range of ages and stages, from the early years (“It’s a stage; it will pass”) to the teenage years (“Don’t make your child lie”), this book gives dedicated parents the tools they need to spot the hidden assumptions colored by pop psychology, and make parenting choices that are consistent with raising up good Catholic kids.Parents who read Parents who read Advice Worth Ignoring will feel empowered to judge the advice that’s right for their own family, regardless of who doles it out. Contains a special section specifically for adoptive parents. (learn more)

    • Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

      Marriage expert Dr. Ray Guarendi has counseled enough couples to know that building a better relationship with your spouse doesn’t mean learning exotic new communication techniques or rearranging your lifestyle. In fact, a few of his ten “small steps” are lessons you learned in grade school, such as:

      • Say “I’m Sorry”
      • Listen a Minute
      • Make a List
      • Use Your Manners

      Plus, with his “resistance rationales,” Dr. Ray helps you overcome any reluctance you might feel to taking these small steps. Filled with straightforward advice, this book reminds you that a more rewarding marriage is just a few small steps away.

      (learn more)

    • Being a Grandparent: Just Like Being a Parent Only Different

      Dr. Ray Guarendi believes that parenting is too important to be taken seriously—and that goes double for grandparenting. As a father of ten, clinical psychologist, radio host and author of many books about marriage and parenting, Dr. Ray has spent his career helping to strengthen families through a combination of Catholic theology, common-sense insights and wry humor. Now, having become a new grandpa himself, Dr. Ray is turning his attention to the joyful, rejuvenating and sometimes complicated subject of grandparenting. In Being a Grandparent: Just Like Being a Parent...Only Different, he answers real questions from grands. Some wonder how being a grandparent will differ from being a parent, and want to mature into it with as few wrinkles as possible. Some are a daily presence in their grandchildren’s lives, perhaps even sharing a home with them and wanting their interactions to be as smooth as possible. Others live many miles away and fear yielding to the temptation of bribery to endear their distant grandbabies to them. Some are baffled as to why their own children are raising the grandkids so unlike they were raised—in practice, discipline or morals. Others see their grandchildren as difficult to be around, and ask what, if anything, they can do about it. Whether you’re a “Grandma,” a “Poppy,” an “Opa” or a “Nana,” Dr. Ray can help you navigate this second go-round with children in a way that mirrors God’s own unconditional love for us. You’ll learn to balance the expertise you’ve banked during decades as a parent with the emotional dynamics of this new stage of life. And best of all, you’ll get a little extra insight into savoring the true, unabashed joy of grandparenthood. Being a Grandparent makes a great gift for new grandparents and seasoned matriarchs and patriarchs alike. (learn more)

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