Healthy Relationships: Good for You and Your Kids – by Kimberly Miller
If you are in a healthy relationship, you know that healthy relationships feel good. They lighten our step and put a smile on our faces. What many people don’t know is that healthy relationships are actually good for you. Even more important, our healthy relationships are good for our kids.
Brent Atkinson is a neurobiologist and theorist on human relationships. He often writes about the effect the brain has or can have on intimate relationships. What I find most interesting about his work (as well as John Gottman, another great theorist on relationships), is the overwhelmingly positive – and statistically proven – effects a healthy marriage can have. In Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy, Atknson writes: “Developing the habits that support relationship success is probably the single most important task a person can accomplish in his or her lifetime.” He goes on to cite the statistics that happily married individuals live an average of four years longer than others, are physically and mentally healthier overall, and are less likely to be in a car accident. Parents model healthy relationships for their children. Research shows children of happily committed couples have fewer health problems, greater ability to regulate their emotions, perform better academically, and are better at handling stressful situations.
With all of these statistics supporting healthy and happy relationships – shouldn’t we all be working on our relationships all the time? Many people tune their car up every 3,000 miles and hire a personal trainer to help them work out. Unfortunately, people often neglect to “tune up” their relationships. Relationships take work . . . ideally, your relationship outlasts your primary parenting years and your careers. It is one of the most important aspects of your life – make sure you give it the attention and the work it deserves.
This week, our post was written by Kimberly Miller, JD, MA, LAMFT, a licensed associate marriage and family therapist, collaborative attorney, mediator, and consultant. If you would like to learn more about enrichment services and fun ways to stay focused on and improve your relationships, contact kimberly at millerandmillerllc.com. Also check out her blog and healthy relationship webinars at www.millerandmillerllc.com.
You know your employees need to be preparing for retirement, so you’re providing them the chance to do that through a 401(k) plan. You’ve got a business to run, so you have service providers that handle the details. Unless you’re writing a check to your service provider, the costs probably come out of the plan assets. Do you know how much the plan is paying your service providers? Is it reasonable? How can you tell? The Department of Labor has been on the move with some new requirements, likely to be followed by increased enforcement efforts.
On Thursday, August 16, Monica Kelley and Brita de Malignon of Gray Plant Mooty will discuss some simple steps you can take to comply with the law, monitor your service providers, and avoid becoming low-hanging fruit for the Department of Labor or a plaintiffs’ attorney.
Monica and Brita are attorneys at Gray Plant Mooty, and they both specialize in employee benefits. They work with businesses to make sure their retirement plans, health plans, and executive compensation practices are in compliance with the law and achieving their business goals.
Agenda—“Quick and Easy Guide to a Worry-Free 401(k) Plan”
Join us for a roundtable discussion over a provided lunch, plus:
- A plain English explanation of the new requirements surrounding 401(k) plan fees,
- Some short and simple ways to meet the requirements, and
- General recommendations about managing your fiduciary duties.
Monica Kelley & Brita de Malignon
401 2nd Street - Second Floor Conference Room - Hudson, WI 54016
For more information or to RSVP, please visit the EVENT PAGE
In lieu of Wisdom & Wine for the month of April, we’ve decided to host a Small Business Tax Rally.
As the April 15 tax deadline looms, we decided we wanted to do something about it. We don’t think it’s fair that small business owners get sidled with so many taxes, so we decided to hold our own tax rally. Come out in support of your small business friends and maybe even yourself to show the higher ups that be that we’re sick of footing the bill for their crazy spending habits while the finger gets pointed at us for not contributing “our fair share.”
Join us for a great afternoon get-together of like-minded friends. There will be refreshments and speeches from local politicians, Wisconsin State Representive Dean Knudson and Minnesota State Senator Dave Thompson, as well.
To register, or for more information, please visit the Event Page.
Thursday April 12, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM CDT
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Brett’s Offices above Seasons on St. Croix Gallery
401 Second Street
Hudson, WI 54016
We can’t wait to see you there!