stepfamilies

Stage Review: TARZAN at Tuacahn

Stage Review: TARZAN at Tuacahn

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic) I took my daughter to Disney's Tarzan at Southern Utah's Tuacahn Ampitheatre, and it's as masterful a stage production as I’ve ever witnessed. In terms of story and character it’s an improvement over the already-strong Disney film, with moments of powerful emotional resonance among the energetic dancing, vertigo-inducing vine-swinging, an ...[Read More]

marriage

Is Your Marriage Built to Last? How to Know For Sure.

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT) I recently appeared on The HD Radio Show with Bryan Hyde to discuss the principles and practices of lasting marriages, including smart dating before marriage and healthy sexuality within that relationship. We also touched on building strong step-families and followed up on our previous discussion about Utah declaring pornography to be public health cris ...[Read More]

stepfamily

6 Keys for Successful StepFamilies

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT Although increasingly common, stepfamilies (or “blended” families) are often misunderstood. Old-fashioned types may see them as abnormal. Well-meaning “progressives” erroneously assume that blended families are the same as first-marriage families “once the dust settles.” Research and experience demonstrate, however, that “the idea that the st ...[Read More]