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How to Nurture Personal Development for Kids

Every child has an individual personality, but their upbringing also shapes their future temperament. Parents and guardians need to be aware of this so that they can help the child as much as possible during critical stages of development. There are various things that every parent can do to help their children have their own positive personal development, and grow into confident, strong individuals.

[VIDEO] Laughing Through 45 Years of Marriage | {THE AND} Marie & Stanley

Married for 45 years, Marie (she/her) and Stanley (he/him) are as connected as a couple can be. They do everything together, and have come to {THE AND} space on Stanley's birthday. They discuss their first meeting, their equal power in their relationship, and crack up about Marie wanting Stanley to clean their garage and Stanley wanting to keep it as it is. We'd like to thank Marie and Stanley for participating openly & vulnerably in our project. We appreciate what they've shared with us and hope you do as well.

Why Deep Friendships Are Important & How to Foster Them

Building close friendships with other people can make a world of difference in your own happiness. Although making connections with people might seem like an impossible task at times, remember that potential friends are everywhere and with 15 seconds of bravery you could strike up a conversation that could lead to having a new best friend. Once a connection is established, nurturing relationships past the superficial level does require time, effort, and intention. The Skin Deep team has witnessed the development of that deeper friendship connection firsthand through hundreds of hours witnessing real friends ask thoughtful and dynamic questions. As a result of that work, we have put together this article to show you the easiest ways to simplify that path, make the process fun, and ultimately develop friendships that go beyond the surface level.

12 Challenging Questions to Ask in a Romantic Relationship

What are the fundamental questions to ask yourself if you want to know whether you are in a healthy, dynamic and resilient relationship? What are the most important questions to get to know someone?

I want to share with you the 12 questions I’ve seen work that draw out key conversations that catalyze insight into finding these answers. 

This insight is derived from  {THE AND} Project in which my team and I at The Skin Deep hosted over a thousand conversations between people over the last 8 years in the endeavor of building a library of human connection. These are deep questions to ask that I’ve seen work time and time again, regardless of sexual expression, polyamorous or monogamous, queer or not, new or long term. 

The Shifting Spectrum of Human Connection

What strikes me most now, 6 years later and post Covid, are two things; first how quickly we humans adapt. Covid has thrown oil on the fire of the acceleration of changing human relations such that we are connecting in completely new ways, and yet we are so fast at adjusting. The result is that we aren’t even aware of how we change. 

How to Take Your Relationship to the Next Level

Even though it’s often an exciting time when you first get into a relationship, we all know how they can also get very difficult and frustrating at times. There are so many emotions involved in dating and it can often seem like a whirlwind as you navigate how you feel, how your potential partner feels, what you have in common, where you are different, and what all of that means for the future of the relationship. We’ve seen it many times over the last decade as we have created products and content that highlights the human experience and human connection. Read on to get our tips on moving things to the next level when you think both parties might be ready for a new chapter. Hopefully, this will help you take things from “it’s complicated” or “just dating” to “they’re my ride or die.”