by: Monique Honaman, JD, MLIR
Here’s my question: Why is it so difficult to say something, anything, even just an, “I'm sorry” not when we personally did anything wrong to someone else, but when that someone else is going through something difficult?Why do some people hear of someone else going through a rough patch and decide to disappear for a while. Suddenly, they are too busy for a phone call, too busy to stop by, too busy to write a quick email!What’s going on here?
by: Sharon O'Neill, Ed.S, LMFT
All too often in my marriage and family therapy practice I hear couples talking about how they havelost connection; and how, along with all the confusing feelings that accompany that loss, they also no longer have their best friend to lean on in the marriage.So I ask, “What have you done lately to connect with your partner?”
by: Cheryl Donavan
Far too often we spend our time planning the wedding rather than the marriage. I too was guilty of this oversight in my first marriage.Although I had dated my first husband for a few years, dating and living together are two different things. Apparently it’s easy to keep up appearances when the two of you are going to separate households at the end of the evening.
by: Gary Stokes
“Every man on this planet is taking his initiation in love.” Florence Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It I went to a mini-reunion of former high school classmates recently, and found myself in a crowd of long-marrieds. Almost none of my dozen classmates in attendance had been divorced, and someone asked me how long I had been married. I said I have been happily married for 17 years--this time.
by: Janeen Diamond
When I made the life-altering decision to leave my husband 25 years ago, I had no idea what the next 25 years would bring.I thought I had the world by the tail back then, and in some ways I did.In other ways, not so much.
Looking back, there are a few simple “rules” I’ve come to realize should never be broken within the bonds of marriage.Follow these rules, and success will be much more likely.
by: Dr. Felicia Clark
Does your relationship struggle because you feel unappreciated? Learn why a woman letting a man meet her needs is key to happiness.
The word “husbandry” means the act or practice of cultivating.
by: Michele Sfankianos
Be prepared, your new marriage will be affected by a lack of privacy. This is part of having children in your house. Communication plays a key part in keeping the spark.
Establishing house rules:
The first year or so is the hardest on your sex life. The honeymoon hormones are flying at the same time you are adjusting. It
by: Janeen Diamond
Divorce can be a real drag. I know because I’ve been there.It can be a drain on everything from your bank account to your emotional health.And while it can be one of the toughest things you’ll ever experience, I promise you will recover. There are five very powerful ways to move on that will leave you feeling hopeful, renewed and strong.After reading these suggestions, add your own ideas to the list.No one knows better than you what motivates you,
by: Tammy Greene
So many times I hear people say the words, “They just don’t appreciate me.” Maybe you felt that way in your previous marriage, or maybe you have heard your current spouse say those words about you.Whatever the case, feeling appreciated is a common need we all share.It is a basic human desire to know all that we give and all we do doesn’t go unnoticed.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines appreciation as, “an expression of admiration, approval or gratitude.
by: Jim Duzak, JD
I have a question for the married women reading this: Have you kissed your husband lately? I’m not talking about that quick peck on the cheek you gave him this morning when you or he rushed off to work. I mean a real kiss,the kind of kiss the two of you used to have when you were first seeing each other, the kind of kiss that flooded your bodies and your souls with passion, the kind of kiss that could have gone on forever.
by: Tina Swithin
I spent three years tilting my head slightly sideways as I tried to decipher the emails that came through from my ex-husband.Sometimes I was forced to pinch myself—was I awake or was I dreaming? Did he really just write that?In an effort to save my sanity, I came up with an invention which I affectionately refer to as the “Narc Decoder.”
After three years of emails and text messages that left me in a constant state of fight or flight,