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Joel Schwartzberg

Joel Schwartzberg

Posted: February 12, 2011 01:34 PM

Old habits die hard, but when it comes to Valentine's Day traditions you had with a former spouse, die they must.

When you're in a subsequent marriage or relationship, it's imperative to burn the old playbook and write a new one -- especially one customized to your new partner's joys, loves, and unique tickles. On Valentine's Day, your partner needs to know she's the one, not the "second one." Here are five no-nonsense, no-expense ways to make that loud and clear.

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Nothing makes a new partner feel better than knowing she's special, so don't just do a generic "flowers and candy" thing. Discover her favorite flower, her favorite snack, her favorite color, her favorite restaurant, her favorite band, her favorite jewel, her favorite movie, her favorite dessert. Don't know those things? Send her an email questionnaire (with plenty of false leads). She'll love playing along. And save that response -- it'll come in handy later.
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Joel Schwartzberg is the author of "The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad" -- an award-winning collection of personal essays -- and is a very happily-remarried man.

 
 
 

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