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Couples and Relationships

Anatomy of a 16-Year Wedding Anniversary Present (or What Not to Give Your Wife)

Melissa Chapman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

So basically what you are saying is that -- after 16 years of marriage -- you think the best gift to give me are two pillows and a sheet?

Love Is Waiting For A Test Result and Having Someone Hold Your Hand

Melissa Chapman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I learned that love -- true, gut-wrenching, walk through fire, lay down everything for someone love -- is simply just holding their hand.

Can a Marriage Without Kids Survive?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melissa Chapman

For me kids are a life game changer -- and while I would never stay in my marriage if I felt it was no longer a loving and supportive relationship, I know that having my kids keeps me grounded and forces me to work on it so that I can provide them with a two parent home that is their soft place to fall.

3 Gifts I Don't Want For Mother's Day

Melissa Chapman | Posted 06.29.2013 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I get quite a few gift pitches, especially when a national Hallmark-sanctioned holiday is right around the corner, and Mother's Day is no exception. I'm not sure who is writing the bulk of these pitches, but based on their sex slant, I'm going to go with men.

The Case for Procreation, or Why Having Kids Keeps Me Married

Melissa Chapman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I have to be honest; I look at couples who have managed to stay married sans kids and am mystified by what keeps them bound in matrimony.

Finding Balance In My Marriage

Melissa Chapman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

Here I am in my marriage -- and I think I'm finally getting it -- the fact that both my husband and I CANNOT be the dream receivers simultaneously. What is a dream receiver you ask? It's the person in the marriage/relationship who gets to live out their dream, their fantasy.