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Marital Advice

A Woman Finds Her Voice and Loses Her Depression

Amy Begel | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women
Amy Begel

As a family and couples' therapist, I have the opportunity to work with many women who consider themselves depressed. Often these women see this as a purely personal struggle, believing they have a "chemical imbalance". They often feel burdened and alone, and responsible and/or guilty for their depression.

Faux vs. Full: Is Your 'True Love' Faking It?

Suzannah Galland | Posted 07.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Suzannah Galland

Imagine you are carrying around a faux Prada bag you bought for six dollars in Chinatown. It looks real. It feels real. But how long can you keep conv...

Wedding Crash Is a REAL Problem for Some Brides: Tips for Handling the Post-Wedding Blues

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.04.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Brides who have spent their whole lives dreaming about their wedding often feel a letdown when everything is over and done, and the wedding gown has been sent to the drycleaners for preservation. Suddenly, although not without warning, everything URGENT on the "Must Do" list is real life.

The 'I Miss You' Conversation

Keith Powell | Posted 02.14.2016 | Entertainment
Keith Powell

Last summer, my wife went on a two-week trip to the East Coast to visit friends and family, leaving me home alone. I did miss her, of course, but what was with the pathological desire, nay NEED, other women had for me to verbalize it?

What's Communication Got to Do With... Lasting Love?

Mark Baer | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Baer

Try and assess the ratio of positive to negative comments you make to each other. Chances are, you may need to make some adjustments in that regard, if you value your significant other and hope to celebrate many more love and romance-filled Valentine's Days together.

Killing (a Marriage) With Kindness

Amy Begel | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Begel

This was the problem with these well-meaning people in a nutshell. When Beth gets upset, or fights Larry on an idea, he withdraws. I'm not sure if he's protecting himself or her, but my guess is that it's a bit of both.  

How to Watch 'The Bachelor' With Your Wife or Girlfriend

Em & Lo | Posted 01.06.2016 | Entertainment
Em & Lo

The start of the 4,532nd season of The Bachelor means my wife has reinstated her ongoing Bachelor viewing parties with some of her female friends. Rather than rolling my eyes and hiding out in my non-existent mancave, I crack a beer and settle in next to her on our couch...because I love my wife, because I'm secure in my masculinity, and -- most importantly -- because I actually enjoy it.

The One Non-Negotiable Thing About Every Relationship

Heather Gray | Posted 01.06.2016 | Weddings
Heather Gray

We don't have to understand why someone needs something. We just have to respect that they do. If we want to be in a relationship with them, we have to respect their needs and be willing to meet them to the best of our ability.

11 Ways People Justify Staying In A Bad Marriage

Jackie Pilossoph | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Jackie Pilossoph

No marriage is easy. Even the happiest couples have their issues. That said, there are countless men and women who are in marriages they know in their hearts have gotten really bad. Yet, they stay. Why?

This Is How To Love The One You're With

Pamela Madsen | Posted 08.07.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

There is no perfect man. And in case you didn't get the memo, you aren't perfect either. The issue is that most of us don't understand relationship maintenance at all or how to care for each other past the first blush of heat. Do you really know how to love a man or are you living in constant conflict?

How To Take Control During A Midlife Crisis

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 07.12.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

What do you do when someone you thought you knew like the back of your hand mutates into someone you don't recognize? The midlife crisis. Or that's what we tend to call it.

5 Reasons To Merge Last Names When You Marry

Em & Lo | Posted 07.09.2016 | Weddings
Em & Lo

We'd retain our last names for our respective work purposes, but for family affairs we wanted to be a united front. If he wasn't going to take my last name (because why should either one of our names get special preference?), then we needed another option. For us, merging was the most elegant solution.

10 Things You May Not Know About Infidelity

Michele Weiner-Davis | Posted 05.12.2016 | Divorce
Michele Weiner-Davis

It's easy to think you will leave if your spouse betrays you, but when confronted with the reality of divorce and dissolving your marriage, the stakes are really high. It's not that overcoming the devastation of infidelity is easy, it isn't. But it can be done.

10 Important Lessons My Parents Taught Me About Marriage

Brita Long | Posted 05.16.2015 | Weddings
Brita Long

Just a few short months ago, my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Like most couples, they have also faced their fair share of challenges during the duration of their marriage, and they relied on each other to get through them. I feel fortunate to have such great role models for my own marriage.

5 Strategies for Creating a Winning Marriage

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.26.2015 | Weddings
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

There are several keys to being an effective partner in a marriage. First and foremost you have to know yourself well enough to be wise to your motivations, quirks, downfalls and strengths which will impact your marriage and you must know those same elements in your partner.

12 Pieces Of Clichéd Marriage Advice That Actually Hold True

YourTango | Posted 03.31.2015 | Weddings
YourTango

The couple that plays together, stays together.

Can This Long-Time Marriage Survive?

Dianne Harman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

Our long-time marriage has become a kind of dinosaur in this day and age where starter marriages have become the norm.

24 Marriage Lessons Every Couple Should Learn

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 11.29.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Marriage is not a 24-hour repair shop. Your marital partner is not supposed to meet your every need. Some of those needs you may have to take care of yourself. Through your friendships or other activities.

#WhyIStayed: I Wanted to Be a Hero to My Child?

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

I was shocked to read, was the following excerpt of Dr. Boyce Watkins's open letter to Janay Rice in which he calls women who stay with their abusers in order to keep their families intact "heroes."

7 Ways to Rediscover Who You Are Post-Divorce

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 11.11.2014 | Divorce
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

We get used to this person texting us, supporting us, being on the other end of the phone when we need them, and we operate around the relationship whether the relationship was healthy or unhealthy.

10 Signs Your Marriage Is On Shaky Ground

Mari Lyles | Posted 09.15.2014 | Divorce
Mari Lyles

If any of these weeds are cropping up in your marital garden, and you want to keep your marriage, try tackling the problem now, before these weeds becomes full grown bushes.

Dear Family Whisperer: How to Make Him Listen When You Need to Talk

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

If you share childcare and housework, bravo! Many women would envy you. But also give your partner a chance to do his share of the emotional work.

12 Things I've Learned In 12 Years Of Marriage

Galit Breen | Posted 08.25.2014 | Weddings
Galit Breen

Don't waste time being wistful for who you once were. Instead, stay grateful for who you are to each other today. Being grateful and present sheds the right light on everything and everyone.

Remember Your Wedding Day Is Just That -- A Day!

Raquel Kelley | Posted 07.16.2014 | Weddings
Raquel Kelley

We've all heard the cliché: It's not the wedding, but the marriage that lasts a lifetime. As we drove home from the hospital, this statement could not have been more true.

The Bedroom Mistake That Adds Distance To A Relationship

OWN | Posted 05.07.2014 | OWN

Felisha and Don, a couple from just outside Detroit, have been married for 13 years and are in the midst of a relationship crisis. Their past mistakes...