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Marriage Advice

Want to Improve Your Relationship? Get Kids and a Pet!

Allen Vaysberg | Posted 02.06.2015 | Weddings
Allen Vaysberg

So how could having children and a pet improve your relationship? Because both of them teach you the following five lessons which, when mastered, should be applied to your loved one also.

How to Salvage a Valentine's Day Gone Wrong

Ashleigh Slater | Posted 02.06.2015 | Weddings
Ashleigh Slater

Our first V-Day as husband and wife is recorded in our marital history book as our worst. By far. Looking back, though, I see that Ted's proverbial foot in the mouth didn't have to spoil that particular February 14th. A fight didn't need to follow.

Coffee and Kisses Are Cuter than Kinky

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 02.06.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

At midlife, most of us don't have time or money to waste so we'd rather dim the lights, turn on some Luther Vandross and holler "Come and get it!" before it's time for the evening news and some salve on our aching backs.

The Valentines Day Secret To Keeping Your Marriage Healthy

Silvia Solis | Posted 02.05.2015 | Weddings
Silvia Solis

Relationships can stand the test of time. The "secret" to keeping your partnership strong and healthy is to treat each day as if it were your anniversary or Valentine's Day.

The Most Important Marriage Lesson My Dad Taught Me After My Divorce

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 02.05.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

One day I will meet someone who loves loud, quirky, and sometimes anxious. I am good enough as is and a strong marriage requires two people who accept each other for who they are inside.

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

Then-And-Now Photos of 19 Couples Will Make You Believe in Lasting Love

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling and Damon Scheleur | Posted 02.04.2015 | Fifty

Since 1990, the divorce rate for Americans 50 and older has doubled, even as the overall divorce rate has fallen. But despite the bleak statistics, su...

How To Rekindle Your Stagnant Marriage In An Empty Nest

The GypsyNesters | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

Like most couples, we entered the empty nest phase of our lives pretty much the same way we entered the world, starry-eyed and clueless. We had our big 'now what?' moment and stumbled ahead, knowing that we had to do something to reconnect as the couple that fell in love all those years ago.

Why I Married A Man I Didn't Love (And What I Learned)

Shelley Wetton | Posted 02.09.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

If I found someone fast, my son wouldn't remember a mommy who was lonely and alone. And this is precisely how I arrived at the altar a second time -- broken, clinically depressed and desperate for a world that resembled that movie reel of what once was.

18 Little White Lies Married Couples Tell Each Other

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 01.30.2015 | Weddings

Let the record state that we do not condone lying to your husband or wife -- well, not really, anyway. But some fibs between spouses are so innocent a...

5 Ways To Improve Your Odds Of Living Happily Ever After

The Good Men Project | Posted 01.30.2015 | Weddings
The Good Men Project

If you want a better shot at a marriage that lasts a lifetime, taking these actions before the big day will help you avoid becoming just another statistic and make it to the happily ever after.

6 Ways to Cut Your Partner Some Slack

Andi Wickman | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Andi Wickman

As busy moms, we need to slow down, take a breath and treat our husbands as the equal partners they are.

36 Questions You're Sure to Hear in a Long-Term Marriage

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.30.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

It's an interesting proposition -- that two people can fall in love simply by answering these 36 questions. I tend to agree with those who commented on the column that one makes a choice to fall in love.

The One Big, Not-So-Secret Secret Of A Happy Relationship

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 01.29.2015 | Weddings
Mary-Lou Stephens

Sometimes I want to be weak and helpless and have someone else to blame for everything that's wrong in my life. But if that's true, where does it leave me? What can I learn or improve from that position of helplessness?

12 Pieces Of Clichéd Marriage Advice That Actually Hold True

YourTango | Posted 01.29.2015 | Weddings
YourTango

The couple that plays together, stays together.

A Modern Manual For Happiness

Emily Ballard | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

Feeling uncomfortable doesn't mean you're doing life wrong, and investigating your discomfort won't kill you. It'll do quite the opposite, actually -- it'll let you fully live.

8 Brutally Honest Lessons I Learned About Love From My Therapist

YourTango | Posted 01.26.2015 | Divorce
YourTango

If you've never sat on a stranger's couch with a box of tissues in your lap, bawling your eyes out as a kind-eyed man smiles without judgment or criticism, then you don't know what you're missing.

Do You Fight Fair?

Dr. Wendy Rice | Posted 01.23.2015 | Weddings
Dr. Wendy Rice

There are some people who get ugly and abusive when they argue, and there are others who can discuss and argue and be productive.

When Love Is Like A River (And Other Terrible Cliches)

Kate Baer | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

I didn't realize it until there were two of them, until I looked over at Austin one night and realized we are basically roommates chasing a drunk toddler and passing a newborn back and forth in a game of grownup hot potato.

On Parenthood And Partnership

Jess Ullrich | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Jess Ullrich

These days, it's sometimes hard to recall who we were before parenthood. Sure, you're still you and I'm still me, but having two kids in just as many years has made it difficult to take a breath and step outside of our roles as mother and father.

Stimulation: Is It All About Sex?

Susan Saper Galamba | Posted 01.20.2015 | Divorce
Susan Saper Galamba

If you're in a relationship, it's even more important to understand what besides sex stimulates you and why. If you don't know what stimulates you, or alternatively, turns you off, how can you expect your partner to know?

Rx for Infidelity: When Infidelity Has Invaded Your Head, Heart and Sexual Health

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 01.16.2015 | Divorce
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

There are many residual wounds that linger long after the affair for all couples but if the cheated-on person was given an STD this has many deeper layers of anger, hurt and betrayal, which further exacerbate the experience of infidelity.

12 Lessons Learned In 12 Years Of Marriage

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 01.23.2015 | Weddings
Justin Ricklefs

We were young, in love and ready for marriage when we said yes in our early twenties. But that doesn't necessarily mean we were prepared.

Marriage, Hurt Egos and Good Intentions

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.15.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I was seething. The layers of resentment that hover on a daily basis, waiting for a weak moment, leapt at me. Laundry, lunches, cat litter, pet food, coffee, bills, rehearsal schedules and permission slips.

3 Things You Absolutely, Positively Need In A Mate

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Weddings
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

Based on a collective 25,000 years of marriage (described in my recent book), here are three of the elders' tips for making the smart decision about a mate.