These ordeals actually helped me become a better husband and played a part in making our marriage stronger during the process.
As I watch my three children morph from babies and kids into tweens and teens, I become more and more aware that my time with them is somewhat limited. Their world is expanding, and more and more people are entering their spheres of influence.
What if you're in a serious relationship -- perhaps thinking about marriage -- and your partner is no-room-for-negotiation sure that s/he never wants children. Perhaps you've been on the procreation fence yourself.
I once read somewhere that if you're looking for the perfect man to fulfill your dreams, become the woman you would marry if you were a man. I thought this message was right on target and so clear that it got me to start working on my self-image and take my mind off what I expected from a man.
First, understand that the issue is about you and your husband, not you and his mother. To change how you feel about this situation you must change your thinking. That said, see it as a positive thing that he has a strong relationship and values his mother -- it's not a competition.
Partners -- romantic and otherwise -- tend to fight when one feels neglected or threatened. When Peter Bregman's wife yelled from two rooms away, "at least pack the shampoo" she was feeling neglected.
After each date, I feel the urge to call someone, to tell them what I just did, to brag. That I wanted to do something that seemed porny, unattainable, and weird. And I got it. I'm getting it. I'm getting it on the regular. It's the most overtly sexual life choice I've ever made, and it's fun.
The magic of intimacy is that it can be of the soul. To be intimate simply means to be empathetically in tune with your partner, feeling their fears, desires, wishes, and needs as if they were your own.
Parenthood and dating can co-exist but those who manage them well are not struggling to acclimate to newly single lives. And they've healed to where parenthood and dating no longer collide but can share space in their life so they can mindfully and healthfully meet someone new.
In 2015, women shouldn't be held to a higher standard than men in keeping themselves attractive; they should, naturally, be valued for more than their appearance. On the other hand, in 2015, all people in their rightful convictions might strive to be just a little more flexible -- as flexible, say, as an elastic waistband.
I hope you don't overlook me because I'm not that tall, dark and handsome guy that you always seem to notice.
With Passover and Easter coming up, young adults' thoughts turn to going home. For many, it also turns their stomach as they fear the questions well-meaning relatives will ask. They fall into four categories: housing, careers, relationships, and having children.
Introverted teens require less social stimulation and appear to be more comfortable than their more outgoing extroverted peers with being alone. I say let's celebrate both personality types and stop making the assumption that introverts are at a distinct disadvantage.
For Trevor it was the culmination of years of a growing awareness of his sexual orientation. While he had experienced boyhood crushes on other boys, he always had a girl on his arm and had never dated a man.
I know that someday I will meet Mr. Right (hopefully soon!) but until then I will hold onto my sense of humor and enjoy learning about the only person that can truly make me happy -- me