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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.

In a Marriage You Can Allow Mistakes to Eat Away at the Foundation of Your Union or You Let Them Empower You

Melissa Chapman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

I needed every experience and mistake I've made as an individual and in my marriage to help guide and get me to the next stage of my life. I won't live with regrets and I also know that in holding a grudge the only person who suffers is me.

A Good Marriage Requires Both Spouses to Embrace Sacrifice and Change

Melissa Chapman | Posted 10.04.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

That is all I have ever really wanted -- security that I could get my basic needs met. I've never felt compelled to shop every day for the most coveted purse or pair of shoes. Those were not my goals at 23 and they are not my goals at 40.

5 Things I Know for Sure About True Love

Melissa Chapman | Posted 09.14.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

Ultimately when it comes to marriage whether it is arranged or not -- true love in a marriage develops over time and is not about lust, attraction or how much time you have known this person -- rather it is when you cannot see your life without your partner for better or worse.

The 5 Arguments You Should Avoid AT all Costs in Your Marriage

Melissa Chapman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

And as a woman who has been in the marriage trenches for 15 years, while I don't have a degree in counseling, my degree in the hard knock world of marriage has taught me some lessons about what it takes to STAY MARRIED.

What I Learned About Love Watching My Mother Go On Her First Date In 51 Years

Melissa Chapman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Melissa Chapman

I don't think any marriage or relationship is perfect. I think I learned this watching my parents alternate between arguing with great passion and heat -- and in the very same breath bearing witness to that same intensity spill over into their love for one another.

Five Secrets of Happyish Married Couples

Melissa Chapman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

I would be doing you a huge disservice and basically lying through my teeth if I told you that marriage is always smooth sailing. It isn't, but nothing that is truly worth it's weight is easy.

Sometimes We Need to Walk in Our Spouse's Shoes Before We Can Truly Understand Them

Melissa Chapman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

Sometimes we need to walk in our spouse's shoes before we can truly understand them.

In My Marital Courtship Timing Was Everything

Melissa Chapman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

My daughter, who has become utterly fascinated by the huge age gap between my husband and I recently asked my husband why, after all those years of being alone did he finally choose me?

3 Reasons Getting Rid of Fleas Is the GLUE That Holds a Marriage Together

Melissa Chapman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Fifty
Melissa Chapman

I was recently on Facebook and someone asked a question, "Would you consider the first year of marriage to be a honeymoon?" To which I responded, "Hell to the No. It is a period of adjustment and trying to find your new normal."

There Are Some Arguments That a Marriage Must Endure

Melissa Chapman | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Melissa Chapman

Whether or not Gd/Hashem exists, this religion has made my daughter see the world as a benevolent place, to see a higher power as forgiving and loving -- and to feel this sense of security about her destiny in a way that my husband never will.

15 Reasons Being Married Doesn't Suck

Melissa Chapman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

My marriage has wrapped me in a cocoon of unconditional love -- and has on occasion saved me from drowning in a sea of pity and self-doubt. My marriage is the partnership I wished for and while it is no where NEAR perfect, it is mine and I cherish it.

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.

In a Marriage, Is Silence Golden or Deadly?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 11.16.2013 | Divorce
Melissa Chapman

Before you start writing us off -- and taking bets on who will get to keep the house (FYI -- my husband says he will be buried in our house) here are my thoughts on the all-important "is silence golden or deadly to your relationship?" debate:

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self About Marriage?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

I wonder, having had the experience and knowledge I have now -- would I have done it all the same? The Answer: Yes, but gosh if I could give my 25-year-old self advice about the next 14 years of life and marriage here are just a few things I would say:

If Your Spouse Cheated, Would You Demand All the Nitty-Gritty Details?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Divorce
Melissa Chapman

Why would a woman want to hear the lurid details of her husband's sexual encounters with another woman?

Why I Don't Want a 40th Birthday Party

Melissa Chapman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Melissa Chapman

pparently, when one turns 40, one is expected to celebrate in a spectacularly grandiose fashion. One is supposed to go into their fourth decade on this planet roaring like a lion, taking 40 by the horns and MAKE 40 THEIR BITCH. Or so I've been told.

How Strong Is Your Marriage...Can It Sustain a Lifetime?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 08.19.2013 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

Today June 19, 2013 marks the day my mother and father would have been married to each other for 47 years. My dad passing in May 2011 robbed them of ...

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.

4 Things Every Woman Should Do Before She Gets Married

Melissa Chapman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Women
Melissa Chapman

If I had the luxury of what I know now after 14 years of marriage back when I was an unattached single girl living in the city, what would I say to my younger self?

Growth Hormone Injections: Should I Subject My Son to Them?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I want to believe that our physical appearances don't reflect who we are and that those who will love and appreciate him will do so because of his spirit, his personality and his infectious grin.

Older Women, Younger Men: Is There a Double Standard?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Melissa Chapman

I'll admit it -- I've always had a sugar daddy complex.

When You First Meet Your Spouse, Who Thinks About the Possibility of Breast Cancer?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I wanted so desperately to start a family with this man -- to produce little people who were essentially products of our love. Hearing the very sobering news that part of his DNA could cause our daughter to experience any type of pain in the future, well, it's painful for me to even type.

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.