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Marital Advice

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

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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 05.16.2014 | 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...

In A Bad Relationship? New Study Says You Can Blame Your Parents

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Divorce

Love life got you down? It might be time to take a look back on your teenage years. A new study says your relationship with your parents during adoles...

What Marriage Is Really Like After 23 Years

Shelley Emling | Posted 03.18.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Today is my wedding anniversary. Yep, it was exactly 23 years ago that I eloped with the man of my dreams, tying the knot wearing jeans and a black ...

Marrying Him Won't Make Your Friends Like Him if They Hated Him Before -- It Just Screws Up Your Friendships

Sandy Malone | Posted 03.08.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Every person out there has suffered through a close friend's boyfriend or girlfriend that they couldn't stand. It's a fact of life.

Caught Between 'Longing' And 'Settling" In Your Midlife Marriage?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Douglas LaBier

Linda was worried. She and her husband had been experiencing more conflict, lately, especially since their two children had finished college and were off on their own. She said it felt like they were on different wavelengths about nearly everything - sex, money, lifestyle.

Does Physical Attractiveness Make a Happy Marriage?

Renee Fisher | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Doesn't it take longer than four years to realize you are married to someone whose face has now been consumed by their neck and whose nose is either much larger than was originally presented or has now started to sprout acres of nose hair?

It Is Possible for a Married Couple to Work and Live Together in Harmony - Tips for Successfully Spending 24/7 With Your Spouse

Sandy Malone | Posted 02.08.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Our first few years of marriage, I frequently travelled for business, so we never got enough time together. Now we live in what equates to the world's tiniest town, where we work together all day and can't leave the island after dark. You wanna talk about marital challenges?

The Big Lie Couples Tell Themselves Before Marriage

Sandy Malone | Posted 09.03.2013 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

There is one thing that I know about choosing the person that you're going to spend the rest of your life with -- whoever he or she is when you get married, what you see is what you get. You're not going to change them because of some vows and rings.

6 Unconventional Ways To Save Your Marriage

The Huffington Post | Ashley Reich | Posted 07.01.2013 | Divorce

When a couple's marriage is on the rocks, they typically seek advice from friends, family and marriage counselors. After all, what better way to save ...

Do You and Your Spouse Argue Over Drinking? How to Avoid Armageddon

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Over my 25 years of experience as a psychologist, I gradually came to realize that drinking may be one of the most common yet least talked about causes of marital conflict. Unfortunately, in the couples I've worked with this issue is often swept under the carpet.

Love Lessons: How to Form a Less-Perfect Union, the Kind That Lasts

Tamar Chansky | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

The perfect gift this Valentine's Day may just be imperfection -- deciding to not fear it, together. Vow to each other that you'll hang in differently with a fight.

The Most Surprising Change In My Marriage After Having Kids

Francesca Kaplan Grossman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Francesca Kaplan Grossman

We expect that our children will grow to resemble us, in looks and in actions. Our son has my husband's soul, our daughter has my spirit; they both have his eyes. But I never expected to grow to resemble him. Or him me. And it is this change that is the most surprising of all.

The 10 Questions You Should Answer Before Entering Into Same-Sex Marriage

Rob Watson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

As my Republican mother ungraciously asked me, "Why do you write in favor of gay marriage so much when you blew your own?" She is wrong. Gay marriage is right. But she is right that although I worked hard on mine, it did go wrong. So here my lessons from that.

6 Reasons Marriage Counseling Is BS

Laura Doyle | Posted 12.12.2012 | Divorce
Laura Doyle

If you want to save your marriage, for the love of God, don't go to marriage counseling.

Is Your Relationship Really In Trouble?

Posted 11.26.2012 | OWN

By Leigh Newman Discover the tiny, seemingly insignificant signs that may mean things are going to get rocky between the two of you. All marriag...

The Weirdest Conversation I Ever Had With Another Couple

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.22.2012 | Weddings
Ann Bauer

She reveals monogamous marriage to be nothing more than an artificial construct, he went on, devised by society to keep people docile and in their place.

The Bedroom Secret That Can Save Your Sex Life

Iris Krasnow | Posted 07.04.2012 | Weddings
Iris Krasnow

Many couples I interviewed keep that mystery alive through separate bedrooms and separate bathrooms that separate their sex lives and annoying personal rituals.

The 7 WORST Reasons To Tie The Knot

Meredith Bodgas | Posted 03.01.2013 | Weddings
Meredith Bodgas

There's really only one good reason to get married: because you've found your soul mate.

Why I Didn't Have To 'Think Like A Man' To Get Mine

Charli Penn | Posted 06.23.2012 | Weddings
Charli Penn

Not every man is a conniving genius who strategically plans out every play or pass he makes at you. If you believe that, I think you're giving some men too much credit.

The Vow You Should Take At Your Wedding

Anne Naylor | Posted 05.08.2012 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

Forgiveness is one of the building blocks that makes for a successful marriage. Not only does self-forgiveness dampen the fires of fury, but more important, it enables you to deepen your love and appreciation for the other person.

How To Stop Playing The 'Blame Game'

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted 05.14.2012 | Weddings
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

By the blame game, I am referring to fights in which each spouse insists on being right and that the other is wrong. We've all played the blame game at some time or another.

Can These 4 Words Predict A Successful Marriage?

Carly Cylinder | Posted 05.13.2012 | Weddings
Carly Cylinder

Although her fiancé may not give a damn if there are roses or dahlias or freesia or mums in their wedding, she will ask him, "What do you think?"