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Enthusiastic Spouses (aka Cheerleaders) Have Happy Marriages

Enthusiastic Spouses (aka Cheerleaders) Have Happy Marriages

Last summer when my brother was getting married, I inundated him with the science of happily married couples. I wanted to give him a guide to not making the mistakes I had made. My “best woman” toast was very nearly a litany of advice. It was a bit much for him. “Why would I listen to my DIVORCED sister when it comes to managing my marriage?” he once teased, trying (in vain) to shut me up.

Will You Wear A Wedding Ring?  Prince William’s Teachable Moment

Will You Wear A Wedding Ring? Prince William’s Teachable Moment

As the internet, radio, and magazines buzz with news about the upcoming royal wedding, one new bit of gossip has us “normal people” reacting strongly. The issue? Prince William’s announcement that he will not be wearing a wedding ring. The ring is not just an icon of the wedding but a fantastic window into the topic of what it means to be married. What does a groom's wedding ring mean to you? Does it feel different than the bride's wedding ring?

Getting Older is Fabulous.

Getting Older is Fabulous.

I recently turned 40 and I love it. I have actually loved everything about getting older since I hit 30. For me, there is absolutely nothing that didn't get BETTER in my life as I got further away from my 20's and deeper into my 30's. I am thrilled to be in my 40's. It's true! Why am I so gung-ho about aging?

My Mother-in-Law: Intricacies of Communication in Marriage

My Mother-in-Law: Intricacies of Communication in Marriage

My mother-in-law has moved to town. . . one street over. Believe it or not, this is a good thing in many ways. We get along well. We’ve even traveled together. But this is the first time in 34 years of marriage that Greg and I have lived in the same city with his mom. We now have a whole new set of things to communicate about!

Understanding Conflict

Understanding Conflict

Have you read Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus? Did you know since 1992, Dr. John Gray has written more than 16 books about the relationship dynamics between men (Martians) and women (Venusians)? His first book has sold over 20 million copies, has been translated into over 54 languages, and in the 90s outsold all other books except the Bible? People often think of relationship dynamics being just for people in an intimate relationship.

How To Ask Questions Without Interrogating Your Date

How To Ask Questions Without Interrogating Your Date

You’re on a date with a guy and you want to figure out quickly if he is the type of guy you should pursue. You know from your past experience that you haven’t been the best judge of men and as a result you have wasted precious time on guys who are not right for you.

Date Night Won't Keep the Spark Alive

Date Night Won't Keep the Spark Alive

You’ve heard it said that familiarity breeds contempt. Taken literally, that means the better you know someone, the more contempt you’ll feel for that person. I dunno. I know my husband really, really well and I’m not contemptuous of him at all. I think, however, that in a relationship, familiarity can breed boredom and laziness.

Take Your Laughter Seriously!

Take Your Laughter Seriously!

Trying something different, my friend steered away from Wednesday evening meatloaf and broke out with a never-tried-before tuna casserole for three hungry mouths. Ages 3, 6, and 8, these food critics held nothing back. 3 year-old: “Mommy, how many bites do I have to take before I can have ice cream?” 6 year-old: ”Mommy, this is really bad.” 8 year-old (and sympathizer): “Hey, it’s not that bad. Just put a bunch of guacamole on it and you can barely taste anything.”

Your “Soul Mate” is her husband.

Your “Soul Mate” is her husband.

Your “Soul Mate” is her husband. With technology we are all connected all the time. We can skype, text and talk to people anywhere in the world. It is amazing that with all of this technology our relationships have not gotten smarter. In fact, we are still trying to date married people. Married people posing as possible dates on social networks are as common as pollen in the spring. Every week I hear at least one story from someone who believes they have found their soul mate in a married man or woman they met online.