I spoke to the coolest (former) Army wife ever. Her husband is a West Point graduate, a Ranger, a Harvard MBA and a great all-around guy. He was deployed in Iraq during the middle of the last decade. While she may not have had the exact same experience as most Army wives, I'm sure it was more similar than it was different. We're not trying to downplay the stresses, especially while pregnant during a deployment, but we'd like to point out there are some real perks to being married to a soldier, sailor, airman or marine.
True or false: The can't-keep-your-hands-off-each-other honeymoon phase will inevitably wear off in a relationship, especially once you're married. If you're like most of us, you probably answered "true." But before you panic that marriage automatically turns late-night rendezvous into late-night Letterman, know this: according to a recent survey of more than 20,000 people conducted by YourTango, Glo and Chemistry.com, 90 percent of people believe that if attraction in a relationship decreases it's possible to reignite it. Even better news? It's true! There's proof that the high people get from first falling in love actually can persist years into a relationship.
March 27 is Black Marriage Day. But what's race got to do with it? If you're wondering why you haven't heard of Hispanic Marriage Day or Asian Marriage Day or Native American Marriage Day—you get my drift—it's because they don't exist.
As if relationships weren't complicated enough, we're forced to add math, paperwork and the IRS into the mix this time of year. It almost makes us want to take our chances and hide from Uncle Sam on a tropical beach somewhere. But before plotting your own escape, consider these six big tax mistakes that couples make—and how to avoid them.
Before Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot—something we've been waiting for nearly as long as Kate has—they have to participate in several marriage preparation sessions with the priests who will be involved in their wedding ceremony. The media has seized upon this fact, mostly because of Prince Charles's and Princess Diana's divorce but, in truth, this isn't anything out of the ordinary. In fact, in some faiths, it's a requirement. Are church and state wrong to be butting in on our marriage plans? Or should premarital counseling be something all couples participate in?
In December we learned that Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting premarital counseling, which got us to wondering: How common is premarital counseling? Does it work? Are people generally in favor of it, or not? Take our survey below and let us know what you think!
Not ready to give your former fling the boot? Unsure if your new cutie is meant to be? Relax, and let Moonit take the guesswork out of the decision. Simply gather up your crush and your ex's birthdates and put them into the love calculator. You're just a few clicks away from finding out which one is your match made in heaven. You need a Frames Capable browser to view this content.
It's National Marriage Week! To celebrate we've asked 50 YourTango Experts to share their best marriage advice. Here, then, are what may well be the 50 best marriage tips ever.
If you and your sweetheart is like most people, you both start the New Year filled with resolve to live better, only to have your strength melt into a little puddle at the first faint whiff of a doughnut. Good news: if you're in a romantic relationship, you've got someone in your corner. Follow this advice, and watch your resolutions go from impossible to totally doable right before your eyes.
Our relationship had never been boring. After meeting on Friendster two years earlier, I immediately began dragging him along to a series of Moroccan restaurants, dive bars, and techno clubs I was reviewing for a nightlife guide. Now, he was standing beside me, wearing a full Santa suit, clutching a hat and fake beard in his fist, and staring pointedly at his spat-clad sneakers. This time, we were trying out Santacon, an annual dawn-to-dark mass gathering that celebrated spontaneity, ingenuity, and riotous holiday cheer. What more could you ask for?
Adding a new person to the family, especially a new daughter-in-law, can threaten mom's position as matriarch-in-chief. There won't be friction in every situation, but we've heard enough complaints about getting along with mothers-in-law to know that many of you could use some help in this department. So in the interest of family harmony, here are seven tips for spending the holidays with your new mom.
"The holidays can be extremely stressful for relationships. There's a lot of pressure with holiday gift giving and meeting your partner's friends and family," says dating coach Julie Spira, and we couldn't agree more. To that end, we've polled the YourTango Experts and pulled together our top nine tips for a successful visit to your partner's family.
You can spend your whole life looking for the man who loves you for who you truly are, knows about your oddest behaviors and still accepts you, or you can pick up your phone and call your best guy friend—because he already is that man. It may be weird to start thinking of him in "that way" but it all comes down to two words: shared history. Need more? Here are ten reasons to help push you over the edge.
He's the greatest man on earth, the reason you've always had such high standards where men are concerned. He's a protector, provider, and sometimes jokester, and for that there will never be anyone better. Except the father of your own children, who has oddly enough started spouting some of the old familiar "Dad-isms" he swore he'd never say. And so, in celebration of all the dads out there: our favorite dad-speak and what to get the dad who says it.
It goes without saying that we no longer live in the time of the Huxtables (much less the Cleavers). But what makes families today different from how they used to be? We decided to investigate. Using facts from census data and recent studies on child-rearing, work, and marriage, we've narrowed down seven qualities that characterize the new American family.