effective communication, nagging
The opposite of effective communication.

Nagging Can Ruin Your Kid's Future Relationship: I'm Living Proof

If the Olympic games offered nagging as a competitive sport, my mother would take the gold, silver and bronze. I never wanted to be like my mother, and I consciously chose to be as un-nag-like as possible in all my relationships. And when I got married, I let a lot of things happen that I didn't necessarily want to happen, simply because I was too afraid to speak up. I have learned the hard way that marriage is all about communication and without it, well, it's just a matter of time before someone asks for a divorce...if they can get up the nerve to actually ask for one.

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He loves me...he loves me not?

How I Lost Myself To The Idea Of Love: A Cautionary Tale

We shared a mutual attraction, the same sense of humor. But as I imagined a future with him, he lived for instant gratification. He wasn't open to falling in love. He was just passing through. And you know what? I wasn't falling in love with him either. I was simply in love with the idea of love. And that's a dangerous trap.

7 Surprising Signs Your Online Dating Privacy Is At Risk
Do you think an "Internet cookie" is a delicious online treat? Uh oh!

7 Signs Your Online Dating Privacy Is At Risk

Have you read your online dating site's privacy policy? Does your profile use a picture from your Facebook or LinkedIn page? Your might be leaving yourself vulnerable. Read on for signs your privacy is at risk.

relationships, intimacy, trust issues, trapeze
The author in flight. Photo: Carla Ciccone

When I Wouldn't Confront My Trust Issues, They Confronted Me

Trapeze artists might be some of the bravest people in the world, but they're also among the most vulnerable. Tremendous trust—in themselves, other people, and the universe—is necessary to be able to climb up a 25-foot ladder, grab onto a thin bar, and jump. Relationships have always been my trapeze bars.

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Forge a brave path to your soulmate. Photo: Mark Do, Flickr

What Happily Single People Can Teach Us About Choosing A Soulmate

Single and pursuing a romantic relationship? There are two very different ways to do so—from a position of strength and from a sense of fear. Those who are afraid of being single are running away from single life. But those who come from a position of strength seek romantic relationships as a means to add something valuable to their lives. Here's what they understand about choosing the right partner.

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marriage, husband before kids
A new baby changes the whole relationship dynamic.

Why I Always Put My Husband Before My Child

Because I want to stay happily married and give our three-year-old son the kind of joyful home I didn't have while I was growing up, I put my marriage first. That's right. My husband comes before anyone else in my life, including my beloved child.

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As the spouse of a firefighter, one of my main duties is to keep curiosity at bay.

A Year After Hurricane Sandy, A First Responder's Wife Reflects

Batteries line the kitchen counter next to several flashlights. My husband, Jim, places several matchbooks in my hand in an act of love, instructing me to use them sparingly over the next 24 hours that he'll be gone, then kisses my forehead and makes his way out the front door. A severe storm is on its way, but none of us have any idea what Hurricane Sandy has in store for us.

love, happy marriage
Father (and mother and sister and minister) knows best.

10 Secrets Of Healthy Marriages—From The People I Love Most

Last June, my husband and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. 

Last June, we celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. 

We're happier together now than we were on our wedding day, but that doesn't mean that life has been perfect...or even easy. We've had plenty of setbacks over the years, from soul-crushing jobs to my miscarriage last August. But we've managed to stick it out, thanks to our commitment—and some important lessons from people who love us. 

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Chicken rollatini: an easy meal you can whip up using Plated's subscription service.

Home-Cooked Dinners For Busy Couples? It's Possible With 'Plated'

I always find time to cook because I love doing it—and more importantly, I love the person I cook for. But finding time during a busy work week is, well, you probably know how it is. Enter Plated, a service that that lets you order dinner subscription boxes online. It's perfect for busy couples who want to prepare home-cooked meals with a dash of convenience.