I love Dean, but in the bright light of wedding planning I found myself picking him apart. I watched eHarmony.com commercials and wondered how I could know that we were meant to be together if we were never paired by experts based on the nine dimensions of compatibility. I spun myself up more than a dozen times weighing all the pros and cons (in an Excel spreadsheet, no less) and fretting over the unknowns. Read about how I overcame my fears.
Guys often forget relationship anniversaries, according to every bad comedian's jokes since about 1965, and various magazines and TV shows since then. It can seem inconsiderate on the surface, and men get a lot of heat for not taking relationship anniversaries seriously. We've got a pretty good excuse to cover for our mistakes: we don't care, because anniversaries are stupid.
Poll: How Do You Usually Resolve An Argument?: a. Yell, then apologize. b. The silent treatment. c. Therapy. d. Sex. e. Break dishes.
A.J. Jewell, ex-fiance of The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kandi Burruss, died early Saturday morning. He suffered massive head injuries resulting from a fight with an employee at a strip club he owned in Atlanta. The Grammy-winning songwriter blogged and tweeted about dealing with the sudden, tragic loss.
I've been married all of 11 days now and, one cliché I will be able to avoid, though, is the terrible mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship so many women have. My own mother-in-law passed away long before I got a chance to meet her, and while I'd love to think we would have had a wonderful relationship—if her sons are any indication, she was a terrific woman and I hope she would have approved of me—the odds, apparently, aren't in our favor.
Jon & Kate Gosselin drama hits an all-time high, but Kate wears wedding band for kids. YourTango's Celebrity Love blog has the details.
Gretchen Rubin, Huffington Post blogger and author of The Happiness Project (forthcoming), recently compiled a list of 23 phrases that can help couples turn a verbal brawl back down to a constructive fight. Here are YourTango's top picks from that list and why we think they work so well.
Well, we all have one: One friend who we think is in a terrible relationship. Her husband or boyfriend is a complete jerk and treats her terribly. He makes jokes at her expense, calls her names—he even argues with her in front of friends. It's hard for you to understand what it is she sees in him, but it's even harder for you to witness it without wanting to say something to her. What's worse is that you do love your friend, but you feel like you have to avoid social situations—being around the two of them is uncomfortable for everyone (not to mention, you and your husband have your own issues—why do you want witness them arguing?!)
After being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and world famous pop star Rihanna, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault charges. While the assault occurred back in February, not much was heard from Brown, apparently on the request of his lawyers, until now. Hollywood Life reported that the R&B singer issued a video apology where he accepted responsibility, expressed remorse and promised to take steps to ensure he does not repeat his abuse. Read: The Real Reason For Chris Brown's Apology It can be argued whether Brown's apology was sincere or whether it was just a ploy to win back fans, but the bigger question remains as to just how far does an apology go in a domestic violence situation. Rihanna had the means and capability of leaving Brown after he assaulted her, but many women who suffer from domestic abuse do not have the same power.
Robert's ex, via National Enquirer, reports that sex with this hottie is right out electrifying. As if women needed another reason to worship the always brooding Robert Pattinson. And if Robert Pattinson's mother is reading this, you might want to refrain from continuing on.
For two weeks in June 2008, heavy rains and widespread flooding pummeled the Midwest. The nation's worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina, the floodwaters decimated downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, causing an estimated five billion dollars in damage and displacing over 2,000 people. Flood survivors recount how they lost everything but kept their marriages together.
Sometimes we get lucky. A new relationship moves along swimmingly, without glitch. It's stress-free, guilt-free and conflict-free to boot. We may even start to gloat about the flat, ever calm quality of the relationship waters. But if six months has passed in your relationship without even the slightest hint of a mild tiff you may have to ask yourself: Are you afraid of the first-fight hurdle?