It’s early November and Miranda feels her tension levels rising with each passing day. The Holidays are approaching, and she dreads this time of year because she knows she’ll eventually have to see her Mother-in-law. Miranda doesn’t exactly know why her relationship with her Mother-in-law is strained, but whenever she sees them, she seems to make it abundantly clear that Miranda is not part of their family. For example, even though she’s been married to her husband Sean for eleven years, whenever there’s a family photo taken, her Mother-in-
Some say flirting is harmless: some of those same people would argue that engulfing a male body part in one's mouth isn’t sex (we won’t mention names, given the trend to repent), while others insist that the mere thought of indiscretion is cheating. Given our culture’s penchant for bending the English language (and morals) to suit our purposes, wouldn’t it be nice if we had a few less erroneous benchmarks for foul play? Here are a few to consider:
My husband and I come from different worlds. He comes from solid Midwestern stock. They repress their feelings, eat casserole and play baseball. My family? We're a mess of anxiety disorders, we listen to Gilbert and Sullivan and our favorite sport is Chinese Checkers. So, the moment Dave proposed, and I said "yes," I knew I had to do something.
Are you a busy mom who is constantly trying to feed herself, her kids and her husband — all while making healthy choices? And then your kids' friends come over and you find yourself having even more mouths to feed? There are few things more frustrating than finding yourself strapped for time at the end of a long day, with no idea of what to make.
So, you do not yell at your husband. Have you ever heard of families where they never yell, they are fine and then they divorce. Turns out they were the most unhappy people and you would have never even picked it up. Weird. Not. Yelling is just one way of expressing frustration and anger. And really, we females, are trying to be more subtle in bullying tactics.
The first year of our son's life was the most difficult of our marriage to date and it is also the year I learned a very important lesson: My husband must always come before our children and, according to a survey of counseling professionals from Your Tango, the lesson is a good one. Half of the experts polled believe that wives should prioritize their husband over their kids.
Marriage is tricky. Motherhood? Even trickier. Balancing them both is — well — just shy of impossible. So, we asked the experts for their best advice about how you can be everything to everyone all of the time ... or at least a great wife to your husband and a great mom to your kids. Here's what they had to say:
We all know what a crucial role alcohol plays in getting people together. It lends men courage, and it lends women the kind of forbearance that makes that courage endearing rather than annoying. Amiright, bar flies? In any case, the American Sociological Society has just published a study which states that women drink more when married than when single, while men actually drink less after they've tied the knot.
A happy marriage rests on a foundation of unquestioned trust. If you want your marriage to be all it can be, you must know how to create this kind of trust. Most couples think of trust exclusively in terms of being sexually faithful, which is essential, but there's more to it.
Is Your Schedule Impacting Your Child’s Routine? Getting home at the same time from work never seems to work out. When you get home your exhausted and burnt out from your day. You didn’t even get to have a “break” on your way home from work because traffic was horrific or your concentration ability has been sucked out of you from your day. You come home and your husband has the kids on the couch watching a movie.
You know you are in a good relationship if you both bring out the best in each other. Do you remember in the film 'As Good as It Gets' when Jack Nicholson’s character tells Helen Hunt’s character why he thinks they should be together? He says to her, “You make me want to be a better man.” Well, that’s what I’m talking about here!
Theoretically, asking your husband or wife to empty the dishwasher should be totally devoid of drama or tension. It's just one of many chores necessary to keep your home functioning, right? However, with a passive-aggressive personality, any situation has the potential to go from the trivial to emotional combat.
It is extremely important it is to choose the right person to marry. It will save you years of loneliness, it will save you thousands in lawyers' fees spent on divorce, it will bring you to financial independence together and it will feel so nice to have a strong, caring and loving man next to you. No doubt, by now, you already have a picture of the man you want. You described everything: his generosity, his high intellect, his handsome appearance and his muscles...But handsome? Like Prince Charming from Shrek? Hmmm, might you have to cross this one out.
You're deeply in love with your husband. But lately, you feel like he doesn't need you as much as he used to. You're beginning to feel insignificant to his life, and you don't know whether this is common or the grounds to make you leave the relationship. How can you assess what is "normal"?
Sex on the First Date … with your future husband? Sex on the first date is one of the hottest controversies going today, especially when it comes to online dating. How far do you go versus how far you want to go? What kind of message are you sending your date by saying yes … or by saying no? Most of all, what consequences will these in-the-moment decisions have in the cool light of a couple days’ hindsight? As it turns out, those consequences could be more positive the less caution you exercise on that first date.
We call it "dropping the bomb" syndrome and it usually follows the same pattern: one partner believes their marriage is going along fine when the other suddenly announces it's over; finished, done, period. It turns out that things were far from fine; there was a lot of denial going on, a lot of saying 'yes' when you mean 'no' and a lot of unexpressed anger simmering just below the surface. When that simmer reaches a boil, the bomb drops. How can you know if your husband is really happily married? Is there a way to tell if your marriage is bomb proof? When he says "I love you" can you believe it? Here are ten ways to know he's happy in your marriage.
I believe that one of the most important investments we can make as parents is in the quality of food we feed our children. Every bite they take influences their development and their future health and wellness. And with that said, probably one of the biggest and most common challenges that parents face is getting their kids, and sometimes spouses, to eat their vegetables. Children's taste buds are more sensitized, especially with bitter foods and because some of the healthiest vegetables are bitter, here lies the challenge. If you're frustrated because your visions of your family digging into a heaping pile of steamed broccoli or asking for more spinach salad at the dinner table aren't a reality, consider that there are as many ways to encourage your kids and spouse to eat their peas as there are vegetables.