As an engaged woman, I was both surprised and appalled when I read an article on The Stir stating that 50% of Americans believe it should be legally required for a woman to take her husband's last name. My first thought was: Who took this survey anyway, a bunch of people from Middle-of-Nowhere America (no offense, really) who've been completely cut off from the modern world?
Did you know that two million Americans are dependent on or abusing prescription painkillers? That being said, we need to redefine what an addict looks like today. It could be that businesswoman who appears confident and ambitious or that man who owns the local real estate agency.
Who needs a job when you have love? Granted, love isn't going to pay the bills, but if you believe every love song ever written and every romantic comedy to grace the silver screen, then love is the most important thing of all. Whatever helps you sleep at night…
When you're meeting your significant other's family for the first time during the holidays, the pressure can be on to bring something memorable — in a good way.
You don't have to be Scrooge to hate Christmas. In "A Christmas Carol" we learn that Ebenezer Scrooge used to be a nice boy who became bitter through parental neglect and brittle by his emotional dependence on his sister, who abandoned him by dying. Poor guy. He was the sad product of a dysfunctional family.
Holidays are prime time for out-of-town family to show up on your doorstep – or for you to appear on theirs. You might think that sharing space with mom, dad, or siblings will put quite a damper on your sex-life, but it actually doesn’t have to cramp your style. In fact, those “walls with ears” can even set the scene for a hotter happy holiday. Here's how.
Between selecting the perfect gift, booking expensive flights and dealing with the in-laws, the holidays are stressful, and, unfortunately, the closest target for those frustrations is often one's partner. Here are ten common holiday fights couples have during the holidays and how to avoid them.
Here’s one of the best-kept secrets: Holiday time is difficult for most of us. At this time of year there’s an unspoken pressure to look and feel happy even if we aren’t. Family problems take center stage as we gather with relatives to celebrate. We’re reminded of holidays past when we may have lost loved ones or had other intense personal difficulties with which to contend. Need I say more? The folks I counsel seem to be struggling with the holidays this year more than ever. There are a few reasons for this:
The Question I promised to focus on this week is: How can I avoid getting into an unhealthy relationship? I have to giggle at that one as I am writing today. I don't know about you but in my experience many of us were BORN into unhealthy relationships! That said I know that for the most part as adults, we get to choose the relationships we want to engage in. When it comes to romantic relationships we have 100% control. It is that type of relationship I am going to address today.
Buy, buy, buy. I cringed that the verb was dominating my Christmas to-do list, and it wasn't even December yet. Looking back on my childhood, I remember magical moments with my family more than I remember specific gifts. I want my kids to have these kinds of memories, too, and not just a solid lesson in materialism...
by Meagan McCrary Being invited home for the holidays by your beau is a major step in a relationship. But meeting the fam for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you’re staying with them. Follow these seemingly-obvious-but-too-often-forgotten guidelines for surviving the holidays with your boyfriend’s family. After all, there could be a lot more to come. Do: Bring something. Don’t: Bring your mom’s famous turkey stuffing.
Whether you've been dating for weeks or years, the first holiday meal you spend at his family's house is unnerving. Hopefully, you've met his family before this big day, though maybe you haven't. Regardless, the premiere Thanksgiving at his parents' house is an entirely new adventure — who knows what you're walking into?
This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to be single women. We are thankful for our friends, family, independence and more.
Ahh, Thanksgiving. A time of turkey, travel, tryptophan, and repeated viewings of "A Christmas Story" surrounded by family. If you're coupled up in a relationship, you boo is probably in the picture, too, and perhaps-awkwardly negotiating an overnight bedroom situation.