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20 Ways Not to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter - Then How to Fix Things

Teenage girls are sensitive to the way people in authority talk to them, especially their mothers. They are easily wounded, feel criticized, and vulnerable when they sense or get outright disapproval.<p>However, even the most devoted mothers are only trying to shape them up to be young women and don't …

Parenting

Men: Watch Out for Male Menopause

Women are not the only ones who end up developing menopause later in life. That's right -- men get menopause too. When men get menopause, it is actually called andropause. The symptoms of andropause are quite similar to the symptoms that women experience before or during menopause.<p>So what is …

Women's Health

7 Small Ways You Cheat On Your Spouse Without Realizing It

<i>By Clayton Olson</i><p>Most of us think that cheating is the ultimate act of relationship betrayal.<p>But let's get real -- people don't just suddenly decide to trash their marriage vows like that out of nowhere. They don't go to bed 100 percent bed faithful and then wake up with adulterous morning …

What Is Love? The Answer May Surprise You

It feels so good to say and to hear the words "I love you," but what do they really mean? In order to talk about what makes a relationship successful, it is crucial to have a working definition of love. This is something you can remind yourself, and each other, of during the inevitable ebb and flow …

Love

Top 10 Signs It's Over

Top 10

The No. 1 Most Important Relationship Skill -- And How to Learn It

I received an outpouring of feedback on my recent blog, "What We Really Want and Almost Never Get," about the profound importance of listening in relationships. The comments confirm that what men and women alike most desire in our relationships is to be heard without judgment and understood where …

Relationships

7 Signs Your Husband Is Unhappily Married

Have a sneaking suspicion that your husband is unsatisfied with your marriage? Below, psychologists and marriage therapists offer 7 common signs that a spouse may be growing restless in a relationship.<p><b>1. He feels like he can't win.</b><p>Don't think your heavy sighs and the comments made under your breath …

Leave Me Alone

How to Be a Better Husband

10 Absurdly Simple Ways to Be a Better Husband<p>Forget fat diamonds and pricey trips to Paris. Make these easy moves instead<p>By Markham Heid, Photography By Thinkstock<p>Guys tend to get hung up on grand gestures to woo women. (We blame John Cusack and his boom box in <i>Say Anything</i>.) But when you’ve …

Warning: Try This and You May Never Go to Bed Angry Again

"What are three things you appreciate about me?" my partner cheekily whispered to me.<p>"Why you little...!"<p>I couldn't believe it.<p>My partner and I had been engaged in a rare but nevertheless very heated argument that evening, which we hadn't managed to resolve prior to retiring to bed.<p>Now I was lying …

Positive Thinking

5 selfish things that can ruin your marriage

There is a trend I have noticed among people who seek help in marriage and couples' counseling. Both partners usually have the best of intentions. …

Destructive Relationship Habits to Toss Out

While you're chucking clothes you no longer wear and dusting the nooks and crannies no one will ever see, why not take a moment to give your relationship a spring clean, too? By tossing certain destructive habits — six, to be exact, recommended by a marriage therapist — you can make your marriage …

10 marriage tips every wife needs to hear

<i>Editor's note: This article was originally published on Karen Lodato's blog, Eighth Rising. It has been republished here with permission.</i><p>There's a …

22: The reason your husband thinks you’re nagging him (that he will never admit…)

<i>And 3 ways to help improve your communication from there.</i>I recently sent an e-mail to the folks who subscribe to this blog asking them how I can …

Relationships

The 6 Most Common Complaints Men Have About Marriage

What do married men complain about behind closed doors during couples and family therapy?<p>Below, marriage therapists open up about the gripes they hear most often from long-married men -- and the advice they give both partners during sessions.<p><b>1.</b> <b>They complain about their spouses' tendency to complain.</b><p>…

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