Canada Marriage

Why Men Get Laid, But Women Get Screwed

Debra Macleod | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Women often enter into casual sex and cohabitation assuming these things are their only options. Yet these practices have only become the default dating norms over the past few decades. And guess what? They're a failed social experiment.

Common Risks for Common-Law Relationships

Ashley Redmond | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Ashley Redmond

Marriage is on the decline in Canada and that cohabitation is on the rise. In 1961, less than 1 per cent of families lived in a cohabitation structure; now almost 20 per cent of families are spearheaded by common-law couples. Here are three things to consider before you shack up.

Why You Shouldn't Stop Bringing Your A-Game To Your Relationship

Sue Nador | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

How does passion turn into pal-ship? Perhaps the very nature of sharing space with someone can breed too much familiarity. It's easy to get comfortable, even sloppy, when we live with each other day in and day out. What message does it send when I leave our house looking polished and revert immediately to comfy cellmate attire when I come home?

A Letter To The Man I Married 18 Years Ago

Lori Gard | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

Love, Tonight, we sit out on the veranda, you and I, while candles flicker quietly at our feet. Three citronella in pots reduce to liquid. I say I ...

Why It's Sometimes OK for a Woman to "Need" a Man

Debra Macleod | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ask your date to walk you to your car after dark. Ask your boyfriend to reach that plate on the top shelf, fix your computer or check your leaky faucet. I can hear the snarks from women now. Yet many men long to feel needed in a healthy way in their relationships.

Would You Consider a Relationship Contract Over a Marriage?

Marina Adshade | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

Divorce rates are soaring, or so the story goes at least. One proposition is to take the long-term commitment out of marriage and, instead, have marriages that automatically expire after a fixed term of three or four years.

Want Your Spouse to Change His Diet? Here's How to Help, Not Hinder

Abby Langer | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

A lot of people I know find it difficult to hold their fire when they think their partner needs to make some dietary changes. But you want to help, so based on real-life situations I've seen at my practice, here are some straightforward tips for all you women and men out there who find themselves in the support role.

Five Great Expectations When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Gillian Farber | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

Living abroad is one thing -- planning a wedding from abroad is a whole other story. A very complicated, internet driven, blog obsessed story that involves checking your email 24/7 and a secret love affair with Pinterest. So from one traveller/amateur bride-to-be to another, here are my "Five Great Expectations" leading up to your big day.

Instead of Making a Spreadsheet About Sex, Try Writing a Love Note

Debra Macleod | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

I stumbled upon a story about a husband who, apparently upset with the lack of sex in his marriage, made a spreadsheet that documented how often his wife had sex with him. I've had many clients over the years show me similar lists. Lists like this are made -- and shared on social media -- out of an emotional mixture of frustration, resentment, self- righteousness, a lack of self-restraint and a profound level of immaturity.

Do You Know the Achilles Heel of Your Relationship?

Sue Nador | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I knew immediately what John was talking about. I am prone to self-absorption, lost in my own thoughts. I pretend to listen, but John is no fool -- it's obvious to him that the imaginary conversations inside my head are too often more important than the real conversations between us. No wonder he sometimes feels that he is not that important.

Why Get Married? To (Literally) Save Your Heart

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living

In a cross-sectional study of affairs of the heart -- in both biological and sentimental terms -- researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have lin...

Reporter Covers Her Own Marriage Proposal

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

In early May, another sign appeared outside the Tribune's office. This one had a black question mark on it, but there was still no solution to the pink-heart riddle that had captivated the attention of the community. The plot thickened.

Moving On After a Loved One's Death is Inevitable

Joan Sutton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

The grief is still there. But suddenly, from somewhere, almost eighteen months later, I do now occasionally experience the unadulterated joy that I never thought I would again. To my surprise,  I am no longer numb. The flowers in the park, a small child patting my dog, the flight of a bird, planning a visit with my grandson with his friends -- these things bring a lift to my heart.

Is it Better For Your Taxes to Be Married or Common Law?

Andrew Sheppard | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrew Sheppard

Wedding season is upon us. I am a supporter of marriage; after all, I am happily married. However, it's worth considering whether it's more financially beneficial to be married or live in a common-law arrangement.

How I Survived 21 Years of Marriage and Still Want More

Mara Shapiro | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Mara Shapiro

Ever wonder how they do it? I mean the older couples you see in the park, at the store, holding hands in the mall? What makes it last? How do they get there, how do they survive each other? Soon, my marriage turns 21.

How Does a Man Please a Woman? The Answer Will Surprise You

Trina Read | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Trina Read

The perplexed interviewer asked what every man wanted to know, "But what about the man's sexual needs? Isn't he going to walk away with 'blue-balls'?" In my head I was screaming, "Why can't men understand that most women walk away from the sex with 'blue balls' -- unsatisfied and unhappy with the experience?"

How to Keep Your Relationship Infidelity-Free

Trina Read | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Living
Trina Read

The reality is there are too many unsatisfying and empty relationships. Consequently in today's instant gratification society, at least half of men and women are looking for a quick fix of what they need outside of their relationship. If cheating is easy and there is a high payoff, why wouldn't they?

Saving Your Marriage With A Twix

CP | Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Living

WASHINGTON - A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that ...

Would You Own Up To Having An Affair?

Sue Nador | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

By withholding the truth about her affair from her husband, Tabitha holds all the cards when it comes to their marriage. She is able to preserve what matters most to her-her family life, financial security and the love of her husband-but on her own terms. Her husband is continuing to commit to the relationship under false pretences.

16 Rules For a Happy Marriage

masalamommas | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

You might say this is a classic case of the blind leading the blind. What I offer you here are pearls of wisdom after 15 years of marriage and seven years of being a divorced single parent. Had I known then what I know now, perhaps my happily ever after would have happened the first time around.

Marriage Really Does Do The Heart Good

CP | Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Living

Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are l...

As a Widow, I Miss Touch More Than Sex

Joan Sutton | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Couples who live together in intimacy take for granted the many times in a day when they touch each other, from bumping into one another in the bathroom, to fingertips brushing over a coffee cup or one cold foot seeking out the warmer one under the blanket.

Let's (Really) Talk About Sex

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

You've just woken up from a deep sleep and then remember that you've been romping all night with the Sandman who may also happen to be your Ex. That's when the WTF moment kicks in. Sex dreams happen to everyone. Sometimes they are as pleasurable as riding white horses in the meadow with George Clooney or getting naughty with Mila Kunis' legs wrapped around your waist.

If You Can't Warm Your Toes This February, Warm Your Heart

Lesley Anderson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

If you're looking for a way to beat the winter blues, take a look at the circumstances that surrounded the marriages of your ancestors and discover what kind of lives they lived with their spouses. You could find a love story that warms your heart, if not your toes, this winter. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

Sex, Love, Marriage

Joan Sutton | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

I met Helen Hayes, stayed several times in her house in Cuernavaca and she was kind enough to let me interview her for The Toronto Sun. Her husband had been dead for many years when Helen told me: "I could no more have remarried than I could have been unfaithful." Helen was just one of many public figures who spoke to me about love, marriage and sex.