Canada Marriage

These Are The Signs Your Spouse Is Having A Texting Affair

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

You look the other way and pretend not to notice or be bothered. You force yourself to not ask who your spouse is texting and not show how worried or hurt you are. You lay awake and stare at your partner's phone, wishing you could look through it but not wanting to cross that line. Finally, you crack.

How I Finally Made The Grade - 30 Years Later

Sue Nador | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I would be mortified if my husband ever discovered my university marks. I shudder to think how he would feel. Probably duped. He's attracted to brainy women, and it was a sleight of hand living with philosophers. I was only "academic" by association. The brainy aura of my roommates bathed me in a beautiful sharp light.

How I Got Through all the 'Firsts' After Losing My Husband to Cancer

Her Magazine | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

It has been 29 days since Matthew physically left us. 29 days since I held Matthew in my arms as he took his last breath. Since I lost a part of myself. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him. In these 29 days I have experienced many firsts, some easier than others.

Wedding One-Upmanship Can Be One Big Circus Act

Amrita Sandhu | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Living
Amrita Sandhu

Growing up just like every other little girl I sat in awe as I accompanied my parents to family functions and weddings. Fast forward some 15 years or so and now every weekend there are dozens of weddings occurring simultaneously at various temples in the metro-Vancouver area. And each of these weddings symbolizes not the love between a couple -- sure there's that, too -- but rather a price tag.

How a Chance Encounter Made Me Less of a Cynic About Love

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

Fairytales aren't just reserved for the few, or the unique, or even the "lucky ones." Getting to meet the love of my life didn't happen in an abstract magical way. It happened, and it was certainly something attainable, even by a hardened skeptic like myself.

My Marriage Survived Its Rough Patches

Julie Nowell | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

We hit rock bottom, probably more than once, and each time clawed our way back up, until eventually we stopped trying to live like that and put everything at risk, our relationship, our investments, our everything, so we could find some peace.

Should You Change Your Filter?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Lynn Morrison

I have a bedtime routine. Every night I slip into my room before my husband. I close the curtains and dim the lights. Then I stand in front of my full-length mirror and slowly pull my clothes off, piece by piece. It is a show with an audience of one: me.

The Evolution of Popping the Question

Melanie Nathan | Posted 09.20.2015 | Canada
Melanie Nathan

The night is quiet and cool. He or she slowly drops to one knee. A gleaming diamond ring is held aloft, and the warm tears start to flow. Yes, the moment when someone proposes marriage is truly unforgettable.

How Would You React to Finding Your Spouse's Name on Ashley Madison?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

If your spouse's name came up on this list of dumped emails, how would you feel? And what would you do? Would you forgive them and try to work on the relationship? Would you ever be able to trust your spouse again?

Is Ashley Madison to Blame for Broken Hearts and Ruined Marriages?

Collette Gee | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

While cheating can be extremely damaging to most relationships, an affair actually begins long before the act itself. Having an affair is often one person's way of signaling to their partner that something is wrong in the relationship. And, often one person uses cheating as a catalyst to either fix or flee from the problems.

Life Is Short, Turn Your Spouse On

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

The recent Ashley Madison hack hasn't just exposed user data - it's also brought to light our various attitudes toward marriage and monogamy in today's high-tech, high-strung society. There are many reasons people stray and technology enables infidelity in a way that is faster and easier -- although certainly not more secretive -- than ever before. Yet in the end, it is always a question of choice. "Will I break the promise I made to my spouse?" In the wake of the Ashley Madison hack, we're seeing a lot of "You got what you deserved!" opinions.

There's a Difference Between Fantasy and Cheating on Ashley Madison

Sue Nador | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I'm a big believer in some personal autonomy. I don't feel I owe it to my husband to share every one of my deepest and darkest secrets. And I don't push him to tell me everything on his mind either. God no, I don't want to know everything on his mind. I'm a gal who enjoys a bit of mystery and his over-sharing would be a buzz kill. But there is a difference between "thought" and "action". It's fine to fantasize -- no harm is done.

The Most Common Phrases a Cheating Spouse Uses

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Many people who suspect their partner is having an inappropriate opposite sex friendship -- and who fear it is leading to infidelity -- often end up questioning themselves or worrying that they are being jealous, paranoid or controlling. After all, no one wants to be "that" spouse.

Three Ways to Make Your Marriage Special Every Day

Kyana Miner | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

My husband and I were friends before we were a couple. But we don't wait for a day to express our love and gratitude for each other. For us, every day is special. And with two toddlers, this is not easy. But here's how we commit to everyday happiness.

8 Ways to Take Your Marriage "Off Hold"

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

It's a mistake to think that you can put your relationship "on hold" until the kids are gone. Instead, practice these eight ways to take your marriage "off hold" right now, and keep it alive and well throughout the various stages of your life together.

Why Sleepaway Camp Is Good for My Marriage

Her Magazine | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

This summer has been a summer of firsts for my husband and me. Although we have been together for 22 years, and married for almost 17 of those, this is the first time in 12 years (note: our oldest daughter is 12) where we have finally managed to make us a priority again.

I Went Six Days Without Netflix

Ashley Redmond | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Living
Ashley Redmond

This Netflix cleanse was obviously not on purpose and I don't advocate it for everyone. But by forcing myself to be alone and engage in activities that I like such as organizing and chatting on the phone I was allowing myself to be with my thoughts and be present in the moment. It was kind of awesome.

Good Communication Can Prevent a Breakup

Marcia Sirota | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

We make three fundamental mistakes around communication that can really jeopardize an otherwise viable relationship, and there are three important communication skills that can make the difference between an unhappy break-up and an ongoing, happy relationship.

The Beauty in Missing

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I love the subtlety and ambiguity of words, and that no doubt had a lot to do with why I taught English for 23 years, and why I am now pursuing a care...

Financial Tips to Help Couples Live Happily Ever After

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Pramod Udiaver

For many couples weddings are the first time they must make a decision together about large sums of cash, and they may not be sure with how to approach their finances.

How to Fight With Your Partner

Sue Nador | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I recently read a study that found that more than 40 percent of couples believe that fighting helps keep the lines of communication open. Tackling problems head on can be better for a relationship than bottling things up. But as experts point out, not all arguments are created equal.

Autism Destroyed My Marriage, But I'm Not Mad

Trish Klein | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada
Trish Klein

Autism has a bad rap with families and marriages. Pulling them apart. The stress, the constant worrying, the lack of time with your spouse and other children. The focus becomes your affected child and there is no time for you and forget about your partner. I thought my marriage was strong. It wasn't strong enough.

19 Ways to Have a Thriving Marriage

Lori Gard | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

We spent our 19th wedding anniversary very much like we do every other day. Since that day and for almost two weeks, I have been contemplating the idea of a list. A list of 19 characteristics essential to a flourishing marriage. Without further ado, here are those nearly twenty. Because 19 is actually enough.

I Don't Feel Like a Widow, But I Am One

Robin Summerfield | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

The truth is I don't feel 44 and I don't feel like a widow. I feel married and 80-years-old. In the past four years, I have aged tremendously, both physically, emotionally and mentally. And in my mind, I am still married. Mike has just been gone a little more than a month.

Single in the City and the Census

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

Julie (not her real name) couldn't believe her ears. He wanted to take a break. Another relationship over before it began. She was tired of waiting, n...