Relationship Advice

The Most Awkward (And Most Important) Talk To Have With Your Partner

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Living

For people entering a marriage all dewy-eyed and confident, relationship counsellors have some news for you: one of you is likely to cheat on the othe...

Three Things New Dads Can Do to Get More Sex

Sue Nador | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

Yup, the sad truth is that dads with young kids probably get less sex. But rather than fretting about this sad state of affairs, a far better strategy is to keep the small sparks of desire burning until the fireworks can begin again.

Do You Know the Achilles Heel of Your Relationship?

Sue Nador | Posted 06.30.2014 | 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.

5 Steps to Getting Your Man to Do the Dishes

Alana Hurov | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to say that my best friend is also my boyfriend. With all that said, it isn't always dinner by flowers and candlelight. In fact, it's more often than not a daily negotiation of the cleaning duties. So, in one week...I discovered the formula for the age old question of how to get any man to do the dishes.

Be Honest: Do You Throw Texter Tantrums?

Debra Macleod | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

The adult temper tantrum is alive and well. Although it takes many unpleasant forms, one of the most common is what I call a "texter tantrum." Not a week goes by that I don't have a client hold up a cell phone and say, "Look at what my partner has been saying to me!"

Your Wife Is Right. So Admit It and Move On

Heather Lin | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Lin

It sounds like I'm just moaning about petty things that drive me crazy, and yes, I know these issues might relate only to me. But if these, or issues like these, are the main points of contention in a relationship, then in the end, I think we're all going to be okay. But when in doubt, just remember, you do want to get some sleep tonight.

10 Ways To Make A Long-Distance Relationship Work

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Living

A long-distance relationship is tough to maintain, but it can also be so worthwhile. Last week, "Humans of New York" profiled a man who met a woman...

Five Ways to a Happy Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Happy kids and a happy home hinges on one thing: a happy marriage between Mom and Dad. The quality of a couple's marriage sets the tone for family life. Below are five general qualities to strive for (or avoid, as the case may be). They aren't exhaustive, but they are a good start.

You're More Closely Related To Your Spouse Than You Think

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada Living

According to a new study, spouses are more likely to share DNA with each other than other people. Research out of the University of Colorado's Ins...

So You Went Out With a Man and Never Heard From Him Again?

Collette Gee | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

For six long weeks you've wished and prayed for a sign or just a word from this guy. And on a sunny Sunday afternoon, your cell phone rings, and as you reach down to retrieve your cell from your designer bag, you see it. A text message from him that simply reads: "Hello." You sit there quietly, pondering what you should do.

WTF: Tips On How to Swear Well

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Fulsang

There's a time and a place for everything, swearing included. But if you don't swear well -- at the right time, in the right place, to the right crowd -- you just sound, well, uneducated and déclassé. So, a few pointers on the topic:

How We Brought Our Relationship Back to Life After Having Kids

Sue Nador | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

It is easy not to notice when a relationship is fraying bit by bit. Our relationship seemed fine, and even better than fine. But spending those weekends together made us realize just how much we had missed each other. Our resurrection weekends kept the embers of our relationship burning. It was this yearly injection of passion that kept our love alive during those kid-centred years.

Why Having Sex With Your Ex is a Bad Idea

Simone Katerine | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

You dated someone. You broke up. At some point you started sleeping with them again, but you never "got back together." You knew this wasn't a great idea, but you did it anyways. Sound familiar?

Sex Appeal Depends On Looking Nothing Like Your Friends

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living

Looking the odd one out may seem like a recipe for mating disaster, but it could make you more attractive to the opposite sex. So said a study Wedn...

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 ...

Could Twitter Ruin Our Relationships?

Sue Nador | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

Who would have thought something as innocuous as Twitter could be the very thing that brings our generation of lovers down? It's time to stand up to the dark forces of social media and leverage them to our relationship advantage.

10 Things I've Learned About Love From 'How I Met Your Mother'

Simone Katerine | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada TV
Simone Katerine

It's no secret that I love How I Met Your Mother -- in fact, rarely a day has gone by over the past nine years when I haven't quoted or referred to the show in conversation. There's just so much about life, love and friendship that HIMYM just gets. So, before we say goodbye, here are a few of my favourite lessons about life and love from Ted, Robin, Lily, Marshall, Barney and the gang.

Why I Quit My PhD to 'Strip'

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Three months ago I quit my PhD to become a stripper. Of course, I was afraid of what people would think, but my old life wasn't working for me, and so I decided to change it. I'm not taking my clothes off, but this stripping of mine makes me feel free and, yes, naked and vulnerable, too. Layer by layer, I'm stripping away thoughts and beliefs that were toxic.

Why I Love My Long-Distance Relationship

Sue Nador | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

It is 5:30 a.m. I am watching my husband pack his suitcase, scrambling to make a 7 a.m. flight. For the past three years his work has taken him out of town more than half the time by my conservative estimate. But here's my dirty little secret: I love my long distance love affair.

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.

5 Tips For Finding True Love This Year

Elle Canada | Marie Vaillancourt and Marie-Claude Marsolais | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Living

All dressed up and no one to celebrate date night with? We list 5 tips on how to find (and keep!) true love that go well beyond Valentine's Day. H...

Relationship Trouble? Try 'Radical Honesty' and These Other Tools

Kaitlyn Kochany | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Kaitlyn Kochany

Being a good partner sometimes means renegotiating communication strategies so that the question "What's wrong?" isn't perpetually sloughed off. It sometimes means breathing through a bad few months and saying, "I accept this, I can do this, I don't have to fight it," even as you keep fighting for the relationship itself.

Don't Live With Your Boyfriend if You Want to Get Married

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Over the past decade or so, I've found there are a few common pitfalls that women who want to get married inadvertently fall into, and which decrease their chances of getting married while they're still young enough to walk down the aisle without stopping for breath. One of these pitfalls is living together before marriage.

How to Talk About Money With Your Partner (and Keep Your Cool)

Anita Saulite | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

Do you talk about money with your partner, better half, significant other? Many of us don't have this conversation and struggle just to address the topic. If we find the courage to reach out and engage in conversations about money how do we keep our emotions in check?

Sorry Parents -- Your Kids Are Probably Ruining Your Marriage

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

New research from Open University in the U.K. finds that couples without children are more satisfied with their relationships than couples with kids. ...