Relationship Advice

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. ...

When's the Right Time to "Put Down" Your Relationship?

Sue Nador | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

Fourteen months. Fourteen months is the time I have in my head for how long I would try to save my marriage if things started to go south (hopefully it will never come to that). But once we limp past the one year mark, I think I would rationally assess whether something has shifted so irrevocably in our relationship that it was time to take it off life support.

Wish Your Man Understood You Better? Team Therapy May Help

Susan Valentine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

We put our team therapy approach into action -- three of us working with one client at the same time. Over time we've come to understand why men seem to prefer this team approach to therapy. Not only can we help navigate rough emotional terrain, and get to the root cause, but we can help translate and teach them the emotional language of their spouse.

Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Shares Tips For How To Find Love After 40

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sacha DeVoretz

The motivator for me to try online dating in the first place was Patti Stanger. Stanger is an American matchmaker and television personality, known for starring in the reality series The Millionaire Matchmaker. Stanger shared with me the top tips for women over 40 looking for love.

Men: Such Simple Creatures

Sue Nador | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada
Sue Nador

My husband buys an average of nine magazines per month, subscribes to three daily newspapers, and owns about five million books. He has a strong emoti...

How to Recover From 'Relationship Trauma'

Susan Valentine | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

You need to see that your partner has suffered too, not from your anger, but from the weight of his or her own actions. If you believe your partner deeply regrets his actions, knows he was wrong, and even feels he violated his own personal standards, you will feel more trusting and open to forgiveness.

Is It Love .. Or Is It Loneliness?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada Living

A new study on loneliness may force some people to take a good honest look at their relationship and reevaluate their choice of partner. Because ac...

The One Thing All Couples Should Do in Bed

Susan Valentine | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

Sure, you may still end up fighting, but it won't be nearly as acute. And haven't you noticed how much easier everything seems when you and your loved one are close? How life feels better? Deadlines seem less daunting, children seem less demanding, and other stressors become more manageable.

Wanna Get the Girl? Date Like it's 1946

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

If my email inbox is any indicator, it's clear that modern men and women are clueless about how to behave on a first date. If you want to attract a quality person, you need to behave like a quality person. So check out these 1940s-inspired dating tips that might bring a little timeless sophistication to your dating M.O.

How To Stay Married For 78 Years

CBC | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living

For a country where four out of ten first marriages end in divorce, Bertie and Bill Nickerson have some professional tips. The Liverpool, N.S., coup...

Advice to Step-Parents From My Inner Teen

Sue Nador | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

My inner teen would like to offer some "don'ts" to step-parents-in-training. Let's face it. If parenting teenagers is hard work, step-parenting them is even harder. It takes a whole lot more patience, tolerance and sensitivity to get through the teenage years with kids that are not of your own making.