Relationship Advice

Could Your Marriage Survive a Cruise Ship Disaster?

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Bumps in what should be a smooth road are unavoidable. And as most of us know, sometimes the journey -- even an unexpected and unpleasant one -- can have more to offer in the long-term than the destination. Admittedly, that's going to be a tough sell to the 4,000 passengers on the Triumph. But what about when things go wrong in a marriage?

In a Sex Rut? From Fat Cat to Sex Kitten in Eight Steps

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.04.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

As a couples mediator, I can state with certainty that marriage problems often show up in the bedroom first. For that reason, it's important for a woman to stay sexual. Women often complain that they "don't feel sexy" any more. Weight gain, normal aging and other body changes. If this sounds like you, here are eight steps to go from feeling like a fat cat to purring like a sex kitten.

The Top Five Dating Deal Breakers

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

If you're struggling to get over your ex, be upfront about this and be clear that you need to take things slow. But no one wants to date the Debbie downer at the derby. If strong feelings are still resonating, that might be a sign that you need some "me" time before trying to get into some "we" time again.

4 Deadly Dating Mistakes Men Make

Nicole Forrester | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Living
Nicole Forrester

The problem is when it comes to dating there are many "fish in the sea." So, while you may be fortunate to attract the attention of a certain girl -- it is up to you handle it with care and know that if you drop the ball she has other options.

10 Signs You're the Spouse From Hell

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

If you think your partner is to blame for your relationship troubles, scroll through these 10 signs and ask yourself: Am I turning into the spouse from hell? While this list isn't exhaustive, it does highlight some of the more problematic behaviours that many of us show in marriage. Life's too short for that.

Some Modern Love Advice From Cleopatra

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

As a couples' mediator, I see many women who have stopped having fun in their relationships. This year, I'm going back a couple thousand years to excavate some ancient advice from history's most cunning women, such as Cleopatra. How'd she do it? If it worked for the Queen of Egypt in 41 BC, it may work for you in 2013 AD.

Is Your Marriage Counsellor a Home-Wrecker?

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

In many cases, couples' counselling can be the final nail in the marital coffin. Why? Because counselling is a practice that focuses on the self. This "all about me," approach is the precise opposite of what struggling spouses need to save a marriage in crisis. It's naïve to think that an individual's personal experience with marriage doesn't factor into the relationship advice they dispense.

Eight Ways to Make Your Husband Want You Again

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

It's a devastating thing for a woman to admit -- that her husband seems to have lost his desire for her. Women often jump to the conclusion that unsatisfying sex is the reason for the chilly temperatures. Yet as often as not, men withdraw from their wives for non-sexual reasons. Check out these eight Do's and Don'ts to see whether any of them might help reignite his spark for you.

Have We Forgotten To Compliment Men?

Christine Hart | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Living
Christine Hart

A few months ago I gave a male date-coaching client of mine a compliment. After a few seconds of silence, he said: "No one has ever called me handsome...Thank you." I later consulted a few male friends on the topic and this is what one of them shared with me.

7 Realities Of Shacking Up

AskMen.com | Kathryn Jezer-Morton | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Living

Moving in with your girlfriend is a huge deal. In life-change terms, it's a bigger transition than getting married. Though you don't get the recog...

Guess Who Says 'I Love You' First

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada Living

It's the three little words that can either be a relationship milestone or prove to be the exact opposite: I love you. And guess what — men are...

I Will Always Be Connected to My Lover's Ex

Alina Kulesh | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Living
Alina Kulesh

That's the thing about exes; it's impossible to keep them in the past. Whether their lingering trail is on your Facebook wall or on your couch, they still appear hauntingly and unexpectedly, like ghosts. At the end, in some twisted way we are all connected to one another -- I to his ex-lovers and he to mine -- trying to make sense of love and life.

Five Techniques To Handle Getting Dumped

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Living
Barbara Aleks Hecht

A smart girl knows that getting dumped by your boyfriend is rarely a pleasant experience. It leaves some women angry, jaded and bitter. But that shouldn't justify committing these five breakup no-noes. Instead here are five alternatives to express how you really feel after getting dumped. After all, there's only one way for a smart girl to handle a breakup: with dignity, style and class.

Are You in a Toxic Relationship?

Dr. Ayshe Talay-Ongan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Living
Dr. Ayshe Talay-Ongan

Below, I have some basic questions to determine the strength of a relationship and how nurturing and honouring it may be. I invite you to rate your relationship. You can quit while you are ahead, or give him your all for a very long time. As for the middle ground, such is our force of belief in love and positive outcomes!

Eight Common Sex Problems and How to Solve Them

Debra Macleod | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada
Debra Macleod

The truth is, both men and women tend to complain about the same things when it comes to sex, particularly when they're in a long-term relationship. Here are eight of the most common complaints I hear from couples, along with suggestions to turn a partner's frown upside down.

The Surprising Thing that Spices Up a Long-Term Relationship

Keryl Pesce | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada Living
Keryl Pesce

When in a relationship, be it long-term dating, live-in or married, multiple dynamics are at play that determine how healthy, fresh and happy it is. As opposed to lack of attention on our significant other being an issue, the challenge some couples face is too little time spent engaged in activities outside of their relationship. Whatever your source of staleness or sameness, there are some simple dos and don'ts to keep it fresh, alive and healthy.

One Thing my Husband Never Asks me to Say: Cheese

Vicki Murphy | Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

In spite of our marital problems, I try not to bash my husband. But after two consecutive long weekends of boozing, golfing and fishing, and coming home at 4:30 a.m. reeking of sausages and whores, I think he's fair game. You see, I found some pretty incriminating photos on his camera.

Relationship Woes? Maybe You're Making One of These Mistakes

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

There are three common relationship mistakes that many of us make, which can get in the way of our happiness and success in love. Understanding what these mistakes are and why we're prone to making them can help us learn to avoid them in the future. If we recognize and let go of these, we're likely to have a lot more success in our current and future relationships.

I Made Out With a Married Man, and Told His Wife

Delaine Moore | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada Living
Delaine Moore

Last year I spent out eight hours with a handsome "urban cowboy" at a bar. A day and a make-out session later, I found out he was married. I told his wife what had happened. I don't know if I made the right decision, so after a year of not speaking to her, I got in contact with her, and here's what she had to say about knowing that her husband cheated on her.

What To Do When Old Baggage Haunts Your New Relationship

Colette Kenney | Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Living
Colette Kenney

It's just so typical. You spend all this time complaining about being single, and then when you find a great new guy you start freaking out! All your old baggage starts reappearing, and you're not quite sure how to deal. Follow these tips, from self-reflection questions to a mock-conversation with your partner, to banish the past where it belongs!

How to Be Yourself While Being in Love

Barb Sibbald | Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada Living
Barb Sibbald

You fall in love. It's fun, it's sexy, it's oh-so exciting. But it can't last. Like everything, love changes over time. Passion wanes and life interferes, because, let's face it, being IN love is all-consuming. The enormous amount of time and energy it demands is not sustainable.

Is Your Marriage in a Bad Mood?

Debra Macleod | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Don't make any stupid mistakes when your marriage is in a slump. Don't drown your sorrows in a bottle of Jack or jump into bed with the first Facebook friend to give you a poke. For better or for worse, remember? Most marital bad moods will pass quickly enough, but serious mistakes in judgement will hang around a lot longer.

The Real Things You Should Have and Know Before 30

Kaitlyn Kochany | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada Living
Kaitlyn Kochany

Glamour once ran an article called "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Know by the Time She's 30." Neither section really captures the unbelievable amount of work women in their twenties do as they transform themselves from teenagers to adults. It's a lot. It takes more than a trip to Home Depot or Victoria's Secret.

What To Do If He Doesn't Propose

Colette Kenney | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada Living
Colette Kenney

Isn't it totally frustrating? You're with the man of your dreams. He tells you how much he loves you. He tells you that he wants to be with you forever. And yet he refuses to pop the question. So what gives?

Could This Ritual Save Your Marriage?

2 For Couples | Posted 05.08.2012 | Canada Living

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life as a couple. So why celebrate such a special and momentous day only once a year? Dr...