Relationship Advice

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.

Could A Bracelet Help Your Long Distance Relationship?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Living

If texting, emailing, and Skype weren't enough, couples in long-distance relationships can now wear matching TapTap wristbands, which send vibrational...

Wives Hold The Key To Happy Marriages, Says New Study

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Living

When it comes to a happy marriage, in both the long and short term, a new US study says that wives hold the power. University of Berkeley researche...

With Housework, There Are No "Pink" or "Blue" Jobs

Sue Nador | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I was nattering on about the inequalities of housework to my lesbian friend Marsha. Most hetero couples experience conflict about who does what around the house, and how much of it. But Marsha had some wise advice for us heteros on how to avoid chore wars. Don't categorize jobs as "pink" or "blue."

The Secret to Why Couples Fight -- And It's Not What You Think

Susan Valentine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Susan Valentine

With our couple, Robyn feels insecure about their connectedness. She wants to feel close. So when he comes home late, she turns that into, "I'm not important. He doesn't care." She feels hurt or abandoned, and that's why she gets upset. On the other hand, Blair needs validation. His sense of identity and confidence are important.

We Had a Great First Date But I Never Heard From Him Again. Sound Familiar?

Collette Gee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

I examined many books on the market designed to help women to attract Mr. Right. I researched lessons on how to make it past the first date, what to say and not to say, how to dress, and when and how to ration out the first kiss. The more I read and compared notes, the stronger the question became: When is it okay to stop pretending?

Can "Oil Patch Marriages" Ever Work?

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Debra Macleod

Since the oil boom of the 1970's, many Alberta wives have called themselves "oil patch widows" due to work rotations that require their husbands to be away for weeks or months at a stretch. It is understandable how this physical separation can lead to an emotional disconnection between two people who are often leading separate lives.

Why a Husband Might Miss His Dog More Than He Misses His Wife

Sue Nador | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

Jessie is more unconditionally loving and far less bitchy than me (even though she is technically the only real bitch in our family). For her, it's not a question of, "you scratch behind my ears, and I'll scratch behind yours". Nope, she will give unlimited affection and not expect a thing in return (although she won't say no to a liver treat).

If You Think All Women Are "Crazy," Take a Look at Yourself

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

I recently saw a man in my office who asked me why all the women he dated turned out to be "crazy." If all the women you date eventually go off the deep end, perhaps it's time to tune-up your relationship skills. To some extent, I had to agree -- there are some lipsticked loonies out there. Then again, the male gender has its share of jerks and mama's boys. Perhaps it's time to stop pointing fingers at the opposite sex and start engaging in a little self-reflection, especially if you're re-living the same dysfunctional relationship over and over again.

A Married Man's Take On Why Men Cheat | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living

Cheating is about one thing, and that's the transgressor's inability or unwillingness to reconcile the feeling of love with the decision to love. Feeling love is easy, because it's a largely chemical affair. But, once we cross that bridge into a serious, committed monogamous relationship, those feelings aren't enough. The decision to love is another matter entirely, and one that many cannot come to terms with.

20 Things You Should Tell Your Wife

2life | Neil Morton | Posted 08.22.2013 | Canada Living

Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to say. We're often told what not to say — anything about your partner's weight, their habits or th...

My Marriage Is Like a Refrigerator Delivery

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

It struck me that our marriage has functioned a lot like the arrival of the new fridge. Like the delivery men, David and I have managed heavy burdens by sharing the load, reaching out towards each other, and moving carefully in the same direction. A cracked fridge doesn't even hit the radar.

Why We Still Tell Women to Sell Themselves

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

I was recently dismayed by a piece of advice given from one businesswoman to another. an entrepreneur sought advice on how to get mental and emotional support from her husband as she worked to grow her new business. In short, she was told the solution was to verbally appreciate her husband more, to "tell him he's your hero", and to orally appreciate her husband more... if you know what I mean. The advice is delivered in cute and quirky way, but it's impossible to miss the message. We're supposed to patronize our men, tell them they're our heroes, and then follow up with sexual favours? Ouch.

Canada's Best Date Spots

Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living

Whether you’re long term with the love of your life or recently found the date of your dreams, step up your dating game and explore new romantic te...

13 Easy Ways To Make Your Partner Feel Special

2life | Kate Drummond | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Living

Your partner is the most important person in your life -- but how often do you make them feel that way? Surprising your significant other with...

Living With Psoriasis: Six Tips for a Happy Relationship

Kimberly Moffit | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Kimberly Moffit

Every relationship has its challenges, whether it's penciling-in quality time together or trying to reignite a flame. But for Canadians living with a chronic illness, engaging in relationships can be especially tough, particularly because their conditions make intimacy so much more difficult.

In a Relationship, It's Not If You Fight, But How You Fight

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Anger rarely ever brings out the best in us. When we feel our blood boiling, we often regress to a state that's childlike, emotional and even tantrum-y. What's more, conflicts are further complicated by the fact we don't all handle conflict the same way. I've come up with four conflict styles as I see them.

Marriage 101: Eight Classes I Wish Existed

Debra Macleod | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Divorce rates are nasty and too many women find themselves in unhappy, unhealthy marriages. I've compiled a list of eight subjects that, if I found myself Dean of Spouse School, I would recommend as prerequisites to marriage.

10 Tips for a Spring Romance

Debra Macleod | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ah, springtime -- the skies are blue and love is in the air. Every year around this time, my Inbox fills with questions from those looking for love. In response, I've compiled a short list of dating tips that you may want to tape to your fridge if you're a single-and-seeking.

Survey Says, Half of Us Lie on First Dates

29Secrets | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Living

According to a recent survey, 49 per cent of Canadians tell lies about themselves in the early stages of a relationship. Whether it's your age, salary, or hair colour, are some truths just too compromising to tell the people we're trying to impress?

Vegas "Sex" Casino: Would You Go With Your Spouse?

Debra Macleod | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

M.S. Shadlock's controversial sexual thriller, The Inferno, is about a "sex hotel and casino" in Las Vegas where you gamble with sex, not money. It explores -- among other things -- what happens when couples push the limits of their sexuality in an effort to spice-up their marriages. Would couples really go to a place like this?

Creating New Horizons: Paradigms at Work

Heron Free | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Alberta
Heron Free

Some paradigms support us better than others. 'The world is flat' was believed to be true until Christopher Columbus proved it otherwise. And though we need paradigms to help us make sense of the world, the minute we turn them into concrete truths we become enslaved by them.

Five Ways to Mend a Broken Heart

Natasha Koifman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

When things don't work out in a relationship, it's that early hope and optimism that stands in stark contrast with feelings of heartbreak and disappointment. As with all falls in life, it's important that you acknowledge you've been hurt, but also help yourself get back up again. Here's how.