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Sue Nador is a Toronto writer and management consultant. She hashes out expectations in the messy world of love. Follow her on twitter: @Sue_Nador and her weekly blog: The Relationship Deal.

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5 No-Nos For Business Networking

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2016 | 1:36 PM

This week I was on a panel at a professional association to talk about business networking. In my mind business networking is really no different than dating (I write a lot about dating, marriage, and other personal relationships). The same principles apply. Because we all love listicles (sigh), here are...

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Why Do Women Get Vaginal Dryness And What Can We Do About It?

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2016 | 1:51 PM

Vaginal dryness may be a common occurrence, but it's still a taboo topic.

“This was a topic that no one wanted to talk about, ” says Chia Chia Sun, CEO of Damiva, makers of all-natural health products for women in menopause. In fact, women are much less willing to talk...

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How My Dad Faded Away After He Died

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 2:45 PM

My dad died a decade ago -- in the sixth month of the year '06. Before his service, the funeral director took my two sons aside and invited them to write letters to place in his coffin. It was a way to give kids closure he told us.

After the...

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How To Grow Intimacy Through 10 Ordinary Day-To-Day Practices

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 5:20 PM

I didn't know it at the time but my husband was being "strategic" and not cheap when he proposed to me without an engagement ring on the dock of my family's cottage in 1988. According to a 2014 Emory University study, couples that spend relatively more money on...

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How To Survive And Thrive As A Couple This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 12:29 PM

The holidays are upon us! Are you dreaming about cozying up with your honey by a roaring fire? Romantic walks in a winter wonderland after a pristine snowfall? Tears of joy as your partner surprises you with just the perfect gift?

Not so fast.

Unfortunately, for too many couples reality...

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How I Finally Made The Grade - 30 Years Later

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 4:11 PM

I have kept one big fat secret from my husband for more than 30 years. Whenever it looks like the conversation is wading into dangerous territory, I masterfully change the subject. I have hidden the evidence (being married to a criminal lawyer has its advantages). I am hoping to take...

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5 Ways to Make it to Thanksgiving in Your Empty Nest

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:44 AM

Back in May, I was like a kid waiting for guests to arrive for her birthday party. My two sons were coming home from university for the summer. And now, swoosh, the summer is gone, and they are flying the coop again.

This is the second September in my...

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

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:31 PM

By now you are either freaking out or feeling relieved.

The recent big-ticket news item was that Ashley Madison (the online adultery service) was hacked, but now the hackers have posted the stolen data online. The hackers have reportedly posted the personal information, including sexual preferences of some...

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Fighting Can Help Your Relationship If You Follow These Rules

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Arguments are a good thing. So how do you make the most of them?

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...

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My Mother's Parting Gift to Me Was a Second Chance

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 6:11 PM

My mom died a few days after Mother's Day last year. A week earlier, she gave me an unexpected gift. There are so many tragedies that happen every single day in hospitals, but my story has a happy ending.

When my mom was first admitted to hospital with an...

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Should I Donate to a Child in Need, or Pay for My Loving Dog's Surgery?

(18) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 12:58 PM

When my husband John got home from work yesterday at 10 p.m., I asked him if he could take our dog Jessie out for her last pee. They seemed gone an awfully long time. Jessie usually goes quickly on our front lawn and high tails it back inside to pack...

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How to Fill in the Blanks on Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 5:09 PM

It's tough being a guy on Valentine's Day. Over half of women say they would end their relationship if their partner didn't give them anything on this annual ritual for lovers. Talk about performance anxiety!

While there isn't data on whether women are just making idle threats (not that you...

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Three No-Nos For Your Holiday Business Party

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 9:49 PM

Last week I went to a seasonal party. I arrived solo and seemed to immediately catch the attention of a man who I did not know. Within minutes, I was being told how sexy and exotic I looked, and not to leave without telling him. Now what gal doesn't like...

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What Mothers Need To Teach Their Sons About Sex

(6) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 8:57 PM

Jian Ghomeshi's mother must be mortified.

Rumours had long circulated that Jian was a bad date -- but when you are famous, have friends in high places, and generate a whole lot of revenue for a public broadcaster you enjoy a certain level of protection.

That all changed recently...

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Why You Shouldn't Stop Bringing Your A-Game To Your Relationship

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 5:13 PM

My husband John walked into the room with a big grin on his face, waving his mobile device at me. "Now, here's a good news story," he exclaims, reading me the headlines of an on-line article, "Ten Celebrities Who Don't Believe In Monogamy."

"Let me guess. Scarlett Johansson is on...

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Putting My Mother's Life In Boxes

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:37 PM

My sister and I have been putting my mom's life into boxes. She died two months ago, so we are sorting through her things deciding what we keep, what goes to others who loved her, and what gets shipped off to strangers in need.

My mom loved her apartment. She...

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Three Things New Dads Can Do to Get More Sex

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:22 PM

When my oldest son Jake was 13 months old, I found out I was expecting another child. I remember sitting in my doctor's office stunned as she showed me the positive pregnancy strip. As an exhausted mother, I don't remember trying very hard to conceive. Actually, I don't remember trying...

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Do You Know the Achilles Heel of Your Relationship?

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Here is how the conversation started. My husband John and I were in San Francisco at the Hertz Rent-a-Car. We were waiting to pick up a Camaro convertible for our drive to Big Sur. The trip was a splurge for our 25th wedding anniversary although there seemed to be some...

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An Ode to My Mother

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:27 PM

My mother is not the kind of mother I need. And I am not the kind of daughter she wants. That makes us "even" in a cruel sort of way. But what has become apparent to me in the past several weeks is that she is the only mother I...

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How We Brought Our Relationship Back to Life After Having Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:54 AM

After I pumped out two kids in less than two years, my husband and I decided it was time to take birth control more seriously. We opted for the barrier method. The barriers were the two small kids who slept curled up between us. God knows we tried to get...

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