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    No one wants to admit that they're doing it wrong. You know what I'm talking about: Sex. By the time we reach our teens we want to think we know everything about it. But well into adulthood a lot of us are still clueless, running around with all kinds of silly ideas in our heads about how sex works. Then we carry that misinformation into a marriage, and no wonder there are so many sexless or sexually-blah relationships out there.

    Two doctors are out to dispel as many myths as they possibly can through a new book: Don't Put That in There! And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman. Even if you're sure you know everything about sex you may be surprised ... or at least curious. Come on, admit it. Here are 11 myths about sex that could be ruining your marriage -- or at least dampening things in the bedroom. See how many of these you already knew.

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    It happens in a lot of long-term relationships: You or your spouse lets himself go. Maybe you put on a lot of weight after the baby and it seems too hopeless to get back into shape. Maybe he's overwhelmed with work and health issues and has just given up. What do you do? You want the two of you to be your best selves, to enjoy good health and remain vital and ... okay, almost as fun and sexy as you were when you first met. But you know what's going to happen if you bring it up: You're going to put your spouse on the defensive, and it's going to backfire.

    We asked relationship expert and author Dr. Logan Levkoff for advice on the best way to approach this issue constructively and lovingly.

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    Ah, vacation time is finally here. Time for some rest, relaxation and ... an epic brawl with your husband over whether you should have turned south at the fork in the road or if it was actually quite obvious that you should have kept going EAST, YOU IDIOT!!

    Deep breath. Does that sound familiar? It's amazing how a vacation that's supposed to be fun and rejuvenating can also be so stressful, especially for couples. But with the right strategy, you can restore peace to your holiday. We all want to know how to avoid fighting with our spouse on vacation. Well, here's three of the most common fights couples have on a trip and how to deal with them.

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    Are you a good kisser? Do you have any idea? I don't think any of us are walking around thinking "yep, I'm a lousy kisser, that's me!" However, there's always room for improvement. Yes? And since Sunday is International Kissing Day it's a good time to give yourself a smooching assessment. Perhaps your embraces use a bit of fine-tuning. Kissing, Relationship and Body Language Expert, and co-founder of L'amour TV, Katia Loisel gets us started with her list of top lip-smacking no-nos, and we've added a few more of our own. Are you guilty of any of these pucker misdemeanors?

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    The average couple dates for two to three years before getting married. But on a new show, six people will marry each other on the first date. Arranged marriages are back, and this time they're on TV! It's all happening on the reality show Married at First Sight.

    Matchmakers will use science to find the perfect match for a few willing singles, and those brave souls will meet each other for the first time at their wedding. We'll get to see their first weeks together and find out which marriages stand the test of TV-time and which fall apart under the pressure.

    Now what could possibly go wrong in this scenario?!?

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    Sheesh. Most of the time they seem like they're pretty happy together, but it sure seems like the reality of marriage is hitting Mackenzie Douthit and Josh McKee smack dab in the face.

    A few weeks ago, she was all bent out of shape because of his incessant snoring. Now she's complaining about her beloved hubby again -- on Twitter, of all places.

    Check out what Mackenzie posted about Josh earlier today. It sure sounds like her weekend isn't exactly off to a winning start.

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    My husband and I have always had epic fights. There was the time he flipped the mattress over early in our marriage. Or the time he broke the heater in my car after he smashed it with his palm. I have broken a mirror, and once when we were engaged, I threw my engagement ring so hard that one of the platinum prongs bent. It's still warped 14 years later. Yep. When we fight, we do it up right.

    So when we got the idea to challenge ourselves to a week with NO fights, we both really wondered if we could do it.

    We fight about dumb things. The dishes. Or the cat litter. Or me leaving the lights on (AGAIN!) in the bathroom. Or him eating all my peanut butter cups when I'm jonesing and nine months pregnant.

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    Once you've been cheated on, it's hard to learn to trust someone again. If you're brave enough to give love another chance after a breakup or divorce because of infidelity, how do you put your heart in someone else's hands? How much should your past experience color your new relationship? How can you let go and feel safe again with the memory of betrayal fresh in your heart and mind?

    I talked with family counselor Dr. Laurie Moore for advice on navigating a new relationship after infidelity. There are some surprisingly simple ideas that can help you work through all your complicated feelings. Moore offered 6 tips for how to love again after cheating.

    More From The Stir: 10 Classic Signs Your Man Might Be Cheating

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    When it comes to marriage advice, it's pretty clear that Michelle Duggar -- mother of 19 children and wife to Jim Bob Duggar for over 30 years -- would have the best there was to offer. Sure enough, just two days before her daughter Jill walked down the aisle to marry Derick Dillard, Michelle gave the couple some words of marital wisdom on her blog.

    It's hard to imagine what it must feel like to be the mother of the bride. I can only dream about what I would want to say to my daughters before they join hands with someone for life. I am sure that when the time comes, I will have quite a bit more experience and may be almost as wise as Michelle when it comes to marriage. At least I hope I will.

    Michelle Duggar's 3 marriage tips are deceptively simple, yet brilliant. She credits a friend with passing them on to her. And they really do work if you try them yourself!

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    There are few things in life more heartbreaking than calling off a wedding that has been planned already. While breaking up before tying the knot is better than divorce, the truth is, it's only slightly better. Splitting before the wedding has a whole other to-do list, one that can overwhelm someone already in the throes of breakup hell.

    "Two-hundred-and-six people is, in my case, the number of people to whom you have to break the news," wrote Lauren Parker in a Huffington Post essay about her own painful, humiliating experience with giving back the ring. "Usually this is done by some swift combination of you, your family, your wedding party, and your wedding planner, if you have one."

    After Parker canceled her wedding, a friend told her that she'd been in the same boat -- and her mom was so embarrassed, she made her hand-address 450 un-invitations. It's hard to even imagine.

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