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Is “Just Friends” The Coward’s Way Out?

Over and over society seems to say that men and women can’t be “just friends.” An article in The New York Times delineates these points from “When Harry Met Sally,” to more recent movies like “Friends With Benefits.” But sex and relationship therapist Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil takes the idea of “just friends” and turns it on its head: what if this is the coward’s way out?

Dr. Bonnie explains that adding in sex and intimacy into a relationship is more tricky so some people opt to take the friends-only root. “That’s not to say that every male/female friendship should end in marriage or that every such relationship harbors repressed romantic feelings. But often there is at least one member of the friendship who hopes for something more but doesn’t act on it.” Read more

7 Signs You’re Dating A Toxic Man

We’ve all met a toxic man.

In fact, you’ve probably met a whole lot of them. And spent time with them. And dated them. And got all mired in relationships with them. And the real kicker? You probably didn’t even realized that dude you were dating was a manipulative, lying, super-clingy control freak.

“So many women are worried about hurting a man’s feelings,” says Dr. Lillian Glass, author of the new book, Toxic Men: 10 Ways to Identify, Deal with, and Heal from the Men Who Make Your Life Miserable. “They forget to worry about themselves and their own emotional needs. A lot of woman are being abused and they don’t even know it.”  Read more…

4 Ways To Get A Fresh Start In Love This Spring

Spring is the perfect demonstration of the possibilities for our lives as the seasons change and bring with it a new opportunity for a better day. Spring has always been a magical time of the year because it is nature’s illustration of whatever appears to be “dead and without life” can come alive once again. Single women can get a fresh start for spring by realizing that no matter how dismal their love life appears to be, in an instant, this can change with a correct change in mindset, approach and understanding.

1. Forgive. You must make emotional room in your life for what you want before you can see physical manifestation of the desires of our hearts. That requires you to stop filling up your waking hours with work and caring for your children and make time for dating. You must also be willing to let go of past pains and hang-ups that stand in your way of finding true love. Read more

4 Simple Ways To “Spring Clean” Your Relationships

Anything worthwhile in life needs regular, positive attention. This includes relationships. If you want your most important relationships to grow and thrive, you need to care for them.

At this time of year, when the weather is warming up and we’re living in an energy of newness, try a little “spring cleaning” with these four easy tips that will bring fresh energy into any relationship. Read more…

Richard Gere Hates On “Pretty Woman”

The cult ’90s movie many girls grow up to worship in some manner is being bashed by none other than the man who was in it: Richard Gere.

The 62-year-old tells Women’s Day that “Pretty Woman” is “my least favorite thing” and calls it “a silly romantic comedy.” But, that silly comedy put him on the map in 1990 as a heartthrob and it launched Julia Roberts—who was only 22 at the time—into leading lady territory. So why is Gere being a hater? Read more…

7 Things You Should Feel Comfortable Doing In Front Of Your Man

I think it’s so annoying when girls won’t eat a big meal in front of their date, or just have to wear a full face of makeup whenever a guy they like is around. We’re humans, not dolls with no organs, and last time I checked, men feel pretty comfortable burping and the rest around us. This piece on Madame Noire listing “7 things you should be comfortable doing around your man” is right on target. Unless he accepts you the way you are, it isn’t true love!  Read more

I’m A March Madness Widow

We had just sat down to breakfast at a quaint Connecticut inn last Monday morning, during a romantic midwinter getaway.

The fireplace was roaring. Calming new age music piped softly, and our innkeeper was busy preparing us a small feast. Perfect, I thought. It was precisely the kind of escape I’d imagined when we planned the trip weeks ago. Jon turned to me and smiled. “Can you hand me the sports section?” he asked.

I suppose I should have expected this: It is mid-March, the time when many a man’s fantasy turns to college hoops. In the coming weeks, I knew from experience, there would be brackets to fill out and seemingly endless games to watch with hawk-like vigor. But that wasn’t all. Read more…

How A “Man Cave” Can Strengthen Your Relationship

My husband’s birthday was the day after Valentine’s Day, so celebrating is a double whammy. Buying him gifts for the two holidays was tough because I like buying him sentimental things for Valentine’s Day and useful things for his birthday. He is a practical man; he enjoys working in the yard and fixing things in the house. I encourage this part of him because he has a stressful job and working on things seems to relax him. I had been bugging him since the holidays about what he wanted for his birthday, so the week before his birthday when he came to me with a big grin on his face pointing to a magazine telling me, “This is what I want,” I paid attention. It was inside a Prime Living Magazine, for which I write, where he found his dream gift: a “man cave” you could build at home.  Read more …

Heidi Klum Opens Up About Seal Split

Heidi Klum and Seal photo

Heidi Klum hasn’t utter a peep other than a small tweet on January 31 regarding the end of her seven-year marriage to Seal. It seems she’s uncomfortable telling anyone about it, but she’s finally opening up a little. In the latest issue of Elle, the 38-year-old shares her emotions about the whole break. ”I feel like I’m in the eye of the tornado,” she says. “It’s emotions inside of your body that are a tornado. And then the outside world doing all this craziness—with you wanting it or not wanting it—is another tornado… But as hard as it is, so is life. And sometimes I think a curveball just comes at you. Instead of something straight that you catch, it hits you in the head from the side that you didn’t expect.” Read more…

10 Best Spring Date Ideas

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to switch up your date style. Toss the fuzzy wool socks and Netflix addiction and get outside! Whether you’re going on your first date or are in a long-term relationship, here are some fun date tips sure to bring pizzazz to your springtime. Read more

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