Whether you’ve been dating for weeks or years, the first holiday meal you spend at his family’s house is unnerving. Hopefully, you’ve met his family before this big day, though maybe you haven’t. Regardless, the premiere Thanksgiving at his parents’ house is an entirely new adventure –who knows what you’re walking into? Each family has its own set of rituals, customs, and holiday expectations, not to mention unique ways of communicating, joking — and making stuffing. Here are 10 tips to help you minimize any potential awkwardness so that you won’t feel like the odd (wo)man out, and can instead focus on the marathon eating. And if you’re a liberal vegetarian and his parents are meat-worshiping Tea Partiers, maybe read this list twice.
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Halloween is about turning heads and causing a ruckus. You and your trick-or-treating partner will be the most controversial couple at the party if you decide to pay homage to one of the biggest sex scandals of the year. I mean, who could possibly ignore Anthony Weiner and the infamous cell phone from whence the d**k pics came? Click through for more sex scandal costumes for couples.
Last Thursday, I prepared myself for what I thought would be a big milestone in my relationship with The Young One. His older sister—who serves double duty as his best friend—was visiting and I was going to meet her for the first time over dinner. That morning, I rummaged through my closet, trying to find the perfect ensemble to project a cool-yet-wholesome image. Over lunch, I brainstormed restaurants with my co-workers, hoping to find a place that felt special and laid-back at the same time—a true reflection of me. All afternoon I felt on a high that I was about to meet my first member of The Young One’s family—the one he was closest to, no less. Visions of his sister and I becoming besties danced in my head.
But as late afternoon rolled around, I hadn’t heard from The Young One. He remembers dinner tonight, right? I thought before spiraling into another thought. What if he’s changed his mind about introducing me to his sister? Keep reading »
According to a new study, bathroom behaviors are to blame for triggering the majority of couples’ average of 312 fights a year, with kitchen cleanliness coming in a close second. If you think couples are fighting — most often on Thursdays at 8:00pm for approximately ten minutes — about meaningful stuff like sex, money, parenting, and core values, think again. The study,aptly conducted by Betterbathrooms.com, found that for the 3,000 adults surveyed, it’s the little things that happen in the potty room, like hair in the shower drain, that cause the biggest fights. I don’t know about you, but hair in the drain really does send me into a rage. I also hate when the toilet paper roll is facing the wrong direction. Purely maddening. After the jump, the top 10 things that set couples off. What little things make you go postal on your SO? Feel free to get them off your chest in the comments. Keep reading »
When we talk about our sex lives, it’s usually in terms of how often, where and when we’re doing the actual deed. But some sex therapists contend that getting each other sexually aroused at random moments is just as important to a couple’s bond as lovemaking. Dr. Stephen Snyder blogged about this idea for PsychologyToday.com earlier this month, calling the technique “simmering,” when couples engage in sexually arousing each other — through an embrace, stroking each other’s hair, looking into each other’s eyes, having an intimate conversation — as a way to maintain their intimate bond during a busy day, and as a way to build up sexual interest for when they do find the time to get busy. Keep reading »
Relationships: not easy to have, but certainly easy to have an opinion on. We’ve all been given advice on how to make a relationship work, but some advice is better than others, at least according to therapist and relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch. Orbuch analyzed some of the most common relationship myths and came up with the top four worst relationship mythologies. At the top of the list? The idea that opposites attract. Because life isn’t a Paula Abdul video, superficial differences can be fine, but couples need to agree on basic life values. What else does Orbuch say you should watch out for? Keep reading »
What’s a healthy sex life? Is it true that what’s good for some might not work for others? According to sex therapist Ian Kerner, couples should be having sex once a week, minimum. Kerner’s seeing what he calls an “epidemic” of sexless relationships and believes that things like social and economic stresses, health problems and the rise of internet porn are to blame. Reconnecting with your partner on a physical level helps reaffirm intimacy and rebuild connections. But! He says, sex isn’t just about connecting with your partner in an intimate way. It’s also great for reducing stress, boosting immunity and releasing pleasure chemicals called endorphins. Some other added benefits: steady sex helps boost confidence and has been shown to make people more successful at work.
So, does sex once a week sound like a good number to you? Too much? Too little? [CNN] Keep reading »