Posts tagged "independence"

Girl Talk: What My Mom Taught Me About Motherhood

I was in an online networking group, for a while, in which there coincidentally happened to be many, many children of narcissistic parents, mothers especially. Well, either it was a coincidence, or there are more narcissistic parents in the world than one would imagine. It sounds horrible. Apparently, narcissistic parents rely on their children for

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 18, 2014

Life After Dating: On Expecting A Relationship To Save You

If someone suggested that you were holding out for a relationship to save you and magically solve all your problems, you'd adamantly insist they'd gotten you all wrong and briefly consider slapping them in the face, right? Expecting a guy to save you sounds ludicrous on a surface level, and even reminiscent of the dreaded…

By: Claire Hannum / December 8, 2014

Life After Dating: Sorry, But Sometimes I Just Want A Man To Take Care Of Me

Growing up, I saw singledom as the "default" way to live. My first impression of my (divorced) parents were as singles, and they were carrying on just fine, so I figured that was just the way things were. I managed to remain pretty oblivious to the society-wide pressure to marry longer than most kids, and…

By: Claire Hannum / October 20, 2014

Dating Don’ts: The Importance Of Independence

My ex-boyfriend’s parents have been married for years, but they sleep in separate beds. At first, I found this practice strange, a manifestation of a marriage that no longer had the sparkle, one that had become more comfortable and practical than anything else. I was wrong. His parents were, in fact, perfectly content, deeply comfortable…

By: Megan Reynolds / April 1, 2014

Girl Talk: I Travel The World. Alone.

Since 1998, I’ve filled two passports, trundled through innumerable airports and navigated the border crossings of 28 countries -- almost always by myself.  Occasionally I’ve been accompanied by a boyfriend, sometimes by a brave friend I’ve convinced to join me, but most of the time I wandered out into the throng of waiting touts alone.

By: Sarah Von Bargen / December 9, 2011

Girl Talk: (Not So) Independent Woman (Anymore)

Just a few years ago, I had a huge pair of balls. Big, old honkin' balls. And then I moved in with my boyfriend. He's not a particularly "Grr! I'm a man! I'm going to take care of you!" kind of guy. But he does like taking care of me, so I try to let…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 28, 2010

The Top Ten Best Things About Being Single & Independent

In honor of Independence Day, we asked around for the best things about being single and independent. Here's the top ten! 10. HOOKING UP "Kissing total strangers when you're out at bars or on dance floors. No names, no numbers exchanged, just random frenching." -- Sonia "Ahh, guiltless, shameless flirting with strangers." -- Jocely…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 3, 2008