Commitment and monogamy

  • How a Bad Relationship Can Ruin your Health

    In recent times the health benefits of marriage have been widely discussed. But while strong partnerships can help us avoid illness, adopt healthier habits, and even live longer, it is increasingly becoming evident that troubled relationships can have the opposite effect of ruining the health of partners by breeding stress and weaken immunity.

  • Do you and your Partner Have a Similar Approach to Money?

    It is no secret that financial stress is one of the biggest reasons for a relationship coming apart. Love often proves to be inadequate when money is tight and couples can’t cope with the situation together. Even when there is enough dough to go around and you are in no major debt, if the way you handle money differs significantly from that of your partner, you may keep having fights about spending and saving. In order to see if you are financially compatible, here are a few questions you can consider.

  • Convince Husband to Stay in the Marriage

    With no-fault divorces becoming universal and financial support virtually guaranteed to the less-earning spouse, husbands these days are rarely held back by social and moral compulsions if they have made up their minds to leave the marriage. And yet if you have shared a life, perhaps raised a family and you still love this man, there could be a few ways to convince him to stay and give your marriage another chance.

  • When your Mom is Doing Everything to Control your Dating

    No one likes to be controlled, least of all in their personal lives. While most adults admit that they cannot do much about things like traffic snarls or a short-tempered boss, others like romantic choices and dating partners should be beyond interference. And yet a mother is someone who almost always has your best interests in heart. Besides the fact that for two decades of your life, she has been looking out for you makes it difficult to banish her away on the sidelines of your existence. However if your mother’s controlling behavior is proving to be intolerable and she seems to be doing everything possible to direct your dating, here are a few things to consider.

  • How to Do Household Chores Together

    There are no two ways about the fact that chores are a drag – matter how much two people are crazy about each other and glad of sharing a home, still almost every couple would agree that the sight of dirty dishes piled high in the kitchen sink or bags of laundry waiting to be done are nothing to get excited about. However tacking even this unpleasant task can be made bearable if you can tackle the chores together.

  • When your Partner is Suicidal

    An attempted suicide is often not the final step to oblivion for a depressed person – it could be a cry for help, an attempt to get others notice his/her pain before it becomes bearable and to die is the only way out. But to a partner these repeated attempts at suicide are extremely traumatic. Though, ideally an emotionally healthy partner is the best bet for a truly fulfilling relationship,  if your partner develops extreme depression over time or you are already into a relationship and this partner means more to you than anything else, here are some ways to cope with a partner who is suicidal.

  • When your Husband Doesn't Contribute Financially

    Though conventional gender roles are undergoing massive change in society, the husband is still the one who is expected to bring home the bacon – in other words, pay for the bulk of household expenses. Many men may resent this, especially if their wives are earning as well as even higher than them. While the exact division of expenses in a marriage is largely a matter of personal dynamics, there is no doubt that an arrangement which is not equitable is bound to leave at least one of the spouses feeling short-changed. So if you feel that your husband isn’t doing his bit towards domestic financial responsibilities, here are a few things you might want to consider.

  • When your Husband is on his Way Back Home from War

    The experience of war is not one which can be left behind at the battlefield. No matter which side wins or loses, every soldier brings back a baggage of memories and emotions from the frontlines. So if you have just been informed that your husband is on his way back home from the war, here are a few ways to prepare yourself and the family.

  • Is it Wrong to Not Want to Be in a Relationship?

    Not so long ago ‘falling in love’ was widely thought to be the ultimate state of bliss; no matter how rich or poor you were, how pretty or plain-looking, it was as though the state of being in love put everything right – things might not always end the way you would like to but nevertheless just the experience of loving and losing was assumed to be better than never having loved at all. Now with increasing reality of the frailty of human commitment and the plethora of social networking sites which can even hook you up with someone supposedly compatible, love has become somewhat irrelevant or even an embarrassing word to use.

  • If he Likes you So Much, Why is he Still on Dating Websites?

    Dating websites have come a long way from the time they were the only recourse of nerds or other socially awkward people looking for a date. So it is quite likely that you may have met a wonderful guy on a dating site and hit off equally well in real life. Just when you thought things were rolling along merrily, you happen to browse the same or another dating site and find his profile still active. Under such a situation it is only natural for you to wonder why if he likes you so much, is he still on dating sites.

  • Should a New Mom take a Break from her Career for her Baby?

    Like any life-altering experience, the birth of a baby ushers in a host of changes which are sure to redo the equation between a new mom’s personal and professional lives. She is most likely to find herself overwhelmed with questions like “What's best for the baby? What's best for me? Can I afford to stay home? Will my career take a nosedive if I do? Who will care for my baby if I don't?” Figuring out if she should take a break from her career can be a new mom's toughest decision and here are some aspects to the question to make things easier to understand.

  • Marrying Versus Living Together if you Don't Want Children

    In today’s world of soaring divorce rates, most couples are hesitant to commit themselves to marriage for fear of finding out that they are not really suited to be long-term partners. And yet, it is only natural that two people in a serious relationship would want to share a life together. In such a situation cohabitation or living together without being formally married is increasingly emerging as a popular option for couples who don’t want kids but want to share a life. But at the end of the day, how does this arrangement compare to marriage?

  • When you Want to Adopt a Child But your Partner Doesn't

    Having a child of your own blood involves pretty powerful emotional and cultural connotations. So while you may be ready to bring up  someone else's biological offspring as your own child, your partner may not feel the same about adoption. Unfortunately this difference in priorities can create significant stress in a relationship. So if you find your partner is closed to the idea of adopting a kid while you wish to become a parent, here are a few things you can do.

  • Aspects to Consider When Adopting a Child

    Raising a child is one of the most committed action anyone can undertake and that too over many years. While bringing up a biological child brings with it some cultural and psychological support, doing so for adopted child can involve an entirely different set of complications. So before you launch yourself and your family in the long and often tortuous paperwork, here are some aspects of adoption you might want to consider.

  • How to Share Housework and Chores Between a Couple

    While division of labor may have had its advantages centuries ago, with women now forming a significant part of the labor force, it is a physically impossible for a female partner to take on the responsibilities of the workplace as well as run a home entirely on her own. Apart from the practical advantages of sharing chores, when both partners chip in together to do housework, it creates for better understanding between the couple and creates the foundation for mutual respect and support. Here are a few tips on How to share chores so that both partners are happy and they have a well-run home.