Commitment and monogamy

  • How to Know if a Relationship Has a Future

    Love brings with it a whirlwind of emotions – it is makes you want this person, want him/her to want you back; it makes you certain as never before or it befuddles you with conflicting feelings. In all this tumult, one of the questions you dread asking if the relationship has a future for fear that somehow it may spoil things. But then it is only human nature to know what is going to happen next, especially if you believe that this guy/girl is the one for you. While there is no single foolproof formula here are a few questions to ask yourself if you want to know whether your relationship has a future?

  • How Do you Know if a Man is Good Husband Material?

    Now that you have met the man of your dreams, you cannot wait to move ahead to a ‘relationship’ and then if things go really well, even get married to him. However what makes a man an ideal boyfriend and a perfect husband could be two entirely different things and after the excitement of the wedding has died down, these differences could come to you as a rude surprise. So if you are considering walking down the aisle with your partner, here are a few clues to tell you if a man is good husband material.

  • How to Have the Best of Both Worlds as a Stay-at-home Mom

    Every family and woman belonging to it has different needs and resources. If you wish to take care of your kids without being obliged to take up a full time day job, look upon this as a privilege and not a limitation. Bringing up a child is one of the keenest pleasures in the world and you should consider yourself lucky if you get an opportunity to do this unhindered. However the decision to be a stay-at-home mom is not an easy one since this involves innumerable adjustments on the personal front as well as a certain restriction on the practical front. Here are thus a few ways you can have the best of both worlds – the inner and outer – as a stay-at-home mom.

  • Codependency in Relationships

    Love is usually associated with the feeling of being needed and desired by someone speical. And yet too much of this can also be a bad thing. One of the conditions marked by an excess of neediness is codependency in relationships which in turn can signify deep-rooted emotional and psychological issues. Here is more about codependency in relationships, how to recognize the signs and how to overcome it.

  • When your Husband Doesn't Wear the Wedding Ring

    Symbols have a significant role in how we make sense of the world and our place in it. One such symbol in human relationships is the wedding ring which stands for marital love and commitment. So while wearing a ring does not automatically guarantee marital fidelity, absence of it may denote various things ranging from lack of love to actively cheating on a spouse. Thus if you find your husband not wearing your wedding ring, here are a few things his action can imply.

  • How to Know if your Partner is Spending Money From the Retirement Account

    Like love, money means different things to different people. In any serious relationship where two people work, spend and live together, differing financial habits can become a source of conflict. The problem is made even more complex when mistrust and secrecy come into play. Thus if you suspect that your partner is making unscheduled expenses, like spending money from the retirement account, here are a few things you can do.

  • How to Cope When your Husband has a Vasectomy

    Having a family is considered one of the most important ways building a network of love and emotional support in life. However there are many those who choose not to have children, either as individuals or together as partners. If you have just been made aware of the fact that your husband has a vasectomy, here are a few things you can do.

  • When your Ex-husband Dies

    In these times, the circle of people affected by a death has expanded from family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances to include former spouses. And yet the precarious relationship between ex spouses also means that often individuals do not know how to mourn the death of a former partner. Here are a few things to keep in mind when your ex-husband dies and you are tossed onto strange and difficult emotions.

  • Does a Person Continue to Get Social Security after Death of a Spouse?

    Social security benefits constitute one of the most important means of leading a good quality of life after one is no longer capable of working in senior years. However like all government plans, certain confusions about its rules and beneficiaries persist. So if your spouse has been receiving social security benefits and you wish to know if you can continue to receive them after his/her death, here are a few guidelines.

  • 10 Signs your Husband is Gay

    Sexuality is a complex matter – some believe that it is inherent in a person while others feel that environment and experiences play a role in how a person sees himself. So it is highly likely that the guy you fell in love with and married may have discovered a hitherto-unknown part of himself. Or he may have always been a closet gay and marrying you was a last-ditch effort to fit in with mainstream sexual norms. Whatever the reason, if you have been noticing all or most of the following signs in your husband for some time, it may be because he is gay.

  • When you Want Kids But your Partner Doesn't

    Having a baby ranks pretty high in the list of life-changing experiences. However this can mean different things for either partner; so while you feel you are ready to have a baby, your partner may not be of the same view. Unfortunately this difference in priorities can create significant stress in a relationship. So if you find your partner is closed to the idea of having more kids while you wish to become a parent, here are a few things you can do.

  • When your Spouse Wants to Move to a Different City to Pursue a Career

    Marriage is at the best of times a delicate balancing act between aspirations and priorities of both partners. And one of the issues which brings this to the fore is whether to stay or to move when a job opportunity is offered to one spouse. If you're the one who is moving because of your partner, you may feel like you're getting the raw end of the deal, giving up a fulfilling life in order to support your significant other. This can not only lead to strain in the marriage but to a more difficult time adapting to your new location even when you decide to go along with the change.

  • Finding a Long Term Relationship for Women

    With social mores and expectations undergoing a sea-change, it is no longer mandatory for women to settle down with a husband and children before they hit thirty. Today’s women have the luxury of focusing on college and her job while in their twenties even as they experiment with relationships in order to find out what she really wants. However should you feel it is time to settle down to a long term relationship, here are a few ways you can go about it.

  • When your Spouse Loses a Parent

    The death of a parent can be a devastating experience for anyone. But when it is your spouse who goes through this, it can affect your entire family for days together. So if your spouse has lost a parent recently, here are a few ways you can support him/her and get back your family life on track.

  • Are Stay at Home Moms Better for Kids?

    Bringing up a child is one of the keenest pleasures in the world and most women want to do this as perfectly as possible. However human beings can only do so much physically and along the way women very often have to compromise on their roles as professionals and mothers. So in the end, which is better for raising kids, a professional or a stay-at-home mom?