This Valentine’s Day, don’t fall into the trap of just picking up the nearest and cheapest bouquet of flowers for your sweetheart. Flowers die quickly, and then your partner is left with a vase full of mouldy stems and leaves that they have to get rid of. There are so many better ideas out there for Valentine’s Day presents!
While some people prefer the single life, anyone who craves partnership can tell you how good it feels to finally find “the one” and feel like the awfulness of dating is behind you. However, by viewing marriage as a milestone that once achieved can subsist on love alone without work or attention, we are setting ourselves up for failure, or rather, divorce.
Irate customers, overtime, staff meetings, and deadlines. Whether you’re slaving away behind a hot stove or slumped over a well worn keyboard (ahem), the workplace can be stressful. I mean, if it wasn’t all that difficult, you wouldn’t be getting paid for it, right? Day-in day-out, occupational stresses are generally unavoidable. Bullies, however, are a different story.
People tend to have strong opinions one way or the other about women who change their name when they get married. Some (particularly the older generations) feel it’s a tradition that should always be upheld, and get very offended when a woman chooses to keep her maiden name. Other people believe that women should not change their name, perhaps for feminist or heritage reasons.
Let’s get a few things straight before we begin: there are hundreds of reasons why a woman might not have kids. We might be too old, too young, feeling too selfish or too busy. It might be a personal choice or it might not be. We might just not quite be ready yet.
Sometimes clichés are valid and do make a bit of sense – for example, hindsight being 20/20 and “marriages being made in heaven, while maintenance is here on earth.” Very nice! The facts of married life do include speedbumps. Most speedbumps are cautions that, if handled properly, can keep marriages interesting. Some are jarring. And some are outright serious jolts and risks.
As much as we love kids, most of us, busy with our responsibilities, rarely take the time to think about just what it is that children seem to intuitively understand, that adults seem to have forgotten. Luckily, for generations, psychologists have been studying how children can motivate and inspire us in our adult lives.
There are plenty of ways to spot a manipulator and stop them in their tracks. Sometimes it takes completely pulling yourself out of the situation to see it clearly, but other times, they leave insidious little clues that you can spot with just a little sleuthing.
If asked, probably most of us can recall our first crush, which perhaps is associated with a cringe-worthy, pink-faced embarrassing moment or three… (If only that was the last time one of those happened!) And we can also likely agree matters of the heart rarely made sense.
Everyone sets out to be the perfect parent. From the first moment you hold your baby on the day they’re born, you tell yourself you’ll do everything right for your child. And then you immediately manage to screw something up. Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with you – that’s just how it goes.
Most relationships – long term ones, that is – go through a natural progression. After a period of dating, the couple may decide to get engaged, and then married over the course of a few years. Once those milestones are out of the way, of course, the discussion often turns to having kids.
Swaddling is the practice of wrapping a baby very snugly in blankets so that only their head is left out. Swaddling is nothing new—in fact, some experts think that it’s been around since the Paleolithic area.
Anxiety is a condition that plagues many people; some visit medical professionals on a regular basis, while others are afraid to take that route just yet. Still though, most of us with anxiety share a similar hope: that our friends can more fully understand us.
Living with another person is a big commitment, it can get tricky if things go sour. It’s easy to laugh at roommate horror stories, but it’s totally different when your horrible roommate is also your spouse.