CategoryMarriage problems

Dating? Don’t Assume Love

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My advice to Assume Love applies only in a marriage or another relationship in which both partners have made a commitment to the longevity of the relationship. Until then, it might be wise to Assume the Worst. When you assume love, you deliberately seek out evidence of your mate’s love for you. Any actions with an ambiguous cause you can safely attribute to love because you have a partner...

The Disappearing Husband

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Recently, my husband and I attended a weekend event with speakers’ presentations in several of the ballrooms and a hospitality suite on the top floor for eating, drinking, and mingling. We’ve both gone to these before and know lots of the other folks who show up. So why did my worrying mind go into overdrive when I noticed he’d vanished from the seat next to mine at one of the...

When Will You Be Home?

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When KT married Ben last year, she loved to get a call from him during her workday. She’d look forward to 5:30, when she’d arrive home to a big hug and a huge smile. With her new job, she can’t count on leaving as early. She’s often rushing to get out of the office, then racing through traffic only to get home closer to 6:00, when she gets only Ben’s icy greeting...

Dirty Dishes and Open Toothpaste Tubes

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We’ve all got our pet peeves when living with someone else, and spouses get a special break only for the first few months. What should you do when you encounter dirty dishes in the sink, an open toothpaste tube on the sink, wet bathroom floors, sweat socks in the dining room, spice bottles lined up alphabetically instead of by height and all the rest of the annoying things that real people...

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Loves Me… Loves Me Not…

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This website is for anyone who’s ever wondered if their husband, wife, or life partner really meant that “I do” or whether they are still loved today. It’s for everyone who’s found a partner but still battles with unmet needs, unresolved conflicts, and questions of what’s fair and what’s not. I learned a few things when I lost my first husband. First...

Patty Newbold

I am a widow who got it right the second time. I have been sharing here since February 14, 2006 what I learned from that experience and from positive psychology, marriage research, and my training as a marriage educator.

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