Relationships have a life cycle from attraction, to courtship and dating, to love and commitment, and though many relationships never make it “till death do you part,” they’ll still inevitably die a natural (or unnatural) death. Those many stages each have their own sets of problems and issues that can arise through various points, and some may be more difficult to tackle than others. Here’s a brief look back at some of them.
- Ten fun date ideas and fifteen fun date ideas — An extra spark of inspiration helps get away from that “dinner and a movie rut.
- Meeting new people
- Being more approachable
- Why won’t he call?
- Why do I keep dating losers? We’ve all been there. Here’s how to move on.
Loving and committing
- Loving a military man — It’s a fact of life in the St. Louis area, the military, that is, and if your man is in the military, there are some things you need to know about life with him and loving him.
- How do you know you’re in love? It’s a good question to ask — and you need to know the answer.
- Can you love more than one person at a time?
- Getting too close too fast. It happens; here’s how to keep from being burned.
- Can rebound relationships work? The answer? You’ll have to read the article.
- How long should a couple date before becoming engaged? Is there a set amount of time, or is it whenever it feels right?
- Signs he is going to propose
- Should you propose?
- Is it ok to settle?
- Is he Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now?
- The truth about marriage
- Ten ways to keep your fights fair
- Keeping little problems from becoming big problems parts one and two.
- Fighting the tempation to cheat — because sometimes we are all tempted, and no temptation is worth losing a lifetime of love over.
- Reconnecting with your man. In this busy world, it’s easy to get disconnected. Get back in your close groove with some simple tips.
- Romancing your man — Did you know men like romance, too? It’s just not the same kind of romance women typically enjoy!
- How healthy is your marriage?
No relationship is perfect … and that’s where the rest of these come in.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month — domestic violence is an important issue, and I write often about it. Know the signs of an abusive relationship, and know how to get out before it’s too late.
- Physical health is also important. Eat healthy, exercise, and keep your relationship on track, because it can have a negative impact on your health.
- Mental health is just as important as physical health. Read about it in this four part series (one, two, three, four).
- Sexual health is obviously very important in a relationship, and if you don’t know your partner’s health status, you must protect yourself. Abstinence is the best way to do that, because right now, St. Louis has one of the highest STI rates in the country, and there is no magic bullet against HIV.
- Jealousy happens — what do you do? What about him? And what if it’s an ex?
- Chore wars? What a bore.
- If it’s time to break up, please do it kindly.
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