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Prenuptial Agreements – Planning to Fail or Failing to Plan?

            The topic of prenuptial agreements can be divisive. Whether called prenuptial agreement, ante-nuptial agreement, or marital agreement, it is actually a contract entered into by the bride and groom to-be prior to marriage to set forth terms regarding property and/or alimony issues in the event of divorce or death.             Does it seem counter-intuitive...

Honor Their Father – Father’s Day Gifts for Your Mate

                We’re down to the wire on getting a good Father’s Day gift. The traditional shirt and tie gifts from the past don’t work for many in this casual age we live in.  The kids got Dad the fun gadgets already, so what’s left for you to celebrate the great dad you’re married to?                ...

Smile-Power in Marriage

            Who are you saving your smile for? A disgruntled coworker? A parent you cut off in the drop-off lane? We use smiles in a deliberate way because we know their power. An upward twist of the lips can stop a griping employee in his tracks or ease the tension in a chaotic situation.            ...

Date Your Mate – For Free! (the finale)

            You’ve been dating your mate for free since (or before) March when part one of Date Your Mate was published. You revved things up with all the options provided in April’s part two. But wait – there’s more! As we head into summer, this last installment of the Date Your Mate series offers suggestions...

Anti-Grumbling Marriage

            Life’s little irritations can make or break us. How we choose to deal with them affects our mates and marriages. It determines our level of contentedness.             Years ago people dressed their salads with oil and vinegar and homemade dressings. Homemakers were delighted when ready-made dressings became available in stores and were awed to...

Celebrate Your Child’s Mom – 5 Mother’s Day Gifts There’s Still Time to Find

                 If you have already assisted your child in making his mom a beautiful one-of-a-kind art project for Mother’s Day – maybe something that included spray-painted macaroni or a colorful handprint on a paper plate – know that you are not done. Oh sure, you get brownie points for helping your child have a gift...

Introverted But Not Shy - Does Your Mate Need Space?
Introverted, But Not Shy – Does Your Mate Need Space?

Does your spouse seem to hibernate every once in a while? Does your husband wander off by himself or unexpectedly shun socializing with people he usually enjoys? Does your normally chatty wife frantically wave her hand while mouthing “I’m not here” when you try to hand her the phone, leaving you to make a lame...

Marital Spats – Why it’s Crucial that YOU get the Last Word!

                It is crucial to have the last word in a marital tiff.  It’s control. It’s power. We all know that the one who speaks last wins.             The following conversation really took place. I have removed the real names of the speakers. Not to protect anybody – I just didn’t have the time...

Date Your Mate – For Free! (Part 2)

So how is the mate-dating going? Did you try out any of the free options in last month’s Date Your Mate article? Or any of the great ideas shared in the comment section? Well, whether you’re a slow-starter and looking for more options before you get rolling or a savvy dater who already exhausted last...

When to Dump the Date - Six Red Flags
When to Dump the Date – 6 Red Flags

You don’t have to make every relationship work. The whole point of dating is to get to know someone. Whether you’re looking for current companionship or an eventual long-term commitment, dating is an evaluation period. So evaluate. If an aspect of the relationship makes you uncomfortable, don’t be quick to dismiss it because you’re in...

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