A Different Christmas

Image credit: www.steppingthrough.com.auThe carols are playing, the decorations are up and strings of lights are strung over houses with care. It all seems rather normal, but for repartnered families having a first (or tenth!) Christmas together, it can feel pretty surreal....more
Lisa Thomson  Thanks for sharing.  Sounds like you and the kids will have a fantastic Christmas ...more

How To Get The Size Diamond Someone Like YOU Deserves!

Myself: 17% Together: 25% I gave guidelines:  11% I gave direct hints: 13% He surprised me: 34%What are these statistics for? These are the results of a survey given by The BAA (Bridal Association of America) to recently married females.  The question:  “Who picked out your engagement ring?”...more
AdrienneCookie  Hey thanks!  Just finding your comment now.  I hope you had a terrific holiday!more

Creating Connections: Draw Them In

Many years ago, an Edwin Markham poem inspired me, and I’ve tried to live by it Outwitted by Edwin Markham He drew a circle that shut me out — Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in! ...more

My Marriage Lasted 8 Months and I Have No Regrets

Some people think divorce is taking the easy way out. Sometimes, I think it takes courage.We met when I was 19.  I had a decent office job, no plans to go back to college, and a confused future.  He was 24 and hadn’t been confused about his future since he was 10; he knew what he wanted and always had a plan to get there.  His friends were similar in the way of ambition, goal setting, and sticking to those things – none of which I really ever had.  ...more
One of the scariest things about leaving a relationship is living on your own - especially when ...more

Surviving Christmas

All the marketing that we are bombarded with in the lead up to the festive season, means we tend to associate Christmas with summer holidays, friends and, most importantly, family....more

Parenthood: Did It Ruin You?

So I forced myself to finally finish watching the movie: Sex Tape. I must say that I absolutely loved the movie and am glad that I waited so long to see it. If you haven't seen it, you can read the brief overview below: ...more

Talking Books with Mary-Lou Stephens, author of 'How To Stay Married'

Mary-Lou Stephens studied acting and played in bands before she got a proper job -in radio. She writes whenever she's not behind the microphone or heading off to a meditation retreat....more

Solid As A Rock

Image credit: www.steppingthrough.com.auAmong other things, a strong couple bond is essential to the success of any stepfamily. The most vulnerable relationship is between you and your partner – not between you and your stepkids....more

Q and A: Fiancés, Strip Clubs and Whores (I'm just repeating what she said.)

Sarah,   Okay, so I might sound like a nut, and that’s fine. Here we go…...more
Absolutely! What it all boils down to is exactly what you're saying...that it's not just about a ...more

False Images of Love

Do you find yourself waiting secretly for your knight in shining armour to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after?Or for a wonderful woman to lift off your depression and sense of aimlessness? Although we laugh at such ridiculous fantasies as the stuff of naïve, lovesick teenagers, we all must face the deep temptation within ourselves to ask our partner to fulfil all of our needs....more