Step-parenting: Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with the "Other" Parent

Step-parenting: Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with the "Other" Parent

I’m not a step parent and I don’t have step parents. And although I’ve worked with many, it doesn’t take a professional to imagine that probably the hardest part of step-parenting is dealing with the ‘other parent’, who of course also happens to be your partner’s ex. Talk about tricky! I really do have great admiration for people who navigate it successfully and empathy for those who struggle with it. 

8 steps to improve our sex life and intimacy

8 steps to improve our sex life and intimacy

It’s been said that for a woman to have sex she needs a reason, but a man just needs a place! This is because it’s the man’s job to just spread his seed and she’s supposed to be the picky one to make sure it’s only the quality seed that grows. A woman is also at a higher risk of feeling vulnerable because she’s generally less strong than a man, so she must feel safe and protected before being intimate.

My partner is lazy. How can I make the workload in our relationship fair?

My partner is lazy. How can I make the workload in our relationship fair?

It’s not uncommon for one partner to feel as though they do more within the relationship than their lazy partner. This may be in relation to the household duties, income earned, perhaps its regarding the parenting or it could even be the effort put into maintaining and deepening the relationship. There are a few reasons why you might find your partner to be lazy, and it depends on what the reason is as to what you’re going to do about it. 

3 Dos and Don'ts for Effective Step Parenting

3 Dos and Don'ts for Effective Step Parenting

Relationships can be really hard work. When you deeply love the other person though and you have common goals to make the relationship work, it makes the hard work worthwhile. But what if you’re in a relationship that you didn’t necessarily choose? With someone that you don’t necessarily love or even like? Step parenting is one of the hardest relationships to get right. It’s so complicated. You have to be a parent to someone who already has two parents. You have an ex to deal with. You’ve got expectations from the child and their parents. And what if the kid just doesn’t like you? Who do you talk to for support? After all, you don’t want to appear to be taking sides.

How to Fight Less and Resolve Conflicts and Disagreements in 4 Clear Steps

How to Fight Less and Resolve Conflicts and Disagreements in 4 Clear Steps

Fighting less isn’t a skill you can acquire overnight. It’s something you need to work on over time. There are two elements that will contribute to the long-term reduction of conflicts within your relationship. The first is how you manage yourself when an issue comes up, whether you choose to just yell it out or find a way to calm down. The second is how you talk through the issue in order to resolve it. 

9 steps to Improve Communication with your Partner

9 steps to Improve Communication with your Partner

No matter how committed a couple are, how much they love each other, how much time, energy and devotion they put into their relationship or even how good their sex life is, if a couple doesn’t communicate well, their relationship won’t work smoothly, and they’ll find themselves being constantly frustrated. Here’s some really important tips to take on board to improve communication with your partner.

Understanding Emotional Triggers in Men and Women

Understanding Emotional Triggers in Men and Women

It’s the similarities in a relationship that make it work. However, it’s the differences that ignite the passion. Two people in a relationship are like magnets. They can attract or repel. Understanding this and managing it can be crucial to the survival of a relationship. Now the two poles are male energy and female energy. All men and women possess each one, but one is more of a dominant force than the other in an individual.