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Advice for step-parents and stepsibling relationships

Advice for step-parents and stepsibling relationships

Lifestyle
According to Family Education, over half of remarriages end in divorce. Merging families can trigger major issues for both parents and children. Challenges for Step-Parents If children spend the majority of their time with their birth mother or father, they may resent the intrusion of a stepparent on their precious time during visits with mom or dad The introduction of half-siblings as a result of the union between a parent and a stepparent can cause tensions and jealousies to erupt Children being wedged together from both sides of the family have to get used to built-in brothers and sisters as well as a new stepparent If the blending of the family involves a move or a change in schools, this can cause resentment as schedules and routines are disrupted If any parent or steppa...
Four negative behavior patterns in love marriage problem

Four negative behavior patterns in love marriage problem

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Love marriage problem - All marriage partners have love marriage problem. All marriage partners have arguments from time to time and these may cause them to fall into negative behavior patterns. John M. Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman describe some of these love marriage problem behaviors in their book, 10 Lessons to Transform your Marriage (Crown Publishers, 2006). They also give advice on how to turn negative reactions and conflict into positive confrontations. Criticism Within a Love Marriage Problem When people marry and live together, it is easy for faults to be magnified and tempers to rise. Small irritations develop into big issues and husbands and wives start to accuse and criticize each other. Critical statements often begin with, “You always,” or “You never.” Crit
Stepchildren and biological children’s rivalry in second marriage

Stepchildren and biological children’s rivalry in second marriage

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Stepchildren and biological children will always be rivals for their parents' attention and love. Adults should try to understand what kids in a new stepfamily are going through and attempt to be fair but firm. It takes a while for bonding to take place between new stepsiblings. Emotional Issues in Stepfamilies While there is always some form of sibling rivalry in a biological, nuclear family, the dynamics of a stepfamily and the corresponding rivalries among children, are much more complicated. Most siblings come to the table a little bit shell-shocked because stepfamilies are the result of a loss, such as: Divorce Death of a parent End of a parent's long-term relationship with a live-in partner All of these losses have an enormous impact on both adults and children, and...
Love marriage problem – Pros and cons of two income

Love marriage problem – Pros and cons of two income

Career
Love marriage problem - At some point, a career woman may also find the need to balance the demands of work and the family as traditionally the wife is responsible for most of the household and childcare responsibilities. Higher academic qualifications, excellent performance on the job and career advancement opportunities given by the company are some reasons that may have propelled the wife's career and income ahead of the husband's. Some men may view the wife's success as a reflection of their inadequacy to provide for the family and this becomes the beginning of love marriage problem. Career and Two-Income Marriage Defined In most industrialized countries, the traditional gender role attitudes and cultural norms which dictate that the husband is the breadwinner while the wi...
Relationship coach – Dates at home inspired by the five senses

Relationship coach – Dates at home inspired by the five senses

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Relationship coach - Date nights at home are often listed among the top budget-friendly ways for married couples to reconnect with each other. But what are husbands and wives to do when dinner and a movie at home become stale? Using the five senses as a guide for date nights at home can revive tired routines and add romance back into a marriage. Date night ideas for married couples include recreating a spa night at home, experimenting with a wine, beer or cheese tasting and reinventing the dinner and a movie theme. Easy Home Spa for Couples According to relationship coach, creating a home spa is an easy way to have a date night that focuses on the five senses. To create a spa-like atmosphere, focus on lighting and the sense of sight first. Clear away clutter that distracts the eye...
Marriage counseling questionnaire: Is money very important

Marriage counseling questionnaire: Is money very important

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Marriage counseling questionnaire - Married couples who have successfully learned to handle all the financial dimensions of a successful married relationship are miles ahead of couples who do not master these simple, yet vital money fundamentals. Disagreements over money matters can be handled without much difficulty if a couple is willing to communicate openly and regularly. While it may not be necessary for both partners to actually write checks, pay bills, and distribute funds, it is necessary for both partners in a marriage to be involved in the everyday financial decisions, if believed to the marriage counseling questionnaire. This is especially true when it comes to future financial planning and investing money. The success or failure of the marriage may depend on this one, si...