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Put Your Relationship to the Test

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 09:13
Before many couples are married, they may attend pre-marriage counseling. No matter how long the couple dated before taking the next step in their relationship, there may be things yet to be discussed. Bringing up topics like role expectations, family expectations, money, children, is important before the knot is tied. Work through these topics and solve any issues you may have. Below are sample questions presented to a couple in their counseling sessions. Each person answered the questions separately, then came back together to discuss their answers and reasoning. Make sure your marital bases are covered before you take the… Read more...

Go the Distance

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 13:30
For couples like Giuliana and Bill Rancic, being in a long distance relationship is reality, whether it is easy or not. But while movies have been made (Going the Distance, Like Crazy, Sleepless in Seattle, Casablanca), and songs have been sung (A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton, Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's, Vanilla Twilight by Owl City, All My Lovin' by The Beatles), nurturing and growing a relationship over the phone can be tiresome and difficult. Unsteady job markets and unemployment have put long distance relationships on the rise. Google found more than twelve million results in less… Read more...

Did Napoleon Wear a Fanny Pack?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:20
"They don't fit in your pocket, you have to wear a fanny pack," –Bryce Compton, author, writer I received a phone call from a fella who had a foreign accent and said he got my name from one of the expensive dating services. I asked him what took him so long since I received his information more than a month ago. He told me was abroad on business. I wanted to ask him which broad he was on and what was his business? I had written the guy off from the outset since his stats didn't measure up to my… Read more...

Unfortunate Online Dating Snafu

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:28
I had an online fish on the line for a couple of weeks but the short of it is, while that the fella wrote nice e-mails, and had a nice voice on the telephone, the line broke when he took me to a buffet for our first date. This is not the best place for steaming a plate full of romantic interest when the ambience is smothered with gravy, grits, and a passel of folks who are just concerned about how much they can pack into their gizzards for $9.99. I even broke down and told him I was a… Read more...

Nix Office Gossip

Monday, 12 March 2012 15:13
Office dynamics are tricky, and women have enough to balance between home life and career deadlines. But when an office gossip pokes her nose into the mix, the stress of sticking up for yourself and others can become overwhelming. Here are three ways to handle the office gossip: Give gossip a definition. When gossip starts ask yourself, what is the gossiper's motive? Could it be that she is jealous of another employee? Perhaps by trying to pass off gossip as concern for another employee, what the gossiper is really feeling is envious of someone's quick advancement or favor with the… Read more...

Make New Friends, Get a Date, Volunteer

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 15:40
Kristian Grant doesn't mind rolling up her sleeves if it means she can help others and network at the same time. She has been volunteering since she was an undergraduate at Michigan State University. The experiences have been fulfilling and allowed her to network for her career and personal life alike. "The activities I have found most productive professionally and socially are volunteer opportunities and community activities. I meet most people that way," she says. Kristian is on the board of the ITT School of Business Advisory Committee and the United Way NextGen, and she is a City of Wyoming… Read more...

Making (and keeping) New Friends

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:31
Even in a region where thousands live, shop, and work, it can be hard to encourage the social butterfly within. It is comfortable inside a routine, but when that day-to-day ceases to include interaction with new faces or others in general, women can get stuck in the web of loneliness. How can you become an active socialite once more? Follow these tips, and you'll need both hands (and feet) to count the number of new friends you'll make. Be sociable. When you meet someone new, talk about yourself, and your interests, but also ask questions. By doing this, you'll discover… Read more...

Make a List of Relationship Must-Haves

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:51
Making a list for love can come in handy for couples who tend toward following their hearts without first consulting their heads. Love at first sight may be romantic, but that initial glimpse of your true love lasts only a moment. What about the rest of your lives? Consult with your true love in making out the following lists. You'll learn his opinion of a lasting relationship, and perhaps you'll overturn some new expectations of your own.List One: What is most important to you in a partner? Consider truthfulness, courtesy, compassion, helpfulness, patience, responsibility, etc. Compare your must-have list with… Read more...

Talk to Kids about Substance Abuse

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:36
A shrug of the shoulders, a long, awkward pause, exaggerated sighing and rolling eyes–all typical of a middle school student. But without open communication between parents and children, peer pressure and substance abuse will ensure your kids need more than an attitude adjustment. Rockford Police Department Sergeant Dave Robinson says good communication and a strong relationship are essential when it's time to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol. Encourage an open line of communication early-on with children, and don't beat around the bush when it comes to tackling the tough issues. Robinson is a D.A.R.E. officer for Rockford schools,… Read more...

Choosing the Right OB/GYN

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 15:27
Having an open and trusting relationship with your obstetrician/gynecologist makes women less reluctant to strip down on appointment day or to make the date all together. Whether you've seen the same doctor for years or you're shopping for a new one, there are some things to consider before your your next Pap. Before you make an appointment, do your research. Feel free to ask other women you know for references, and follow up on them. Your female friends and family members can be a good source of information in this department, so don't be shy. Research the recommendations, and even… Read more...
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