Dating

Jumping back into the dating pool can be a thrilling experience. Unlike dating during one's teenage years, however, children often play a role in the dating experience as an adult.   Though introducing adult children to your new partner may be easier than presenting a new flame to a preteen, the process still requires thoughtfulness and tact. Following these simple tips will make the introductory process as comfortable as possible.     Keep Your Children "In The Loop"   Communicating with your children is the best way to prepare for a future meeting bet... more ...
At the beginning of a new relationship, most chats tend to be fun and light-hearted. Getting to know each other is the fundamental goal of these conversations.   As your relationship progresses, the conversations between you and your partner should become more meaningful and complex. Rather than discussing your favorite colors, you should be focused on having heart-to-heart conversations. Though many of these conversations are joyful and romantic, other topics can be more challenging to discuss. Despite the discomfort, discussing these topics will help you assess the strength of your re... more ...
Though sometimes stigmatized by society, age gaps are common in many relationships. Twentysomethings tend to date individuals within two to three years of their own age. Mature adults tend to have even larger age gaps in their relationships, averaging roughly seven to eight years. When these averages are exceeded, these relationships are often viewed as age gap pairings.   Like most relationships, age gap romances come with their own unique set of challenges. These handy tips will help you manage the struggles that age gap couples often face.     1.) Reflect on where you ar... more ...
The holiday season often evokes a multitude of strong emotions. Though many of us feel jolly and content during the winter months, being single can put a damper on the joy of the season. Nearly 50% of singles say they dread facing the loneliness they feel at Christmastime. Being single during the holidays, however, doesn't have to be a miserable experience. By avoiding the pitfalls that lead to isolation, you can have a wonderful and fulfilling holiday season.   Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude   One of the biggest factors contributing to our loneliness during the holidays ... more ...
Almost every couple combats jealousy during the course of their relationship. Though an occasional twinge of jealousy is only natural, chronic feelings of anger and distrust can quickly become a toxic problem. Though it takes time and effort, it is almost always possible to reduce the amount of jealousy you are feeling. By reflecting on your emotions and modifying your behaviors, you can escape the clutches of bitterness and insecurity.       Replace Imagination with Reality   In most cases, jealousy is triggered by our imagined perception of a scenario. We may find o... more ...
Though online dating can be challenging, recent studies have proven that it is one of the best ways to find a long-term, compatible partner. Research has found that couples who marry after meeting online are 25% more likely to stay married than their counterparts who met through traditional sources.   Much of this success is attributed to the shared values and beliefs of those who meet online. Instead of falling prey to a relationship based primarily on physical attraction, online partners generally connect on multiple levels before entering into relationships. Online dating has result... more ...
Whether you've been in a relationship for a few weeks or a number of years, infidelity is a devastating blow. The cheating partner often feels deep remorse and shame. The cheated-on individual almost always struggles with feelings of sorrow, anger, and betrayal. Though many leave their cheating partners, others stay and try to rebuild their relationships. Regardless of whether you stay together or separate, understanding and processing the affair will help you move on to a better and more faithful future.   Step Away from the Cheater(s)   If you've just found out about... more ...
Everyone is familiar with the concept of falling in love. Few, however, have heard of the term "limerence." Though you may not be familiar with the concept, it is possible that you have experienced limerence before.   What is Limerence?   The term "limerence" was coined by psychologist Dorothy Tennov in the 1970s. After researching how individuals experience romantic love, Tennov realized that some individuals experienced a particularly intense form of unrequited love. Unlike a crush or casual infatuation, this experience also involved obsessive and intrusive... more ...
Adults of all ages often find it difficult to strike the right balance between independence and intimacy. With age, it can be increasingly hard to find the right ways to connect with those you're dating. Fortunately, initiating and restoring intimacy in relationships is easier than it sounds! By opening up both emotionally and physically, you can generate genuine closeness and passion at any age. Are you looking to instill more passion and intimacy into your relationship? Follow these easy tips for boosting connectivity between you and your date.   1.) Hold hands with your partner... more ...
Relationships almost always begin with two people making commitments to each other. Over time, however, problems can arise and feelings can change, leading many couples to break up. Despite the inevitable struggles, some of the strongest relationships endure the test of time. Are you wondering whether or not you can book a two-person vacation months in advance? Check out these ten reliable signs that your partner is truly in it for the long haul.     1.) He's discussed his future goals and plans with you. Are you discussing your careers, retirement plans, and goals with one a... more ...