Tip of the Day Archive
Relationship chat about who’s paying for what needs to happen between the couple, without gossipy input from outsiders.
Parents’ sexual secrets shouldn’t be disclosed to children who aren’t mature enough to handle the information.
A loveless marriage can be lonelier than living on your own.
Snooping is a sure way to express your own distrust and turn curiosity into trouble.
Despite a family break-up, do not destroy the worthwhile links that still exist with your most important relatives.
For adult children, financial support from parents sometimes comes with too high a cost.
Workplace dating that seems problematic from the start, is better off avoided.
Inviting an ex-spouse to the wedding is a decision that belongs only to the bride and groom, and should be made early enough not to build false expectations in anyone involved.
A first kiss is only an introduction, not a do-or-die performance.
On issues of child support and asset-splitting, learn the legal rights and responsibilities of both sides.
The work of maturing from a teenage romance to a responsible child-rearing couple often needs guidance.
When one partner holds back, the other often pushes harder for a commitment.
A dating gripe site needs to be read with an eye for others’ personal motives.
Smokers need their own motivation to quit; loved ones can only be supportive to those efforts.
An innocent rose shouldn’t be soured by jealousy.
Sexual turn-ons between two consenting adults require mutual comfort, as well as agreed limits.
A gentle outreach to get to know someone better, can open the door for later contact.
Rather than leave children with a troubled parent, the other parent should first try everything possible to improve the home atmosphere.
When there’s an obvious lie, privacy is a secondary issue.
Secret relationships often have a way of suddenly exploding into full view.
The therapist/client relationship has to feel like a good fit on both sides.
When every sound from a partner is off-putting, listen closer to your own heart.
Moving in together is not a “fix” for existing doubts about a relationship.
Gossip about a family’s private details can reap destructive results.
In-law problems can’t get resolved if the person who’s upset has a spouse who stays detached.
When a marriage is troubled, look to major repair work instead of picking at sore spots.
Family interference in adult relationships often pushes the relative further away.
When major life changes put stress on relationships, professional help can ease communication and understanding.
Some kinds of personal risk-taking are too much for a partner to bear.
Relationships are not best achieved by choosing “either/or.”
Internet love affairs are a beginning, requiring personal meetings to become real.
Small-stuff critiques can erode a relationship.
Differing lifestyle expectations can destroy relationships.
Teenagers’ angry behaviour is sometimes a covert cry for help.
Lending money frequently can ruin a relationship.
Email slip-ups can create havoc in relationships. Think first.
When a partner handles money matters secretly, it’s time to discuss more than the budget.
Mutual sensitivity is a must in any relationship.
A cheater can change, if he/she has the will and self-knowledge to do so.
You can’t test a romance for long-term possibilities if there’s a third partner in the picture.
Do not let friends dictate your loyalties, according to their whims.
Stirring up an old emotional can spread the sadness further.
When a partner’s porn-watching is disturbing to you, it’s no longer a private matter.
Letting friends know of their body odour is a favour to them as well as yourself.
When children change their normal behaviour, explore what prompted it.
You can avoid the hoopla of a birthday, but it’s foolish to try to avoid your age and stage.
Going after someone else’s full-time partner, is looking for trouble.
Finding a date/mate takes trying new approaches and showing flexibility.
When you have strong suspicions, odds are you need to discover some facts.
Before sharing your credit card, check out the reasons for being asked.