Commitment and monogamy

The death of a parent can be a devastating experience for anyone. But when it is your spouse who goes through this, it can affect your entire family for days together. So if your spouse has lost a parent recently, here are a few ways you can support him/her and get back your family life on track.

Just be there

Marriage is at the best of times a delicate balancing act between aspirations and priorities of both partners. And one of the issues which brings this to the fore is whether to stay or to move when a job opportunity is offered to one spouse. If you're the one who is moving because of your partner, you may feel like you're getting the raw end of the deal, giving up a fulfilling life in order to support your significant other. This can not only lead to strain in the marriage but to a more difficult time adapting to your new location even when you decide to go along with the change.

As couples get down to the business of living some time after marriage, they often realize that two people might not see eye to eye on how things are to be done around the house or in the relationship. Very often one partner draws back while the other goes overboard and one likely scenario is a husband who is fed up of his wife’s complaining and whining. So if you find refuge behind the newspaper while your wife hammers on, go through the following tips and learn to deal with a nagging wife.

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Like any life-altering experience, the birth of a baby ushers in a host of changes which are sure to redo the equation between a new mom’s personal and professional lives. She is most likely to find herself overwhelmed with questions like “What's best for the baby? What's best for me? Can I afford to stay home? Will my career take a nosedive if I do? Who will care for my baby if I don't?” Figuring out if she should take a break from her career can be a new mom's toughest decision and here are some aspects to the question to make things easier to understand.

Every man dreads that time of the month when a usually reasonable girlfriend transforms into a simmering volcano of complaints, likely to burst forth at the slightest of provocations. While much has been debated about the symptoms and seriousness, indeed the very existence of PMS, it is still a highly individual condition. So if you find yourself baffled by certain changes in your girlfriend every month, read on to understand the condition and how to deal with it.

Looking after a child is hard work – not only because of the physically strenuous jobs involved like feeding, changing, bathing and playing but also because this cycle goes on 24/7. You are doing this today, the next day and everyday. And one of the first things to suffer is the quality of the relationship with your partner. But even when you wish to spend more time together as a couple, doubts arise about where and with whom to leave the baby with. It can also be expensive to hire a babysitter.

Love brings with it a whirlwind of emotions – it is makes you want this person, want him/her to want you back; it makes you certain as never before or it befuddles you with conflicting feelings. In all this tumult, one of the questions you dread asking if the relationship has a future for fear that somehow it may spoil things. But then it is only human nature to know what is going to happen next, especially if you believe that this guy/girl is the one for you.

A marriage begins with the most powerful love; a love that both you and your wife wish to hold on to until both your lives have come to a beautiful united end. But as the marriage grows and develops,  and as more intricacies and responsibilities are introduced, sometimes the roots of that deep intimacy are temporarily forgotten. There's no need to worry though; right now is an ideal time to seduce your wife and renew those old sparks.  

While division of labor may have had its advantages centuries ago, with women now forming a significant part of the labor force, it is a physically impossible for a female partner to take on the responsibilities of the workplace as well as run a home entirely on her own. Apart from the practical advantages of sharing chores, when both partners chip in together to do housework, it creates for better understanding between the couple and creates the foundation for mutual respect and support.

Every family and woman belonging to it has different needs and resources. If you wish to take care of your kids without being obliged to take up a full time day job, look upon this as a privilege and not a limitation. Bringing up a child is one of the keenest pleasures in the world and you should consider yourself lucky if you get an opportunity to do this unhindered. However the decision to be a stay-at-home mom is not an easy one since this involves innumerable adjustments on the personal front as well as a certain restriction on the practical front.