Category: RELATIONSHIPS

What Not to Say to a Friend After a Miscarriage

“How are you doing?” Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, shutterstock This seems like a simple, well-meaning question, but Stephanie O’Leary, PsyD, clinical psychologist and author of Parenting in the Real World, explains that it has a loaded answer for any woman who has recently experienced a miscarriage. “The honest answer is likely somewhere between horrible and devastated, but posing …

Things to Never Do In Bed

Don’t assume you’ve got all the right moves iStock/shironosov It’s impossible to know your partner’s desires right off the bat. “Everyone has personal preferences,” says sexologist Gloria Brame, PhD. Communication is critical to all aspects of the relationship, and by working to understand what your partner prefers, you’ll be building a more fulfilling physical and emotional …

Cheating Myths You Need to Stop Believing

The cheater knows what they’re doing is wrong F8 studio/Shutterstock It’s easier to point the finger at the cheater and blame them for betraying your trust. But, believe it or not, you may have set yourself up for heartbreak by not clearly communicating your expectations with your partner from the beginning. “One of the main predictors …

How to Unsend a Text Using a New App

YUTTANA HONGTANSAWAT/Shutterstock Oops, wrong number! D’oh, stupid autocorrect! Gah, why did I think texting my ex was a good idea?! We’ve all had our share of cringe-worthy texts that we regret the moment we send them (but hopefully not as bad as these eight hilarious autocorrect fails). In the past, you haven’t had too many options: send …

The Worst Parenting Tips Parents Ever Get

“Boys will be boys” iStock/ampak “When young boys, bite, kick, or hurt other kids, the behavior needs to be addressed and not tossed into the pile of ‘boys will be boys.’ Children, both boys and girls, need to know about personal boundaries and which behaviors are and are not acceptable.” —Danielle Lindner, MS in teaching and …

Why Some People Don’t Wear Their Wedding Ring

Gianluca Rasile/Shutterstock Last March, Shannon Lombardo accidentally tossed her wedding and engagement rings out with the trash. (She was cleaning them and had put them in tissues—long story.) She called the New York City Department of Sanitation, which invited her to look through as much garbage as she could stomach at a dump in New Jersey. …

Money Secrets Divorce Attorneys Wish You Knew

Marital property Ovu0ng/Shutterstock Ideally, when a couple is happily married, no one is thinking in terms of “yours” versus “mine” versus “ours.” But when things break down, the distinction is critical because “who leaves with what” comes down to what is and is not “marital property.” According to fathers’ and children’s rights advocate and family law professor Anne …

How to Deal with a Toxic Narcissist at Work

Ignore their actions NBC TV/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Fran Walfish, PsyD, a Beverly Hills-based family and relationship psychotherapist and author, says one effective way to handle bragging and credit-stealing coworkers is to ignore them. “Any engagement is an invitation for a power-struggle, battle, and declaration of war,” she says. Instead, focus on your own work and keep your distance. …

The Best Compliments We’ve Ever Received

“You’re a great listener” Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock When you show that you’re eager and open to hearing another person’s thoughts and feelings, the compliments will likely come flooding in. “I’ve been told both in my personal and professional life that I not only hear, but I truly listen,” says Bari Lovi, 39, of New York City. …

How to Give Compliments | Reader’s Digest – Reader’s Digest

Be authentic iStock/monkeybusinessimages Compliments that are relevant are the most sincere. “Giving random compliments that can be easily transferred, such as ‘you’ve got great hair,’ will come across as superficial unless there is something really outstanding about the particular observation,” says Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas. “A …

The Worst Divorce Settlements Ever—and How to Avoid One Yourself

First, let’s face it: It’s never a win-win ALEX S/Shutterstock Compromise is crucial to any good relationship, and generally speaking, the ideal result is both parties feel they’ve won, according to the American Management Association. But when you’re unwinding a relationship—as in a divorce—it’s pretty rare for anyone to walk away feeling victorious. “Apart from the …