Marriage

Marriage Confidential — Provocative but Unsatisfying

Marriage Confidential — Provocative but Unsatisfying

Pamela Haag's Marriage Confidential is a promising and provocative but ultimately disappointing exploration of modern marriage. In what she calls the “post-romantic” era of marriage the author introduces the concept of the “semi-happy” or “low-conflict” marriage – a...

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Childcare – Who Pays?

Childcare – Who Pays?

"I'd love to work, but I'd barely make enough to pay for childcare," says my friend, a mother of three. And I've heard this explanation from many stay-at-home-moms, heck, it was my reasoning for a long time as well. But assessing the cost of childcare solely to the...

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How Much is Enough?

How Much is Enough?

Money. We all need it, and daily we make decisions large and small about how to use it. We are constantly bombarded with news of the economy, and many of us have definite opinions about the local, national, and world economies. But when it comes to personal finances,...

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The 69%

The 69%

  It turns out that 69% of marital conflicts are perpetual. Yup. Sixty. Nine. Percent. This is true for even the most successful, happy marriages. The first time I heard this statistic, I found it utterly discouraging to think that the vast majority of areas of...

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Getting to 50/50

Getting to 50/50

  How many women and men in their 30s and 40s thought they were going to have an "equal partnership" marriage and then found that it was not as easy as they thought, especially once kids entered the picture? Finding balance in your marriage can be tricky,...

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Money in the Bank

Money in the Bank

  For any relationship to thrive, the positive must outweigh the negative. Sounds pretty obvious, even commonplace, doesn't it? But what follows from it is not always recognized. Most people who want to improve a relationship focus on trying to fix the negative...

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