Dads often suffer a crisis of masculinity, particularly stay-at-home dads who rely on their partner as the breadwinner, finding themselves reluctant to ask for money from the partner, which goes against their natural instinct as a male, to be able to provide, to be self-sufficient and a role model to their child.
When a girl experiences their partner even looking at another female, it can be a great punch to the gut. I have been with my partner for five years, and yes, he does make the occasional comment about another girl he has seen. The only thing is that now, I am more likely to say 'yeah, she's attractive'.
The Talk is useful, it serves to clarify what you already suspect: you have a partner. Despite this, men find it impossible to treat the situation with the seriousness it deserves. We tend to broach the subject in a light-hearted manner, as if it's a mere afterthought.
All is not lost however, despite English men being in short supply, mercifully, with London being the diverse mixing pot that it is, there is a welcome supply of Europeans relocating to the capital. Great for our economy, and more importantly, great for my sex life.
There's nothing more romantic than reminiscing about a special moment or event that has meaning to your relationship. The traditional dinner for two is also an obvious choice, being wined and dined, but in reality, romance is often forced into a jam-packed restaurant and over-priced.
Real life is, at times, boring, censored and totally predictable. I'm surprisingly okay with that, but it seems that most women aren't. If you're a woman reading this right now, chances are high that you've read Fifty Shades of Grey, or if you're an overachiever, the whole trilogy.
Alice came with the house. She is the maid. An observant, motherly figure in her late fifties, Alice could have been a character in a silent film. It was possible to walk into a room and not know that she was there, levitating through the house like a human hovercraft.
Do you know who runs the world? Well, if you are to believe the gospel of Beyonce (and many people do), it's girls. Socially and economically, this thesis is slightly flawed. In some circles though, this could be considered true. In fact it is, and I've experienced it.
Am I cynical? Have I lost the romance of it all? The way I see it is, there are two distinct types of Valentine's people. Those who love it, and those who hate it. Both however, are damned if they do, and damned if they don't.
Telling the children is the part that many parents fear the most. The last thing that they want to do is hurt their children and it's a really difficult conversation to have as the consequences are life changing for the whole family. However there are some guidelines that will make it a little easier if you follow them.
Maybe as you are a single person you really don't buy into this sentiment. So how can you survive and keep your sanity? There are so many ways to make sure you enjoy yourself whether on your own or with a good friend.
With such a huge selection of beautiful brands out there all pitching their key products for Valentine's 2015, I have had to split this feature in to separate His and Hers posts just to fit all my favourite ones in! So kicking off the love posts, here is my ultimate gift guide For Her this Valentine's... No need to thank me boys.
"You must change how you react to people before you can change how you interact with them," says Rick Kirschner, N.D., coauthor of Dealing with People...
I had two children and no family around to help. I had to drop out of courses during divorce number one and had to quit one full-time job during divorce number two and opt for a part-time position that was paying me not only a fraction of my previous salary but that was also mind-numbingly dull.
It's common-sense. Instead of small-talk, ask a bunch of probing and deep questions, and of course you're going to feel closer to someone, making these questions, if nothing else, excellent date-night fodder.
When my son was born I spent at least the first six months wondering why, on a good day, he didn't like me and, on a bad day, he hated me. I felt ashamed of these thoughts and kept telling myself, logically, that it wasn't possible for my son to think or feel either of these things yet at such a young age.