Topic: marriage

It’s My Anniversary And All I Got Was These Two Crazy Kids

It's My Anniversary And All I Got Was These Two Crazy Kids

That’s when life laughed at our plans again. Month after month went by and I wasn’t getting pregnant. Since we were both young and in good health we waited the requisite year before seeing a specialist. That’s when we were told we had “unexplained infertility.” There wasn’t much to do besides keep trying. Another 12 months later I finally saw those two blue lines I had been waiting for. More »

Anonymous Mom: My Husband Is Not Invited To My Second Baby’s Birth

Anonymous Mom: My Husband Is Not Invited To My Second Baby's Birth

With my first child, my husband was very excited to be part of the whole having-a-baby process. He loyally attended every prenatal appointment, went to the labor classes, and helped me pick a dula. When it came time to actually push out the child, I knew it would be mostly on me. He tried to be helpful, but ultimately, he clearly got frustrated by how long it took, got bored, and was generally not a fan of the process. I knew he would be kicked out of the room once I started pushing (part of the reason I felt I needed a dula), but I wanted him out way sooner. More »

New Research Says Online Dating Sites Actually Work, I Believe It Because I Make All My Friends Online Now

New Research Says Online Dating Sites Actually Work, I Believe It Because I Make All My Friends Online Now

I used to think the concept of meeting someone online was totally weird. I insisted you needed to be face-to-face with someone to see if you are actually compatible. I was completely wrong about that. I can’t speak to making romantic relationships online, but ever since I started writing on the Internet I have made friends who I am certain I am compatible with – and these are all people I have never met face-to-face. More »

Polyamorous Mom: I Couldn’t Go To My Boyfriend’s Mother’s Funeral

Polyamorous Mom: I Couldn't Go To My Boyfriend's Mother's Funeral

Recently, a rather unexpected tragedy struck close to home; it jarred the life of a man I’m incredibly close to and love unconditionally. If this man had been my husband Allan, I would have done everything in my power to be with him and help share the burden of grief. If it had been Allan, I’d be writing a column this week on the support from my extra-marital partnership. But because it was my boyfriend Jim, the last few weeks have been a bevy of emotional turmoil. More »

Survey ‘Proves’ A Third Of Women Think The Way They Were Proposed To Sucked

Survey 'Proves' A Third Of Women Think The Way They Were Proposed To Sucked

A new survey of 2,000 British women shows that about one-third of them were unhappy with the way their partners proposed. The survey was conducted by a jewelry store and also “proved” that a quarter of them wanted to upgrade their rings (how convenient) – but let’s not let that stop us from discussing proposals and how important they may or may not be. More »

Anonymous Mom: I’m A Single Mom Of 4 Kids Since I Left My Abusive Marriage

Anonymous Mom: I'm A Single Mom Of 4 Kids Since I Left My Abusive Marriage

He was extremely abusive. I wasn’t allowed to use birth control or have a job. My job was home in the kitchen, and that’s that. I almost lost our second at five months pregnant from taking a steel toe boot to the back. After three years, the physical abuse tapered off, but it was daily verbal abuse. I was called a “bitch,” “dirty cunt” and a “whore” daily, in front of the kids. Our second daughter was a HUGE disappointment to him, as it was his third girl, and she has autism. More »

Polyamorous Mom: Swingers Clubs Are Not For Me

Polyamorous Mom: Swingers Clubs Are Not For Me

I am in Jim’s arms on a large mattress in a dimly lit room trying to concentrate. The female partner of a couple next to me has a tiny squeaky voice that jars me out of any pleasure each time she speaks. Just as I relax again, some girl across the way chirps up “Ok Jenny! It’s your turn!” Oh yeah, and everyone is bare ass naked. This, my friends, is a swingers club and the place where I discovered swingers and polyamorous people are very different folks under the large umbrella of non-monogamy. More »

Polyamorous Mom: 5 Things My Kids Know — So Far — About My Lifestyle

Polyamorous Mom: 5 Things My Kids Know -- So Far -- About My Lifestyle

When my spouse and I decided to venture into a new relationship lifestyle, one of our very first concerns was our three children under the age of 10. When we agreed to open our relationship, we had more than a dedication to a 10-year marriage, but also to raising a family. After some reading, researching, and talking we decided to take discussion with the little ones in baby steps. Here is what I have decided is age appropriate for now. More »

Dad Says His Batty Ex Would Take Him Unfriending Her On FB Harder Than Divorce

Dad Says His Batty Ex Would Take Him Unfriending Her On FB Harder Than Divorce

Facebook — and social media in general– is clearly a sensitive landmine for many. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t have so many unanimous Facebook transgresses and digital fight outbreaks, as well as addictions. But despite whatever awkwardness might assume your social media browsing, let us hope the happenings on digital mediums wouldn’t transcend actual dissolutions of unions or relationships. To one guy’s ex-wife, however, not being Facebook besties would hit harder than their divorce — so he estimates. More »

Polyamorous Mom: I’m Dreading Coming Out To Certain Family Members

Polyamorous Mom: I'm Dreading Coming Out To Certain Family Members

My biggest concern in my own family is my father. He is a very sweet and kind man but extremely different from me in his world view. While I have a rather agnostic take on God, he is a Christian fundamentalist. He subscribes to the culture of the man being the head of the household, trying to live a life like people lived when Jesus was alive. My father also seems to believe that as the man who helped bring me into this world, he has a right to judge how I live my life. More »

Reddit User Asks What Is ‘A Disappointment To Your Parents?’, Results In Epic Kids And Marriage Discussion

Reddit User Asks What Is 'A Disappointment To Your Parents?', Results In Epic Kids And Marriage Discussion

A parent’s love many be consistent, but their approval is a mighty, mighty fickle thing — and can usually come in two prominent flavors of concern: kids and marriage. Such is the essential takeaway from a fairly open-ended, yet swelling Reddit thread that was prompted with a simple question, “What aspect of your life is a disappointment to your parents?More »