Archive for March, 2011

Adjusting to Parenthood

The Huffington Post recently ran an article by sociologist, educator and parent, Dr. Christine Carter, about the challenges of adjusting to parenthood and the need for empathy with our spouses throughout this adjustment. She makes some great points – check out the article. Earlier this week I wrote about the adjustment to marriage. For me more »

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Adjusting to Marriage

The view among my friends seems to be mixed: either marriage is incredibly tough to adjust to, or adjusting was a breeze. Very little middle ground here, it seems. Whether marriage fit you like a glove, or like some too-small hand me down shoes, it only matters where you end up. Five months or five more »

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I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for a good women’s magazine quiz. Perhaps that’s what first attracted me to Tara Parker-Pope’s book For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage. The book is packed full with relationship quizzes, but not the “is your man a bud or a dud?” type. Instead Parker-Pope borrows questions from more »

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Self-delusion is a grand thing. Study after study has shown that we rate ourselves above average more often than not – and yet, by definition, only half the population can be above average at any one time. One data set showed that 94 percent of college professors felt they were above average at their job! more »

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A friend recently shared the story of her brother’s divorce: he thought he was happily married, his wife was having an affair. They separated, and despite a brief attempt to work things out, their marriage ended over a year ago. “She’s still my friend on Facebook,” my friend told me. “And sometimes I go to more »

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Here’s a quick overview of some of the more interesting relationship research of the month: Marriage can Improve Mental, Physical Health: Married people live longer, married women experience stronger mental health, married men have better physical health, say researchers at Cardiff University. But the findings hold true only in committed relationships. Single people are healthier more »

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