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How to Keep Your Marriage From Sucking

Walking down the aisle with someone is an extraordinary leap of faith. Because you’re not just getting hitched to your current wife. You’re marrying the woman she becomes in five years, ten years, 25 years. People change and, believe it or not, you may too. Over the years, storybook wedd

This Relationship Coach Shares His Top Dating Tips for Single Dads

Returning to the dating game as a single dad is confronting. Chances are, you’re woefully out of practice so your confidence isn’t exactly sky-high. You may still be reeling from the aftershocks of the relationship with the mother of your child. Plus your time is massively compromised because… well, you’re a dad and you’ve got kids.

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Study: It Can Take Your Wife 547 Days To Feel Sexy Again After a Baby. Here's What To Do...

New dads don’t enjoy much action. “It can be quite a shock,” says Jacqueline Hellyer. “For women as well as men.” Hellyer, a leading sex therapist and relationship coach, is talking about what happens to your love life after a baby arrives. According to one poll, it takes a new mum an average of 18
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“It Really Tests Your Relationship”: What It’s Really Like To Go Through IVF

One in 25 Australian babies are now born via IVF. But while success rates are climbing, it’s far from an easy ride. Under 18 per cent of all IVF cycles result in a live birth and the process can take a heavy toll on couples both emotionally and financially. Here, Darrell Brown, a cinematographer and
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Lost A Mate? Here's What You Need To Do For Their Kids

“If you walk into any psychologist’s office in the world today, nine out of 10 presenting problems – addictions, affairs, depression or whatever else, ‘the father wound’ will be at the root.” That’s the conviction of author John Eldrege speaking in Absent, a film about the impact of grow
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Study: How Many People You Should’ve Slept With To Have A Happy Marriage

Play the field. Sow your wild oats. Get it all “out of your system”. This is the well-worn view of male sexuality (with predictable unfairness the same logic rarely applies to women). The idea behind this theory boils down to this: young men, it’s believed, have a frankly terrifying amount of sexua
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How My Divorce Made Me Stronger, Wiser And Calmer

That morning, Alex Laguna hadn’t the slightest inkling that life as he knew it was about to end. Divorce caught him totally off-guard. He was heading off to work when his wife stopped him. “She just said, ‘I don’t love you anymore. I don’t want to be with you anymore’,” he recalls. “I bl
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Ask TFH: I've Got To Go Back To Work And My Wife Is Struggling To Cope With The Baby. What Should I Do?

Dear TFH I’ve recently joined the dad club and I’m reaching out for some advice. I am a casual worker who does full-time hours. I’ve had two weeks off work for our daughter’s birth and she is nine days old now. She has begun “cluster feeding” from like 5pm-2am. My
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Not Just Force-feeding Your Kids Tim-Tams...Grandparents are the Superheroes of Modern Life

Grandparents have become the social glue in modern family life — the support system that stops the whole rickety structure from collapsing. Here’s why…. Thousands of years of evolution have fine-tuned an infant’s screams to the exact pitch required to get a parents’ attention. Just to be
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“Mum and Dad Are Splitting Up” – How to Handle the Toughest Conversation You’ll Ever Have

When Ben Dillon-Smith and his ex-wife split up, he had to break the news to his five-year-old son. Here’s how he did it and what he learned along the way. “The toughest conversation you’re ever going to have is telling your child that Mum and Dad are separating, their home is going to be sold and we
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Future-proof Your Marriage – Insider Tips From A Divorce Lawyer

Buckle up. We’re now entering peak season for divorces. “There is always a pick-up of new clients, come February and March time, from relationships that have broken down in January or around the Christmas period,” says Daniel Myers, a family lawyer at R.B. Flinders in Melbourne. For married couples,
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Ask TFH: Arguments With My Wife Often Get Ugly. How Do I Communicate Better?

Dear TFH, I’ve been married for 14 years with three kids. My relationship with my wife is generally good. But our disagreements often spiral way out of proportion due to my lack of communication skills. I speak like a caveman and my wife is more switched on and thoughtful. Do you know any good reso
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Osher Gunsberg: "There’s something super wonderful about falling in love with a woman that has a kid"

Being a stepdad is not without it’s challenges for all of us, because it’s a new family unit for everyone to get used to. But I was unfazed by it. I met Audrey when I’d just turned 40 and the reality of being a single man in your forties is you’re going to date women with children. And I would recom
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Ask TFH: My Mate Looks Like A Heart-Attack Waiting to Happen. How Do I Get Him To Look After Himself?

Dear TFH, My oldest mate has put on a lot of weight. He’s a heavy drinker and his diet is pretty awful. On top of all that, he’s got a stressful job and his marriage looks to be on shaky ground. I’m worried about his health both physical and mental. What’s the best way to encourage
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