Toxic Love

Toxic Love

my husband complains about my clothes

How to Deal With a Husband Who Complains About Your Clothes

How do you respond when your husband says he doesn’t like the way you dress? Maybe he complains about the style or colors of your clothes. Maybe he says you dress too sexy, or too frumpy, or too young, or too old. Maybe your husband wants you to wear different clothes because he’s concerned what his coworkers or family thinks.

Signs of a Cheater

How to Convince Someone to Give You a Second Chance

The bad news is that you broke up. Maybe this is even the second or third breakup. But wait, I have good news! Convincing someone to give you a second chance may be easier than you think. A surprising number of breakups aren’t permanent because it is really hard to let go of someone you love (which is good news when you want to convince your ex to come back to you!).

How to Break Up With a Boyfriend Who Has a Disability

How Do You Break Up With a Disabled Boyfriend?

How do you gently and kindly break up with a man who has a disability? The same way you break up with someone who is able-bodied! These tips are inspired by a reader whose boyfriend is in a wheelchair. She loves him, but their relationship isn’t good for her.

How to Leave Your Husband When You Have No Money

How Do You Leave Your Husband When You Have No Money?

If you have no income or financial support, you may feel like you’ll be stuck in an unhappy marriage forever. How do you leave your husband when you have no money? These ideas and tips will give you something new to think about. Even if you don’t find an idea that will work for you, you might find support and comfort in the readers’ comments at the end of the article.

I Want Him to Want Me Back

You Don’t Want Him, But You Want Him to Want You

Maybe you’re relieved or even glad the relationship is over. But still, you can’t help wanting him to want you! You don’t want to get back together and you wouldn’t take him back even if he tried to reconcile, but still. You just can’t help wishing he wanted you back.

How to Help Husband Stop Drinking Alcohol

How Do You Help Your Husband Stop Drinking?

These 10 ways to help a husband who drinks too much are partly based on my work in a residential recovery program with men who are alcoholics and drug addicts. I was also inspired to write this article by a reader, who is searching for ways to cope with her alcoholic husband.

How to Deal With Money Stress After a Breakup

How to Deal With Money Stress After a Breakup

Whether or not you broke up with your boyfriend because of money, you may not be prepared for the financial stress a breakup brings. Maybe you loaned your boyfriend money and he hasn’t repaid you. Maybe you owe your husband money for college tuition, credit card payments, mortgage payments, child support or alimony.

signs he doesn't love me anymore

8 Signs He Doesn’t Love You Anymore

Are you picking up on signs he doesn’t love you anymore? Maybe your boyfriend doesn’t listen to you, or your husband hasn’t “dated” you for years. These eight signs he doesn’t love you will help you see your relationship more clearly. If his feelings for you have changed, it’s time to think about how your relationship may have to change, too.

my boyfriend doesn't do anything special for me

How to Handle Your Boyfriend’s Lack of Effort

You love your boyfriend and you think (or know!) he loves you back…but he stopped making an effort in your relationship. You’re starting to wonder about your boyfriend’s feelings for you. Maybe you’re even worried that he no longer loves you the way he used to.

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Is Your Marriage Over? 6 Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

These signs a marriage is over will help you see yourself – and your husband – more clearly. It’s not easy to see your marriage objectively when you’re in the middle of it. It’s even harder to see yourself and your husband without your history coloring your lens! These signs your marriage is over will help you take a step back and look at your life from a different perspective.

What to Do When Your Boyfriend Doesn’t Make Time for You

What to Do When Your Boyfriend Doesn’t Have Time for You

How do you cope with feeling neglected and lonely when your boyfriend doesn’t spend time with you? There are smart ways to respond and draw him closer (instead of reacting and pushing him further away!). You don’t have to break up with him or even talk about your relationship. And you definitely shouldn’t beg or threaten your boyfriend was ways to get him to spend more time with you.

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What to Remember When You Miss Your Husband

Maybe all you can think is “I miss my husband” – and sometimes you even feel silly because you miss him so much! I don’t know exactly how you feel, but I know what it’s like to miss someone so much it feels like you’re missing a piece of yourself.

She Blossoms Ways to Deal With Guilty Feelings After a Breakup

7 Ways to Deal With Guilty Feelings After a Breakup

No matter how long you prepared for the breakup, you’ll still deal with guilty feelings. After all, you broke up with someone you once loved…and perhaps still do. But no matter what the circumstances of the breakup were, you must remember that guilt will eat you away and destroy your life if you let it fester and grow.

My Boyfriend's Mother is Ruining My Relationship

Is Your Boyfriend’s Mother Ruining Your Relationship?

You love your boyfriend, but you just can’t seem to get along with his mom. Maybe you think she’s trying to ruin your relationship – and you’re even at the point where all you can think is, “I hate my boyfriend’s mom.” You want to like her, and even be friends with her…but she is driving you crazy. How do you respond when your boyfriend’s mother causes problems in your relationship?

Warning Signs of a Bad Relationship Blossom Tips

10 Warning Signs of a Bad Relationship

You can’t ignore it anymore: your boyfriend makes you feel bad and you know he isn’t treating you with love or respect. You aren’t sure, so you’re searching for the warning signs of a bad relationship. You’ve come to the right place! It may be hard to even think that your relationship isn’t healthy, but the truth will set you free. The truth will give you courage and strength…if you let it.

A Change of Heart She Blossoms Tip 82

A Change of Heart – Blossom Tip 82

When was the last time your heart was changed by something you saw, did, or felt? Maybe your heart was warmed when a friend called unexpectedly or a stranger helped you push a heavy shopping cart through a snowy parking lot. Maybe your heart was softened by a baby’s big eyes and smile, or lightened by a glimpse of God’s glory in a sunrise, burst of laughter, or sweet taste of strawberries.

The Problem With Secret Keeping She Blossoms Tip 81

The Problem With Secret Keeping – Blossom Tip 81

Remember when keeping secrets was something to admire? When you were a kid, you learned that keeping secrets—especially about birthdays, school events, surprise parties and plans—was good. As an adult, keeping secrets can backfire. Especially if your secrets are dark, harmful, and holding you back.

Choosing to Travel Lightly She Blossoms Tip 77

Choosing to Travel Lightly – Blossom Tip 77

Usually I write serious stuff. Practical tips, encouragement, information, and sometimes even exhortation to take responsibility for your life and choose to grow forward — even in an unwanted, unexpected season of life. Put on your big girl pants and blossom!

Helping a Teen Move Out of Foster Care Blossom Tips

How to Help a Teenager Move Out of Foster Care

Leaving home is a huge life transition for anyone; helping a teen age out of foster care is particularly problematic! My tips on how to help a teenager move out of foster care are inspired by a question I received from Christina Dronen, a foster parent and teen advocate.

Stop Being Scared and Start Leaping in Faith – Blossom Tip 71

Stop Being Scared and Start Leaping in Faith – Blossom Tip 71

What was the last leap of faith you took? I bet you were scared. Maybe you’re taking a leap of faith right now. You’re starting a new season of life in a new job or at a new school or with a new partner. Maybe you’re learning how to live without someone you love, or you’re slowly letting go of a dear friend and companion.