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“Just Say No” Isn’t The Sex Ed Your Child Needs

In the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, there is a position paper from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine on Abstinence-Only-Until Marriage (AOUM) programs that should get every parent thinking about what kind of sex education their kids are receiving in school. Unfortunately, the intention of waiting until marriage to have sex often fails. With the age of marriage rising in the US, most people have sex for the first time as an adolescent or young adult. In fact, research demonstrates that AOUM programs don't delay the first time a young person has sex. In many communities across the US, abstinence-only programs have replaced more comprehensive ones and this is problematic, as we understand that AOUM programs have the following impact[1]:

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Topics: communication, Sex Talk, safe sex, family, education

Happy Home Hacks: 8 Marriage Tips For The First 9 Months

The time just after marriage is so exciting. You're embarking on your new life together and the horizon looks bright. The memories of your special day are still fresh, and you're newly back from honeymoon. There might even still be wedding gifts to unwrap.

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Topics: communication, improving your marriage, marriage

No More Denial!

 

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Topics: sex, communication, couples, aging, Mind & Body, Sex Talk, Sex & Relationships, Maintaining the Spark, desire, intimacy

How to Ask for What you Want in a Relationship

My biggest pet peeve is feeling ignored. My partner’s greatest weakness is not paying attention. I’m sure you can see how that makes for some annoying moments in our relationship. Actually, annoying is an understatement. It drives me crazy when I say something and get no response.

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Topics: sex, better marriage, communication, couples, improving your marriage, relationship, communication tools, Sex & Relationships, Maintaining the Spark, love

4 Ways Your Relationship Gets Better Once the Kids are grown

When I was a new mom, I dreaded the first time that my daughter said she hated me. I was sure it would break my heart and strip all of my maternal confidence away. Inevitably, it happened. She was coloring on a wall (as young kids do) and I told her to stop. In her little 4-year-old voice, she looked me dead in the eye and said it: I hate you.

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Topics: better marriage, communication, couples, aging, relationship, communication tools, Mind & Body, Sex & Relationships, kids, health, mindfulness, exercisce, family, intimacy

6 Top Relationship Resources for Women Over 40 

Relationship discussions are not sparse, by any means. In every corner of the internet and in every coffee shop around the world, you’re bound to find people talking about love, what it means, and how to get better at it. But when it comes to women who are over 40, the resources seem to dwindle. Women who are no longer in their thirties should know everything there is to know about relationships, right? Hardly.

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Topics: better marriage, communication, couples, aging, relationship, communication tools, marriage, Sex & Relationships, mindfulness, education, intimacy

Saying Yes

 
What if we just stopped trying to fix this for a minute, and started having honest conversations?

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Topics: sex, better marriage, communication, improving your marriage, Fiera Experts, intimacy

Anna Kendrick, Team Spirit, and Sex

All right, team... This is our first game of the season... If we all show the right spirit, I think we can win this one. Let's try to encourage each other... Let's hear a little chatter out there, okay?

― Charles M. Schulz

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Topics: sex, communication, couples, Sex & Relationships, Fiera Experts

It's Not Me, It's You

I’ve always accepted blame for things that are my fault. Even as a young teenager, I didn’t try to cover up my often rebellious acts by refusing responsibility. I copped to whatever I did and accepted the consequences. Many women take the blame for things that they didn’t do just so they can keep the peace and avoid a potential confrontation. While I understand that desire, I have never been one to accept blame for things I did not do.

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Topics: sex, communication, relationship, communication tools, Sex & Relationships

How to Maintain Intimacy When You are Not in the Mood for Sex

I have gone through several sexual dry spells in my lifetime. During these times, I was so uninterested in having sex that my partner would get worried and even slightly offended. And I was, too. Offended at my own body, that is. I mean, I love my partner and find him attractive so why did sex of any kind feel like a no-go? I didn’t even want to try to be turned on, if I’m being honest. My mind was elsewhere and my body just wanted to be left alone.

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Topics: sex, arousal, communication, marriage, Sex & Relationships, Maintaining the Spark, mindfulness, desire
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