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Episode 319: What to Do If You're Feeling Smothered By Your Spouse
While many couples struggle to stay close, there are some who smother their spouse and it can actually drive a wedge in the marriage. Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice.
Episode 318: Decision-Making Differences of Men and Women
Learn how men and women differ, psychologically, when making decision. This understanding can obviously offer a deeper knowledge within your marriage.
Episode 317: Accepting Your Spouse's Faults
Nobody is perfect and over the years your spouse's imperfection may begin to annoy you. Dr. Karen Sherman shares tips on how to handle and imperfect spouse.
Episode 316: How to Deal With Past Wounds
Can you simply brush your past troubles under the rug or do they need to be addressed? Dr. Karen Sherman has the answers.
Episode 315: The Flawed Apology
What is a flawed apology and how can couples work through them? Dr. Noelle Nelson offers advice.
Episode 314: How to Deal With a Hot Tempered Spouse?
Dealing with a spouse that has a hot temper can be very damaging to your relationship. Dr. Karen Sherman provides advice on how to deal with this scenario.
Episode 313: A Happy Marriage Equals a Healthy Heart, Literally
New research of over 3 million Americans revealed that married couples had healthier hearts than those who were single or even divorced.
Episode 312: What To Do When Accused of Lying
If your spouse is constantly accusing you of lying, Dr. Karen Sherman explains why that may be and what you can do about it.
Episode 311: How to Handle Good News... Yes, Good News
There's a lot of advice on how to deal with bad news, but how do you deal with good news? Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how to handle a spouse that worries the good times aren't going to last.
Episode 310: The Pressure of Getting Pregnant
Many couples have difficulty getting pregnant and it can cause strain on a marriage. Dr. Karen Sherman discusses tactics on how to make the baby-making process easier.
Episode 309: How Do You Reconnect After A Fight
Believe it or not, but conflict in a marriage can be a good thing. Dr. Karen Sherman explains and tells how couples can reconnect after a fight.
Episode 308: Turn That Frown Upside Down With Gratitude
Research has shown that just expressing gratitude can make you happier. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains the research and explores how this can help with your marriage.
Episode 307: Marriage Myth or Marriage Fact?
This week Dr. Karen Sherman and Hitched editor, Steve Cooper, play a little game of Marriage Myth or Marriage Fact. Listen and play along.
Episode 306: Marijuana and Marriage
As marijuana gains legalized status in more parts of the country, Dr. Karen Sherman shares a few tips on how to avoid arguing about green herb within your marriage.
Episode 305: Are You Hearing Or Just Listening To Your Spouse?
It's tough to excel in your marriage communication if you're only listening to your spouse and not hearing them. Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses new research and shares some tips on how you can hear better in your marriage.
Episode 304: What Makes a Good Marriage
We can probably all identify what makes a bad marriage, but what makes a good marriage? Dr. Karen Sherman describes the qualities of a successful and happy marriage and how happy couples move past obstacles.
Episode 303: Esther Boykin Talks About Her New Book, 'The Date Deck'
We know the it's important that married couples continue to carve out time to nurture their relationship. This week, marriage and family therapist, Esther Boykin, discusses her new book, 'The Date Deck.'
Episode 302: It's Not Twitter's Fault
New research suggests that Twitter is dangerous for your marriage, but Dr. Noelle Nelson and Hitched Editor, Steve Cooper, have a few nits to pick with this data and explain why it's okay to tweet.
Episode 301: Social Contagion: Is Divorce Contagious?
Research has shown that being friends with someone who is divorced means that you're more likely to be divorced as well. So what are the risks of social contagion and how can couples build their marital immune system.
Episode 300: Navigating Marriage While Attending Graduate School
Going to grad school while married can require some additional learning. Dr. Karen Sherman offers tips on how couples can navigate the balance of higher education and marriage.
Episode 299: How Taking Care of a Sick Parent or In-Law Can Impact a Marriage
Nobody's immortal and dealing with sick parents or in-laws can have a very stressful impact on a marriage. Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice on how to deal with this tough harsh reality of life.
Episode 298: What Makes a Marriage Last?
Marriage can actually be pretty easy if you know what you're doing. Dr. Karen Sherman offers her tips on what makes a marriages last.
Episode 297: Research Shows Wife's Cool Down Period Impacts Marriage
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains new research that shows that the length it takes a wife to cool down after a disagreement effects the happiness of marriage, whereas the husband cool down peroid does not have the same impact.
Episode 296: Interview with Dean Olsher, Host of TRBQ, About Love
Dean Olsher is the Host of The Really Big Questions (TRBQ), a project exploring the questions that make us human. Hitched Editor, Steve Cooper, asks Olsher what he has learned about love from the project.
Episode 295: Tips On Setting Relationship Goals
It's easy to let life get in the way of your relationship, but now is the perfect time to re-establish some relationsihp goals. Dr. Karen Sherman offers her expert advice.
Episode 294: How to Stop a Divorce
What do you do if your spouse informs you they would like a divorce? Or that they love you, but they're just not in love with you? Dr. Karen Sherman offers her expert advice.
Episode 293: The Impact of Grit on Your Marriage
Grit can predict the retention rate of teachers, the most successful sales person and who and who will not divorce. The more grit people have the less likely they are to divorce. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how, why and what this means for couples. Watch Angela Lee Duckworth's Ted Talk
Episode 292: How A Husband Can Impress His Wife
A lot of husbands are looking to bring back that sparkle to their wife's eye. Dr. Karen Sherman offers multiple strategies on how husbands can impress their wives.
Also be sure to sign-up for Karen's new program "Make Your Marriage Work Now
Episode 291: What Is So Wrong About Being Right?
Telling your spouse that you're right may not be the best thing to move things forward. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how being right will stop your conversation.
Episode 290: Instead of Cheering Your Spouse Up Try Empathizing First
Nobody likes to watch their spouse in a state of upset, so it's only natural that we'll want to try and cheer them up. Unfortunately, you might be doing the wrong thing, according to Dr. Noelle Nelson. Listen why.
Episode 289: Part 2 - My Spouse Cheated, What Do I Do?
In continuing our chat from last week, Dr. Karen Sherman explains what couples should look for when seeking therapy and the steps to take to move the marriage foward into healing.
Episode 288: My Spouse Cheated, What Do I Do?
If you find out your spouse has cheated, what do you do? Dr. Karen Sherman lays out the steps for a person to take when confronting this crisis situation.
Episode 287: The Lure of the Ex
Recent research shows that when you're having trouble in your current marriage, you're more likely to fanticize abougt your last love. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how couples can fight back the urge of the ex.
Episode 286: How to Save Your Marriage When Your Spouse Doesn't Want To
Author and relationship coach, Liam Naden, offers advice on what a husband or wife can do if they want to save their marriage, but their spouse is ready to walk away. Get more information at LiamNaden.com
Episode 285: How to Deal With a Controlling Wife
Guys have been searching the site looking for answers on how to handle a controlling wife. Dr. Karen Sherman shares insight on how husbands can balance out the marriage.
Episode 284: Are You Parenting Your Spouse?
There's a difference between caring for your spouse and parenting your spouse. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains the difference and how couples can rev their marriage by knowing the difference.
Episode 283: How to Handle Holiday Stress
You know that the holidays are going to be stressful and Dr. Karen Sherman offers tips on how you can manage that stress.
Episode 282: Improve Your Marriage With Sleep
There's nothing ordinary about a good night sleep and new research shows that just a single night of good sleep can improve your marriage. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains.
Episode 281: Husband Criticizes Wife on Parenting Skills
A wife wants to know how she can approach her husband who is constantly criticizing her parenting style. Dr. Karen Sherman weighs in on the this scenario.
Episode 280: Can Being Selfish Help Your Marriage?
Is there a positive to being selfish in your marriage? Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how understanding what's in it for you can actually be a positive.
Episode 279: How to Get Your Spouse to Pay More Attention to You
We dug through the search terms on the website to find out what types of problems people needed help with and getting your spouse to pay attention to you was a really popular one. Dr. Karen Sherman has some tips to grab their eye.
Episode 278: What Do Tears Mean for Men and Women?
What does it mean when your husband cries? What does it mean when your wife cries? Are they weak? Sensitive? Sad? Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how men and women respond to tears.
Episode 277: What Can a Husband Do to Get Closer to His In-Laws?
A wife writes in wondering what her husband can do to get closer to her family. Dr. Karen Sherman shares her thoughts on getting closer to the in-laws and how it can be accomplished.
Episode 276: Dealing With a Mother-In-Law Who Doesn't Respect Boundaries
A listener wrote in with a letter explaining how her mother-in-law respects no boundaries and it's tearing at her relationship. Dr. Karen Sherman offers tips on how to deal with such an in-law.
Episode 275: Don't Sell Your Spouse Short When Arguing
Arguments in marriage happen. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers several tips on how you can embrace all the good things about your spouse to find solutions.
Episode 274: Is It Normal to Fall Out of Love with Your Spouse?
We're never told what is normal when it comes to marriage; we only know what we have seen. Dr. Karen Sherman shares personal and professional experiences to help answer the question of 'Is it normal to fall out of love.'
Episode 273: Signs Your Marriage Is Failing
It's sometimes difficult to gauge where our relationship is because many of us don't even know what normal is. Dr. Karen Sherman offers many warning signs that your marriage could be in trouble.
Episode 272: Commit Random Acts of Love
Love is an action not just a feeling. Dr. Noelle Nelson helps explain why you need to take action today and begin to commit random acts of love toward your spouse.
Episode 271: How to Cheat-Proof Your Marriage
Do you know what causes cheating? Do you know how to stop it in your marriage? Did you spouse cheat on you back when you were just dating? Dr. Karen Sherman offers tips on how to cheat-proof your marriage.
Episode 270: Bringing Your Inner Mule to Relationship Conflicts… What?
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains what bringing your inner mule means, shares and old Native American legend about two wolves and editor, Steve Cooper, makes the connection with the NFL Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. What?
Episode 269: Dealing With An Unaffectionate Spouse
Is your spouse not showing you the affection you have come to expect? What if they were never affectionate, but you wish they were now? Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice.
Episode 268: I Fear My Husband Hates Me
A lot of wives have visited Hitched in search for answers, and specifically looking for help because they fear their husband hates them. Dr. Karen Sherman addresses the issue.
Episode 267: Mix Things Up, Have A Date Day
We know date nights are important, but there are some real benefits to going on a date day! Dr. Noelle Nelson shares reasons and tips on going on a date day.
Episode 266: Dealing With A Traveling Spouse
A husband is always on the road and the wife wants to know what she can do to keep their marriage strong. Dr. Karen Sherman responds.
Episode 265: Helping Your Spouse Deal With Grief
A husband has written in wondering how he can help his wife deal with the death of a parent. Dr. Karen Sherman shares tips to help the husband navigate the emotions.
Episode 264: How to Spark Romance With a Love Letter…Seriously, It Works
A wife wrote in wondering what to do about her husband's job, which puts him in some unsavory environments and makes her uncomfortable. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers solutions.
Episode 263: Husband Working in Unsavory Environment, Wife Not Happy
A wife wrote in wondering what to do about her husband's job, which puts him in some unsavory environments and makes her uncomfortable. Dr. Karen Sherman offers solutions.
Episode 262: Be a Kid Again, Infuse Imagination Into Your Marriage
Don't let the responsibilities of life put a damper on your dreams. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers tips on how to bring excitement back into your marriage.
Episode 261: What To Say When A Friend Says They're Getting A Divorce
It's an akward and emotional moment when your friend mentions they want to get a divorce. Dr. Karen Sherman offers tips on how you can respond if faced with this situation.
Episode 260: Your Constant Complaining Is Shutting Down Your Brain!
Dr. Noelle Nelson shares how not complaining about the small things will make a huge improvement in your marital happiness--it could take just 21 days! Get the details.
Episode 259: Should Wives Ever Withhold Sex to Exert Power?
For a long time women in society didn't have many options to hold power over men, with the exception of sex. Is withholding sex within marriage today still a good way to punish? Dr. Karen Sherman weighs in.
Episode 258: Taking a Business Management Approach To Your Marriage
Business management is all about setting goals and then accomplishing them. Seems like a pretty good formula for a marriage, right? Dr. Noelle Nelson spells out a plan to make it work for your marriage.
Episode 257: Ex-wife Doesn't Trust New Wife With Kids
A wife is struggling to deal with her husband's ex-wife. The ex doesn't trust the new wife with her kids and our reader wants to know how to handle the situation. Dr. Karen Sherman responds.
Episode 256: The Benefits of a Conscious No
It's often good to say "no" in your marriage, particularly when you put a little thought behind your resonse. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains why it's important and how to do it right.
Episode 255: How to Respond When People Ask About Conceiving Trouble
A reader is having trouble responding when friends and family ask about their trouble getting pregnant. Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice on how this couple can respond and react.
Episode 254: The Etiquette of Being a Wedding Guest
Whether you've been to one wedding or 100, there are always new protocols guests should adhere to. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, helps prep wedding guests on everything from when you can leave a reception to posting pictures on Facebook.
Episode 253: Deciding Between Career and Kids
A very common question couples face, particularly women, is making the choice between their career and kids. Dr. Karen Sherman offers some advice and how to weigh the decision.
Also, be sure to check out Dr. Sherman's latest tools to help couples From Fight to Foreplay.
Episode 252: Wife Wants to Move Out of In-Laws Home
A lot of couples moved in with parents or in-laws during the economic downturn. Now, a wife wants to move out of her in-laws home and Dr. Karen Sherman provides advice on how to make a graceful exit.
Also, be sure to check out Dr. Sherman's latest tools to help couples From Fight to Foreplay.
Episode 251: When Your Marriage Is Out of Control, Go With It!
We know that things will not always go as planned in marriage and life. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains why you should just go with it.
Episode 250: Welcoming A New Neighbor
Should you bring your new neighbor a basket of goodies, give them a spare key to your home, tell them their dog barks too much? Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, offers tips.
Episode 249: Variety is the Spice of Marriage
What have you done differently to grow as a person? Dr. Noelle Nelson encourages all couples to seek variety in their marriage through self improvement. Listen how!
Episode 248: The Key to a Happy Marriage? Don't Take it Personally!
Just because your spouse is in a bad mood doesn't mean that it's your fault. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains and shares many tips on keeping your relationship happy.
Episode 247: A New Study Explores the Work/Life Balance of Parents
Hitched Editor-in-Chief, Steve Cooper, goes through some of the findings from a new Pew Research Center study on Modern Parenthood and particularly work/life balance.
Episode 246: Let's Talk Money... Or Is That Okay?
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, helps us navigate the murky topic of talking money, cash, moola, taxes. What's appropriate, who can we talk to, what can we ask and much more.
Episode 245: Would You Want to be Married to You?
Relationship expert, Dr. Noelle Nelson, has us ask ourselves if we would want to be married to ourselves, then provides many tips if that answer is no.
Episode 244: Last Minute Valentine's Day Tips
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman joins Hitched editor, Steve Cooper, to discuss last minute Valentine's Day tips and recommendations to make the day special.
Episode 243: Guns in the Home
There's an important conversation about gun control taking place in our society right now, but Dr. Noelle Nelson is going to help couples navigate the conversation of guns in the home and more.
Episode 242: You Get What You Expect
If you're expecting to hear something negative out of your husband or wife's mouth, that's what you'll get. Conversely, if you would rather hear something positive, expect that. Dr. Noelle Nelson explores this issue with several tips on how to make this happen within your marriage.
Episode 241: Author Deborah L. Price Talks About Her New Book, "The Heart of Money"
Money is still a taboo subject in society and a point of contention for many marriages. Money coach and author, Deborah L. Price, discusses some history of money and how we treat it in our society and how it influences the dynamic within our relationships. Price also offers several tips from her book and more.
Episode 240: How You Can Combat Boredom In Your Marriage
Boredom can spell serious danger for your marriage, but it's not difficult to overcome. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers a bunch of information on how to stimulate your marriage…and it doesn't start from within your relationship!
Episode 239: How You Can Kindly Air Grevances To Your Spouse
Over the years, we're all going to have complaints that we need to get off of our chest and air toward our spouse. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, shares her tips on how we can do this kindly.
Episode 238: What's New with the DSM 5, Sex Addiction is Out, Hoarding is In
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains what the DSM is, why it matters and what has made it into the latest version. Sex addiction did not get classified as a disorder, however bereavement and hoardering did. Dr. Nelson weighs in on these issues and more.
Episode 237: How to Break Free from Holiday Traditions of the Past and Start New Ones With Your Family
When kids grow up it can be difficult to break free from the traditions that their parents have grown accustomed to, but at a certain point couples would like to begin their own. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, offers terrific advice on how to break from from old traditions and how couples can start new holiday traditions of their own.
Episode 236: Making Sense of the Petraeus Scandal & the Modern Workforce
Dr. Noelle Nelson read an article explaining how the Petraeus affair is a product of the new gender-equal workforce and we should expect more of the same to come in the future unless policies change. What?! Dr. Nelson goes through several points and explains what this scandal means, and what couples can do in their own workplace.
Episode 235: First Thanksgiving Etiquette
If this is your first Thanksgiving together as a couple or the first that you're sharing with your new in-laws, etiquette expert Diane Gottsman has many tips to help make this Thanksgiving run so smoothly you'll actually be thankful. In this episode we also discuss her new Thanksgiving Unplugged campaign.
Episode 234: Attraction of Your Opposite Sex Friend
A new study came out asking men and women if they were attracted to their opposite sex friend. The results revealed that the men were overwhelmingly attracted, while their female friends were not. So what does this mean for couples who have friends of the opposite sex? Sexpert, Dr. Trina Read, weighs in.
Episode 233: Do You Suffer from Assume-itis?
First, we all agree that the cheater is wrong, but does the non-cheating spouse have something to do with the infidelity? Dr. Noelle Nelson explains what could lead to the cheating, how to prevent it, and the roles husbands and wives play in this situation.
Episode 232: 13 Romantic Fall Date Ideas
Read: 13 Romantic Tips For the Fall Season
Hitched editor, Steve Cooper, goes through a list of 13 date ideas that you and your spouse can enjoy during the fall season while the leaves are changing and the weather is still nice enough to go outdoors and be active. Most of these ideas can be done on the cheap and take little effort to execute.
Episode 231: Do You Play a Role In Your Spouse's Infidelity?
First, we all agree that the cheater is wrong, but does the non-cheating spouse have something to do with the infidelity? Dr. Noelle Nelson explains what could lead to the cheating, how to prevent it, and the roles husbands and wives play in this situation.
Episode 230: Sex Tips for Your Married Life
Pulled from the sexpert advice found on the website, editor-in-chief, Steve Cooper, has pulled together a round-up of sex tips for married couples to implement and get it on.
Episode 229: Respecting Your Spouse's Ego
We usually think of ego in a negative connotation, however, it's not a bad thing. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how understanding your spouse's ego and respecting it can improve your marriage. Oh, and don't call your spouse "The old ball and chain…" we'll explain.
Episode 228: Talk Politics With Your Spouse Without Destroying Your Marriage
Few conversations can get as heated and charged as a political one. If you and your spouse have political disagreements, this podcast is stuffed with information and tips on how you can have a respectful and cordial discussion that could actually improve your marriage. Editor-in-Chief, Steve Cooper, tells you how.
Episode 227: Get Your Date Nights Going
Dr. Noelle Nelson has a message for all those couples out there who find it difficult to enjoy regular date nights: just start! In this episode Dr. Nelson provides several tips and annecdotes, plus we discuss how other couples may be able to pitch in.
Episode 226: The Difference Between Chatting Versus Cheating Online
Dr. Trina Read discusses the boundaries of appropriate behavior and flirting online and how couples can navigate the new issues created from the ease of connectiions made through social media and mobile technology. Dr. Read even shares a story of how she connected with an ex-boyfriend and explains how it became a positive experience in her marriage.
Episode 225: How to Succeed in Work Without Sacrificing Your Marriage
Nearly 50 percent of all married couples are dual-income households. Unfortunately, many couples begin to take their marriage for granted as they both work to pay the bills. Dr. Noelle Nelson provides many tips on what couples can do to get a proper balance at work and within their marriage without sacrificing either.
Episode 224: "Fifty Shades" is Old News, Really
Nearly every generation has their own "Fifty Shades of Grey". Dr. Noelle Nelson explains why the themes of this mega-blockbuster continue to pop up and what it all means in this fascinating and enligthening podcast.
Episode 223: What is EQ and How Does it Impact Marriage
Emotional Intelligence, also known as EQ, plays a very important role in our day-to-day lives. Like most personal things, it usually impacts those we care about most, such as our spouse. Dr. Richard Mendelson explains what EQ is and how our understanding of it can help improve our marriages.
Episode 222: Getting Your Husband to Help With Chores Around the House
In the extremely rare situation where your husband doesn't help you with chores around the house, Dr. Noelle Nelson has a few tips on changing his mind. Okay, so this might be somewhat common, which is why Dr. Nelson has also added a few tips for husbands too.
Episode 221: Facebook Etiquette
If you're active on the internet, you likely have a Facebook account. And if you have a Facebook account, we're sure you've seen posts that make you wonder how you're supposed to respond or whether or not you should click the 'like' button. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, breaks down many different Facebook etiquette situations with answers on what's an appropriate response.
Episode 220: When Good In-Laws Induce Bad Guilt
Even the best intentioned in-laws can often lay on the guilt trip (even unintentionally). This happens particularly when you do a lot of errands and chores for them. That's not to say you always mind helping out, but it can become overbearing. Dr. Noelle Nelson shares three big tips on getting rid of the guilt and improving your relationship.
Episode 219: The Etiquette of Gassing Up for Summer
Don't scream at the driver in front of you as you wait in the hot summer heat to fill up your gas tank. Etiquette expert Diane Gottsman offers several tips that will help cool you down while your car fills up.
Episode 218: Growing Apart--Feeling Disconnected
You and your spouse may be doing just fine, but somewhere in the recesses of your brain you feel like you and your husband or wife just aren't connected like you used to be. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers many ideas on why this may be, and more importantly what you and your spouse can do about it.
Episode 217: Road Trip Etiquette
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, and Hitched editor, Steve Cooper, discuss the etiquette of traveling with your family. From working the radio, to the temperature, to planning proper snacks and stops. If you're taking a trip be sure to download this episode and give it a listen before the rubber hits the road.
Episode 216: A Round-up of Family-Friendly Sightings at E3 (Video Game Tradeshow)
Editor-in-Chief Steve Cooper talks about what he saw at this year's video game tradeshow and what parents and couples should pay attention to now and this upcoming holiday season. He talks the Ninendo Wii U, Microsoft's Smartglass, Sony's Wonderbook, plus lots of games.
Episode 215: Dealing With An Ex Who Constantly Calls and Texts
When you marry someone who has an ex, they may be separated, but that doesn't mean the communication has stopped. What do you do when the ex continues to call and/or text even when you have asked them to stop. What about a spouse who begins to hide the communications because they don't want to upset you? Dr. Noelle Nelson offers many tips….plus there's some big news at the end!
Episode 214: How to Deal With a Complaining Spouse
Do you feel like all you hear from your spouse is complaints? Does your spouse yell constantly, just as a way they express themselves? Are you having trouble being heard and understanding your spouse's needs? Dr. Noelle Nelson offers some great advice on how to handle a spouse who complains all the time (or seemingly so).
Episode 213: How To Work at Home with Your Spouse Without Killing Them
We got a letter from a wife who works from home and her husband recently started working from home, as well, and she now feels smothered. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, offers a lot of really great tips on working from home, establishing boundaries and much, much more.
Episode 212: How to Avoid Passive Aggressive Put-Downs During Fights
When it comes to passive aggressive arguments, you wouldn't understand. See, that's exactly what you shouldn't say. Dr. Noelle Nelson will explain how this specific language plays into arguments and how you and your spouse can constructively disagree.
Episode 211: Finding Freedom Within Your Marriage
When we get married, we might feel like we've lost some of our independent freedoms, such as spending money when we please. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains why a spouse might seek shopping therapy, and how that freedom to shop when you feel like it can be negotiated within the marriage. Also discussed is how couples can achieve their own independence within the marriage.
Episode 210: Episode 210: Lighten Up, Strengthen Your Marriage
Life can throw some pretty tough situations in our way and it's not going to do us any good to put on a fake happy face. Dr. Noelle Nelson, explains why this doesn't help and what an individual and what couples can do to get out of our funk and to live in the moment--and why doing so is important for our marriage and health.
Episode 209: What's the Big Deal About "Fifty Shades of Grey" and BDSM?
Sex expert, Dr. Trina Read, explains what erotica is, gives a brief description of "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James, and goes into deeper detail about what BDSM is and how this popular book is bringing it into mainstream conversations and stirring a controvery.
Episode 208: Dealing with In-Laws Who Regularly Argue
What should you do if your in-laws come over and argue. Constantly. Every time! Dr. Noelle Nelson offers several tips on how to handle this situation and how to keep the toxic in-law relationship from creating a wedge in your own marriage.
Episode 207: Your Spouse Isn't a Mind Reader and "I'm Fine" Doesn't Cut It
Husbands and wives are close, but they can't read minds. So saying something like, "I'm fine, dear" when there is something wrong won't have a positive effect on a marriage. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers tips on how couples can break through this communication barrier.
Episode 206: 10 Tips for Your Next Trip to the Gym
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, share 10 tips that all gym patrons should follow when they are trying to get in shape. From what to wear to how you act, Diane's tips will make your exercise experience more enjoy for you, as well as those hard bodies around you.
Read: "10 Gym Etiquette Tips"
Episode 205: When Unexpected Additions to Your Family Rock Your Marriage
No, we're not talking about a surprise pregnancy. We're talking about a child from a previous marriage now moving in with you and your spouse. When you and your spouse got married, this might never have been discusses since the ex lived across the country, but now it's happening. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how a couple can handle this situation and instead of having it tear the marriage apart, finding ways for it to enhance the marriage.
Episode 204: Keeping Your Love Strong When You Have Kids
Dr. Noelle Nelson offers many tips on how couples can keep their love alive, particular for modern couples where more men are staying at home and chipping in on the housework and childcare duties--yes, even diaper duty.
Episode 203: The 14 Days of Valentine's
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, offers 14 Valentine's Day tips for men that can be implemented each day in February leading up to the holiday of romance. Regardless, these tips require little effort and time and should be implemented in day-to-day life.
Episode 202: Valentine's Day Thoughts from Dr. Trina Read
Do couples enjoy Valentine's Day? Is it worth the time and anguish? Should a husband or wife expect sex on Valentine's Day? Sex expert, Dr. Trina Read shares her thoughts and ideas on this special holiday celebrating romance.
Episode 201: Interview with Author, Elizabeth Weil
Elizabeth Weil just released her new book, "No Cheating, No Dying: I had a good marriage. Then I tried to make it better," and spoke with editor, Steve Cooper, about the process of writing the book, what she learned, what surprised her and much more.
Elizabeth's Twitter: @LizWeil
Read The Candid 7 Interview with Elizabeth Weil
Buy the book, "No Cheating, No Dying: I had a good marriage. Then I tried to make it better"
Episode 200: Super Bowl Party Etiquette
The Super Bowl is here. It's the most watched event in our nation, which means family and friends gather together and we understand that some might not want to be there. Our etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, provides many tips on how to act and what's not appropriate when your team is on the tube or if you're lucky enough to grab a ticket to the big game. (These tips also apply to other sporting events--so give it a listen).
Episode 199: Married With Opposite-Sex Friends
Does your husband not like that work friend of the opposite sex? Are they jealous that you have so many friends of the opposite gender on Facebook? There are many spouses out there who are uncomfortable with their husband or wife's opposite-sex friends. Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses this issue and provides many tips on how your spouse can become more comfortable with your friends, even if they are of the opposite gender.
Episode 198: How to Engage in Polite Political Conversation
The political season is heating up and our etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, shares her tips on how to get into politcal conversations, how to discuss politics with your spouse, how to keep the conversation civil, how to call people out on lies and how to politely exit a conversation that isn't going anywhere…plus much more.
Episode 197: Overcome the Feeling That You're Too Busy and Have No Life
We all have friends that seem like they have their act together and are living a life that we envy, while we're stuck running around too busy to do anything. Instead of being jealous of these couples, Dr. Noelle Nelson offers several tips on how couples can turn those green eyes into a gaze of inspiration to make your own dreams comes true.
Episode 196: Tips to Add Fun & Adventure to Your New Year
A new year is upon us and etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, offers 13 tips that will help grow and expand your marriage while delivering fun and excitement.
Episode 195: The Grass is Greener Phenomenon
It can be an easy trap to fall into; looking at the marriage of a friend from outside and envy how attentive and nice it seems. Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses the issue of how the grass is always greener phenomenon may not always be the case, along with what couples can do about it.
Episode 194: Breaking Down the Sex Addiction Myth
Sex expert, Dr. Trina Read, explains her thoughts on sex addiction, why so many people are misinformed, and what steps people should take if they feel they have a problem.
Episode 193: Don't Let Marital Drama Turn to Trauma
We all have things that go wrong in our marriages, things that can be hurtful or even damaging. Dr. Noelle Nelson addresses the issue of what to do after those insensitive or hurtful things have been said or done.
Episode 192: Don't Let Aging Ruin Your Marriage
We're all getting older. Unfortunately, some become a slave to trying to maintain their youth, which can cause serious damage to the marriage. This applies to women and men; and all ages, from 20-year-olds to 40-year-olds and beyond. Moreover, when you begin to look at yourself in a critical light, many will also look at their spouse through the same lense.
Episode 191: Things To Keep from Your Husband
Are there things that are better off not sharing with your husband (or wife)? Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, says "yes" there are. Diane also discusses the automatically assumed loop hole in sharing secrets with your spouse. Diane explains these circumstances and more in this week's episode.
Episode 190: Constructive Criticism--An Oxymoron
Is there such a thing as constructive criticism? Dr. Noelle Nelson suggests you have to make a choice to either criticize or be constructive. Don't try to do both. Noelle explains how to walk this delicate line with a few examples and the reasoning behind it.
Episode 189: An Interview with Andrea Syrtash, Author of the New Book "Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband)"
Andrea Syrtash, author of the new book "Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband)" took a few minutes to speak about the process of writing, dating your spouse and crushing on someone who isn't your husband or wife.
Andrea's Twitter: @AndreaSyrtash
Read The Candid 7 Interview with Andrea Syrtash
Episode 188: The Dangers of Constantly Shooting Down Your Spouse
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how constantly shooting down your spouse when they attempt to express themselve, whether trying to discuss their day or express a concern in the relationship, is not to be taken lightly. Fortunately, Noelle offers some great advice.
Episode 187: Halloween Tips for Parents (and Kids)
Halloween is fun for the whole family. To make sure it stays that way etiquette expert Diane Gottsman offers tips for parents to follow and a few reminders that apply to kids.
Episode 186: How to Handle a Job Loss
Losing a job can have an enormous effect on a marriage. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, shares several tips on how couples can deal with a job loss and move forward.
Episode 185: Tips for Dealing with Stepkids
Etiquette expert Diane Gottsman provides 10 simple tips to help when dealing with stepkids; from what to expect in the relationship to what's appropriate conversation about the ex.
Episode 184: The Dinner Connection
When everything is going good in your marriage Dr. Noelle Nelson shares some tips on how good marriages can get even better with a few rules to follow during dinner time.
Episode 183: Dealing With the Loss of a Job
In a terrible economy, like the one we're in right now, a spouse losing a job is, unfortunately, not that uncommon. Dr. Noelle Nelson tackles this issue and pays particular focus on the emotional repercussions of a spouse losing their job.
Episode 182: Considerations When Friending the Opposite Sex
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, goes through a list of considerations both husbands and wives need to mull when dealing with friends of the opposite sex.
Episode 181: Does a Traveling Spouse Spell Marital Disaster?
When one spouse has a job that requires a lot of traveling, it can cause troubles in the marriage if both the traveling and stay-at-home spouse don't follow a few simple rules. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains what those rules are and how couples can thrive in this situation.
Episode 180: Treat Your Spouse Like Your Pet
It seems disrespectful to say, but sometimes couples will treat their pet better than their spouse. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, explains this statement and delivers tips on how you can treat your spouse like your favorite pet and in doing so improve your marriage.
Read: 12 Reasons to Treat Your Spouse Like Your Beloved Pet
Episode 179: Raising a Child With an Irresponsible Ex
If you have an ex with whom you have a child with, it may cause new problems if that person is irresponsible. Dr. Noelle Nelson describes how a person can deal with that ex, help the child when dissapointment arrises, and keep the current marriage healthy and strong.
Episode 178: Why Do Wives Have to Offer Reminders to Get Things Done
It doesn't take an elaborate study to understand that many, many men need constant reminders from their wives to take action. Dr. Noelle Nelson jumps on the podcast to explain this marriage dynamic and how couples can deal with it and move forward. Men, pay attention!
Episode 177: The Art of Accepting an Apology
We think delivering an apology can be difficult, but graciously receiving an apology, particularly when you've been offended, can equally as difficult. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman explores this issue and provides several tips on how you can accept an apology to help your relationship move forward.
Episode 176: Listening: A Marriage Saving Skill
We think because we have ears that we know how to listen. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers many tips to make sure that statement holds true since so many arguments within marriage happen because we hear our spouse, but we just don't know how to listen to what they're saying.
Episode 175: What "Not" to Say to Military Spouses
While most people have the best intentions, many don't think about the things they say, particularly to military spouses. Our etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, shares some tips for things not to say when having having a conversation with military family and friends and how we can take their feelings into consideration. For military family members, Diane also shares some responses when some say innappropriate or inconsiderate things.
Also, be sure to read "What to Say to a Military Spouse."
Episode 174: The Etiquette of Dealing with a Friend's Divorce
It's a tough situation to watch friends get divorced, and how you respond is equally difficult. Our etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman goes through the common situations of a friend seperating from their spouse and provides details on the appropriate way to respond, from how you should react to things not to say.
Episode 173: Combatting the "It's All Your Fault" Cycle
Your spouse is, without a doubt, going to have an impact on your life--so don't start the blame game when unexpected issues arise that you didn't anticipate. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains the common situations where this happens and provides advice on how couples can stop the cycle of blaming in a knee-jerk reaction.
Episode 172: The Etiquette of Delivering an Apology
We all make mistakes, that's a given, but not all of us own up to those mistakes and offer a heartfelt and appropriate apology. Hitched's etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, goes through the do's and don't's of delivering an a proper apology--something every married person should know how to do.
Episode 171: How to Handle the "Should' Monster
When your spouse wants to offer advice, they might say something like, "you should do it like this..." We inevitably will get stuck on the word "should" instead of listening to what our spouse is actually suggesting. Dr. Noelle Nelson provides a few scenarios and some advice on how couples can slay the "should" monster.
Episode 170: The Etiquette of Being a House Guest
While on vacation or a quick weekend before an out-of-town conference, being a house guest requires a certain amount of decorum. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, shares some common courtesies all house guests should exercise when bunking in someone else's home.
Episode 169: How to Handle the "I'm Not Ready" Excuse
There are a lot of major decisions to be made in a relationship, from deciding to have children to purchasing a home. As a result, the converstaion often devolves into someone saying, "I'm not ready." Well, Dr. Noelle Nelson can help explain this response and provides advice on how couples can move forward. Are you ready?
Episode 168: A Quick Guide to Graduation Etiquette
Whether it's you, your child, a friend or a relative that's graduating--whether from high school, college or even some special program--nationally recognized etiquette expert Diane Gottsman provides tips for everyone involved. From what is an appropriate gift to the etiquette of expressing "thanks" via Facebook, Gottsman delivers the answers.
Episode 167: Meshing Personalities of a Square Peg and Round Hole
Sometimes couples get comfortable going against what they're comfortable with because they want to please their spouse. Eventually they realize that certain things don't work for them--they're a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains this phenomenon and offers examples on how couples can work through it.
Episode 166: Does Your Marriage Need a Boost?
Dr. Michelle Gannon discusses the launch of her new Marriage Boost 101 one-day seminar. Michelle discusses what it is, who should go and what couples can expect if they decide to attend. More details can be found at www.marriageboost101.com.
Episode 165: Avoid Fights by Learning Better Decision-Making Skills
How many times have you gotten to a store and argued about the purchase because you couldn't make a decision. Good decision-making skills will help alleviate fights and Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how to boost these skills.
Episode 164: The Etiquette of Tipping
From hotels to restaurants to the coffee shop, our etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, explains the rules and etiquette of tipping. If you'd like to tip us, we accept five-star ratings and word-of-mouth recommendations to your friends.
Episode 163: Addressing the Sexual Side Effects of Antidepressants
It's estimated that 37 percent of Americans on antidepressant drugs experience sexual dysfunction as a side effect. Sex expert, Dr. Trina Read, addresses the issues and discusses the ways a couple can deal with this dip in libido.
Episode 162: Getting Your Spouse to Leave the Nest
There's real comfort in a home cooked meal from Mom. However, at some point that same comfort needs to be found in your current home with your spouse. Etiquette expert Diane Gottsman provides terrific advice on the conversation a couple needs to have when one partner is not yet ready to cut the apron ties from their parents.
Episode 161: Bonus Episode - Interview with Marlo Gottfurcht, Author of "Love, Marriage...and Facebook"
Hitched Editor-in-Chief, Steve Cooper, interviews Marlo Gottfurcht, author of "Love, Marriage...and Facebook" to discuss her new book and much more on how Facebook and marriage intersect.
Episode 160: Bringing Your Spouse to a Business Function
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman offers many tips on how to handle the numerous interactions while attending a business function or event with your spouse.
Episode 159: How to Avoid Being Cranky When Under Stress
Life brings a lot of responsibilities along with it. Dr. Noelle Nelson provides many tips on how you can reduce your stress and even laugh about it. So relax and listen as we help you turn that frown upside down.
Episode 158: Mastering Dining Etiquette
Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman explains how to impress your spouse on your next date night with solid dining etiquette protocol, starting from the time you make reservations until the time you leave the restaurant. There's even a few surprises!
Episode 157: Getting Off the I'm-Gonna-Explode Treadmill
When life can load up the responsibilities and stresses, you don't need to succumb to the building pressure and explode. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers several tips on how you can relieve this cycle of stress that can drive a wedge between you and your spouse.
Episode 156: In-Law Etiquette
For the first time we welcome nationally recognized etiquette expert Diane Gottsman on the podcast. Diane discusses common etiquette queries while dealing with in-laws.
Episode 155: Getting Close Again in Your Marriage
Sometimes life gets in the way of being as close as we once were with our husbands and wives. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how this happens, what it means and how couples can form new bonds that will propel your marriage and regain the closeness you have lost.
Episode 154: A Husband Snoops on His Wife's E-mail
A husband admits to snooping on his wife's e-mail and feels terrible about it. The wife feels her privacy has been invaded. Dr. Karen Sherman addresses this issue and discuss.
Episode 153: How to Handle Your Husband Talking Mean to You
Communication seems like such a simple device that humans should easily master, but as we know it's often the root of our relationship problems. Dr. Noelle Nelson presents some tools to help squash tempers and improve your social interactions.
Episode 152: Are Trial Separations a Good Idea?
A wife and husband give a trial separation a try and are struggling to reconnect. Dr. Karen Sherman replies with help for this couple and general thoughts on separations.
Episode 151: When Opposites Attract Isn't So Attractive
It's common for opposite personality types to attract. Sometimes, however, those things that attracted a couple in a beginning can drive them apart later. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how these personality differences can be better understood.
Episode 150: Dealing with In-Law Criticisms
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how your choices and compromises can be worked into a dealing with new family members, particularly in-laws and step-children.
Episode 149: A Conversation with Wendy Strgar, Author of "Love That Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy"
Wendy Strgar, founder of Good Clean Love (and long time Hitched contributor) makes her first podcast appearance to talk about her new book, "Love That Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy."
Episode 148: The Marriage Blahs – Death Knell of The Relationship?
If you're feeling the blahs in your marriage, are you having a lack of enthusiasm in your marriage or your life? Dr. Noelle Nelson weights in and offers some terrific advice, as usual.
Episode 147: New Stepchild, A Recipe for Marital Disaster?
Blended families are becoming the norm and sometimes stepkids can have a great effect on the marriage. Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses how couples can handle a situation where a stepchild suddenly enters the family and effects the marriage dynamic.
Episode 146: What To Do When Parents Caught Having Sex?
Dr. Trina Read responds to a parent who wrote in concerned that her teenage daughter has heard her and her husband having sex--not once, not twice, but three times!
Episode 145: When Mother-in-Laws Disrespect Your Time
Mother-in-laws aren't always evil people out to ruin our lives. Sometimes they just want to be a part of our live and we fail to set appropriate boundries. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers words of wisdom.
Episode 144: Expressing Gratitude in Your Marriage
Dr. Michelle Gannon explains the importance of sharing gratitude in your marriage and offers a few simple steps to get things rolling.
Episode 143: How to Respond if Your Kid Says They're Gay
Dr. Trina Read discusses the response of parents when they're first told their son or daughter is gay. She also talks about how to handle outside family members and the conversations parents need to have. Here are some of the links mentioned in this podcast episode: www.itgetsbetterproject.com and www.pflag.org
Episode 142: Surviving Marriage Blow Ups
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses how couples can and should respond to those emotional blow ups, where the reaction is out of proportion to the event or comment.
Episode 141: Can Being Friends With Your Ex Damage Your Marriage?
Where's the line between being cordial and friends with your ex? And can being friends be harmful to your current marriage? Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses.
Episode 140: Do Harsh Words During Fight Mean Anything?
A wife writes about the lashing out from her husband who says she should find someone else. Dr. Karen Sherman responds with how this situation should be handled and whether or not the lashing out words should be taken seriously.
Episode 139: Have Herpes, Trying to Get Pregnant
Dr. Trina Read explains the risks and complications that a couple has to deal with when one (or both) have herpes and are trying to get pregnant and/or are pregnant.
Episode 138: Transform Your Sex Life According to Her Cycle
Dr. Joni Frater and Esther Lastique discuss the ebbs and flows of a woman's libido according to her cycle, as well as providing tips on how couples can take advantage of the various times of month.
Episode 137: How to Prevent Your Fight from Becoming Armageddon
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how couples can diffuse fights that grow or are repeating arguments that seem to escalate to an unsettling point. Dr. Nelson also provides tips on how to handle arguments when they do get to that red alert level.
Episode 136: Have Sex After Kids
Dr. Trina Read returns to tell us about her new website www.HaveSexAfterKids.com, launching September 20th, and why she decided to create the website along with many tips you can expect to find there.
Episode 135: Going from Singlehood to Couplehood
Dr. Noelle Nelson offers many suggestions on how to ease the transition from being single to finding space in your new relationship and shared life.
Episode 134: Tips to Overcome a Sexless Marriage
New guests and trained sexologists Dr. Joni Frater and Esther Lastique answer a husband's question about how he can rejuvinate his sexless marriage.
Episode 133: How a Put Down Becomes a Put Off
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how passing judgement and expressing opinions on your spouse's interests can ultimately effect your relationship.
Episode 132: One Size Does Not Fit All
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains why you should take a critical look at all the relationship information that you hear.
Episode 131: What Babies Can Teach Us About Relationships
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how babies have an enormous amount to teach us about having great relationships.
Episode 130: Does Being Happily Married Mean I Have to Give Up Me?
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how couples can retain their individuality and uniqueness while still offering understanding to the shared relationship.
Episode 129: Dealing With an Unaffectionate Husband
Dr. Karen Sherman follows up on an article she wrote that answered a wife's questions about her unaffectionate husband. In the follow-up, Dr. Sherman replies to readers who have questions of their own. Read the article, "5 Ways to Fix an Unaffectionate Spouse"
Episode 128: Too Tired for Sex
Dr. Michelle Gannon breaks down the reason people say they're too tired for sex and offers numerous ideas to help couples break that cycle to achieve happy and healthy sex lives.
Episode 127: How to Overcome Your Husband's Reluctance to Help With Toddlers
Dr. Noelle Nelson explores the reasons that husbands and men in general aren't typically the first person in the room to jump at the opportunity to take care of a crying or needing child. Dr. Nelson also explains what drives women and how couples can accomplish better agreement.
Episode 126: What to Do With a Baseball Fanatic Spouse?
Dr. Noelle Nelson helps baseball (and other sports) widows navigate the season without feeling abandoned or any less loved than their spouse's favorite team.
Episode 125: 10 Unusual Facts About a Man's Body
Sexologist Dr. Trina Read offers an early Father's Day gift with information about a man's intimate parts--we guarantee women and men will learn something.
Episode 124: Lessons from the Longest Running Study of Marriage in North America
Dr. Terri Orbuch, director of the longest running study of marriage in North America, the Early Years Marriage Project, shares what she's learned from following married couples for more than 20 years, including secrets to happy and successful relationships.
Article: "5 Happiness and Health Lessons for Couples."
Book: "5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great"
Episode 123: Secrets to Having a Successful Date Night
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses the Date Night movie with Tina Fey and Steve Carell and offers tips for listeners so they can achieve their own exciting date nights without getting held up by the mafia.
Episode 122: How to Fight Constructively
Dr. Noelle Nelson offers several tips on how a couple can fight where both can feel good about the outcome.
Episode 121: Overcoming Jealousy In Your Marriage
Dr. Karen Sherman responds to a wife's question about jealous feelings she has toward her husband going out--even though these feeling stem from previous relationships and not her current marriage.
Episode 120: Should You Quit a Lifelong Job to Save Marriage?
Dr. Karen Sherman addresses a wife's concerns that her husband's job with odd hours is tearing their marriage apart. Is it fair to ask him to quit even though she knew about the job before marriage? Dr. Sherman has answers.
Episode 119: How to Deal with Jealousy When Your Spouse is Out of Sight
Dr. Noelle Nelson offers tips for couples dealing with jealousy, particularly when one frequently goes out of town, is away serving in the military or other circumstance that keep you physically apart.
Episode 118: 5 Romantic Gestures for Her To Do for Him
In the second part of a two-episode podcast, Dr. Trina Read offers five romantic gestures for her to do for him. Dr. Read explains the differences between men and women in their idea of romance, which for men means five creative ideas that'll lead to sex.
Episode 117: 5 Romantic Gestures for Him To Do for Her
In a two-episode podcast, Dr. Trina Read offers five romantic gestures for him to do for her and for her to do for him. One reason for two episodes is that what men and women find romantic differs. Dr. Read explains.
Episode 116: What's Wrong With Always Being Right?
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses the issue of one spouse always having to be right and how that can impact a relationship. It seems like a small thing, but Dr. Nelson explains how it needs to be addressed.
Episode 115: It's Time You Take a Marriage Vacation
New guest, Dr. Michelle Gannon, introduces the idea of marriage vacations, why they're important and how they can help improve your marriage--especially for couples with children.
Episode 114: Signs You're Not Showing Enough Respect to Your Spouse
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses the difference between being critical of an action of your spouse and being disrespectful of your spouse. Dr. Nelson also offers several tips on how you can show more respect.
Episode 113: Getting Back to Sex After Baby
Dr. Trina Read discusses what she's learned four months into her six month sex challenge, including when to resume sex, how much sex is normal and what are some things couple need to consider after having a baby.
Episode 112: What is Sex Addiction and Is It Real?
Dr. Noelle Nelson dives into all your questions about sex addiction, what is it, what are the symptoms, is it real or is it just a bad label? All this and much more in this episode.
Episode 111: Dealing with Relatives Who Drive You Crazy
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses the delicate issue of dealing with outside family members who pry into your marriage, are overbearing, and sometimes drive you crazy, in general.
Episode 110: Aphrodisiac Foods
Dr. Trina Read gets your appetite going about aphrodisiac foods: what are they, how did they come about, and are they even real. There's a lot to digest here.
Episode 109: Integrity and Commitment
Dr. Erik Fisher discusses integrity and commitment and offers several metaphors for how it effects not just marriage, but the rest of our lives.
Episode 108: Cheap Valentine's Ideas
Looking to woo your spouse this year, but don't have the usual scratch? Dr. Noelle Nelson offers many great ideas that express your love, offer a fun night, and won't hurt your wallet.
Episode 107: Do Date Nights Automatically Include Sex?
Dr. Trina Read discusses whether or not a date night implies sex for couples, particularly for couples with kids. You'll also learn of a new Japanese holiday.
Episode 106: What is the Currency of Your Love?
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses your marriage economics, meaning when things get tough will your marriage be on the brink of bankruptcy or will you find the cooperation needed to move forward.
Episode 105: How to Start Fresh in Your Marriage
With a new year comes many new beginnings. To start this new decade Dr. Noelle Nelson offers some tips on kick-starting your marriage like it was brand new.
Episode 104: How to Keep the Holiday Spirit All Year Long
Once the new year begins "real life" hits and life can once again seem mundane. Dr. Noelle Nelson offers several tips on how to keep the good cheer and momentum going, and also why it's important to do so.
Episode 103: Preventing Holiday Drama with Spouse and Family
Dr. Noelle Nelson helps us cope with the inevitable tensions that arise during the holidays, whether with our spouses or family. These tips will help put the joy back in the season.
Episode 102: Does Your Marriage Need a Makeover?
There may not be cheating or anything too nefarious going on in your marriage, but is there room for improvement? Dr. Noelle Nelson offers advice on how you can accomplish your own marriage makeover.
Episode 101: Why Do Really Successful People Cheat
As celebrities continue to make headlines for their indiscretions, Dr. Karen Sherman sheds light on the motivation behind cheating, the unique challenges of public figures and much more.
Episode 99: What to Do When Alienated from Family
A reader and spouse are feeling lonely. Neither have close relationships with their families. Dr. Karen Sherman offers several ideas for the couple on dealing with their family and how to fill the void of loneliness.
Episode 98: Get Your Marriage Out of the Fight Club
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses how anger can inhibit your problem solving skills that keep you and your spouse fighting. Also, be sure to find out who won the Toad to Prince contest, Click here.
Episode 97: Safety Tips for Holiday Shopping
John Sileo offers several easy-to-follow safety tips for holiday shopping and identifies red flags to look for if something has gone awry.
Episode 96: Break the Vicious Cycle of Control in Marriage
Dr. Noelle Nelson talks about controlling spouses, why they control and what couples can do about it.
Episode 95: Dealing with Football Season
Brett Williams, Clinical Director of HelpTalking.com readdresses the issue of how football season disrupts relationships and what couples can do about it. He also responds to the many reactions of his written article.
Episode 94: What Couples Can Learn from David Letterman's Infidelity
Brett Williams, Clinical Director of HelpTalking.com, offers a few bits of advice to David Letterman, plus he explores why married people stray with fellow co-workers.
Episode 93: A Spouse is a Terrible Thing to Waste
You may love your spouse, but are you forgetting to show appreciation and interest in them? Dr. Noelle Nelson helps guide listeners through the issue of "wasting" your spouse.
Episode 92: Pulling the Plug on Infidelity
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses what drives us toward infidelity--even when there's seemingly nothing wrong with the marriage--and what we can do to prevent it from happening.
Episode 91: Gender Perceptions of Genitalia
Men and women often carry different perceptions and comfort levels with their genitals. Dr. Trina Read explains why this is and what can be done about it.
Episode 90: Protect Yourself on Social Networks
Identity theft expert, John Sileo, discusses the privacy policies of Facebook and Twitter, plus offers tips on what we should all do when connecting with others online.
Episode 89: Exploring Sexual Fantasies
Dr. Trina Read breaks the taboos about sexual fantasies, explains how you can introduce fantasy into your sex life and offers tips to make your exploration a fun, exciting and healthy success.
Episode 88: Protect Your Marriage from a Stealth Attack
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains what a stealth attack is, where they happen and what you can do to stop an attack on your marriage. This is a warning to all who have a good spouse that's desirable to others!
Episode 87: The Dangers of Kids/Teens Sexting
Dr. Erik Fisher discusses the seriousness of kids and teens sexting and some of the dangers that it can pose even for the parents.
Episode 86: Fighting Childhood Obesity
Fitness expert and ex-pro football player Dave Hubbard tells his extrodinaire story, which includes a life-changing sky diving accident ultimately resulting in his 10-minute training program. He then goes on to offer tips on fighting childhood obesity.
Episode 85: How to Get Your Husband to Take Responsibility
Dr. Karen Sherman explains why men sometimes have a difficult time accepting responsibility and how husbands and wives can take on any issue--responsibly.
Episode 84: How to Get Your Spouse to See a Therapist
Dr. Karen Sherman breaks down the barriers that prevent some couples from getting professional help and offers tips to squash some common excuses.
Episode 83: Make Your Marriage Sustainable
Dr. Noelle Nelson offers advice on how to keep your marriage sustainable and green by being spontaneous, flirting and much more.
Episode 82: Sex After 50
Dr. Trina Read discusses sex for couples over the age of 50. Dr. Read explains how sex has to change because our bodies change and what we can do--hopefully to acheive "ferocious" sex.
Episode 81: Break the Marriage Slump
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how and why marriages sometimes fall into a funk and how the marriage slump can be prevented-if you're already there, Dr. Nelson will tell you how to dig yourself out.
Episode 80: Date Nights--No Excuses
Brett Williams, executive director of OC Marriage offers advice on what a good date night is, why they're important and squashes your excuses for not going on regular date nights.
Episode 79: The Secrets of Happy Families (Part 2)
Dr. Scott Haltzman talks about his new book, "The Secrets of Happy Families" including his thoughts on the main reasons families struggle and succeed.
Episode 78: The Secrets of Happy Families (Part 1)
Dr. Scott Haltzman makes his first appearance on the Hitched Podcast to discuss his newest book, "The Secrets of Happy Families." In part 1, Dr. Haltzman discusses the process of putting his book together, the changing definition of happy families and more.
Episode 77: Happy Marriages--Waiting for the Shoe to Drop
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses why little problems can lead to major arguments and how couples need to learn to accept and deal with a happy marriage.
Episode 76: Tools to Approach and Resolve Conflicts
Dr. Jackie Black discusses the process of conflicts and various tools and tactics couples can use to better connect and resolve their issues.
Episode 75: A Marriage Saving Breakthrough--Quit the Blame
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses how blaming your spouse or yourself when problems arise will not lead to resolution. Instead, Dr. Nelson highlights several tips on what to do.
Episode74: Making a Good Marriage Even Better
Dr. Jackie Black discusses, among other things, why so many successful people have dismal marriages and ways to improve your marriage.
Episode 73: Spring Clean Your Marriage - Prevent a Relationship Meltdown
Dr. Noelle Nelson discusses how marriage can become stale and how couples can rekindle their marriage.
Episode 72: How to Keep from Driving Your Spouse Crazy
Dr. Noelle Nelson explores why we drive our spouse crazy and what we can do to prevent it.
Episode 71: Adventurous Places to Have Sex
Why is it that we have adventurous sex when single, but not married? Dr. Trina Read talks about the most adventurous place she's had sex, what adventurous sex can do for a marriage and more.
Episode 70: Increasing Emotional Attachments in Your Marriage
In part three of three, Dr. Karen Sherman explains the importance of emotional attachments in marriage and how really simple and small gestures can go a long way.
Episode 69: Male Contraception & Other Birth Control
Dr. Trina Read discusses male contraception, including the new injection available for men, as well as the long term effects of 'the pill' for women.
Episode 68: Connecting With Your Spouse Through Empathy
In the second of a three-part series, Dr. Karen Sherman helps couples connect through empathy, and explains how your childhood experiences can effect your emotional understanding as an adult.
Episode 67: Marriages Silent Killer - Boredom
Dr. Noelle Nelson explains why boredom has become a regular part of marriage, when it first starts to arrive and what you can do to stop it.
Episode 66: Building Emotional Connections with Your Spouse
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice on how couples can build emotional connections in their marriage, often through their differences.
Episode 65: How Twitter Can Ruin or Enrich Your Marriage
Dr. Noelle Nelson explores how Twitter can effect your marriage, good and bad.
Episode 64: Reader Questions About Sex
Sex expert, Dr. Trina Read answers reader questions about sex.
Episode 63: Recession-proof Your Marriage
New guest, Dr. Noelle Nelson shares tips on how to prevent the current recession from ruining your marriage.
Episode 62: Is It Bad to Go to Bed Angry?
Find out if it's really bad for your relationship to go to bed angry. Dr. Karen Sherman explains this issue and offers some tips. Plus our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
Dr. Sherman's "The 7 Tools to Manage Conflict Communication in Your Relationship"
Episode 61: Being an Individual Within Marriage
If you and your spouse have very few common interests, is that a bad thing for your marriage? Dr. Karen Sherman sets the record straight with some advice on staying connected while maintaining your individuality.
Episode 60: Attachment Issues
Attachment displayed as a child can be a great indicator of commitment issues as an adult. Dr. Karen Sherman explains why and how, plus what couples can do about commitment issues.
Episode 59: Too Tired for Sex?
Is "I'm too tired" the new "I have a headache" excuse for not having sex? Dr. Trina Read gives us an answer and explains the reasoning behind these excuses, plus offers solutions.
Episode 58: 5 Ways to Create Romance for Valentine's Day
Dr. Trina Read offers tips on how couples can use Valentine's Day to bring romance back into their relationship, even if couples think it's a Hallmark holiday.
Episode 57: Enhance Your Marriage Through Rituals
Dr. Karen Sherman explains the reasons rituals are so important and offers some new rituals that weren't mentioned in her aritcle.
Episode 56: Husband Has Cheating Friends
A husband hangs out with cheating friends and it makes his wife nervous. Dr. Karen Sherman answers these concerns and offers tips on how this couple can get through this issue.
Episode 55: Sex and the Holiday Season
Dr. Trina Read offers a little guidance to listeners on how husbands and wives can give their spouse the gift of sex and intimacy this holiday season.
Episode 54: Putting Sex Back Into Your Marriage
Dr. Karen Sherman answers a reader's call for help in getting sex back into her marriage. Karen also addresses how the husband can handle this issue.
Episode 53: How Stress Affects Sex
With the current economy, just about everyone is feeling a little more stressed. Dr. Trina Read explains how stress affects the sex lives of couples and what they can do about it.
Episode 52: Online Porn Addiction
Dr. Trina Read addresses online porn addiction, the problems it can cause a marriage and what couples can do about it.
Episode 51: How to Negotiate Different Sex Drives
You're two different people and you most likely have two different sex drives. Dr. Trina Read answers a reader question about how to negotiate having different sex drives and ways to get on the same page.
Episode 50: Getting the Affection Back
The honeymoon phase will end eventually. Dr. Karen Sherman helps a reader who's husband no longer shows affection toward her.
Episode 49: Sex, What to Expect With Age
Couples have sex well into their 60s and beyond. Sex expert Dr. Trina Read explains what couples can expect and how they can keep a healthy sex life.
Episode 48: Talking Politics
Politics is one of those extremely passionate subjects that people love to argue about. Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice on how to talk politics with your spouse.
Episode 47: Spouse Forgets Anniversary
One readers wants to know if her husband forgetting their 20th anniversary is a sign of uncaring, or even worse, infidelity. Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice.
Episode 46: Mindfullness and the Art of Choice (author interview)
Dr. Karen Sherman talks about her new book "Mindfulness and the Art of Choice: Transform Your Life".
Episode 45: Why Women Like Bad Boys
Sex expert Dr. Trina Read explains why women like bad boys and how this relates to non-bad boy married men.
Episode 44: Cleaning Differences
Does your husband promise to clean the house and then he either never does it or he does a poor job and you have to do it yourself? Dr. Karen Sherman can help clean up the situation.
Episode 43: My Spouse Has Wandering Eyes
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice to a husband who's wife stares at other men while they're out together, even though she knows it makes him feel uncomfortable.
Episode 42: Self-Respect Within Marriage
What can you do if you don't think you're getting the respect you deserve in your marriage? What do you do if you're trying to give your spouse respect, but your spouse doesn't acknowledge your efforts? Dr. Karen Sherman has answers.
Episode 41: Another Excuse for No Sex
A new study revealed that the more housework a husband did, the more sex he received from his wife. Does this mean women who do housework now have a good excuse for not wanting to have sex?
Episode 40: Help My Husband's a Pothead
Is pot effecting your marriage? Dr. Karen Sherman helps listeners navigate the smokey issue and address addiction.
Episode 39: Does Viagra for Women Exist?
Is there such a thing as Viagra for women? Dr. Trina Read sheds light on the subject, as well as offer alternatives.
Episode 38: Rumors About Your Spouse
Dr. Karen Sherman answers a reader question about dealing with rumors about her husband and another women.
Episode 37: Is Flirting Okay When Married?
Sex expert, Dr. Trina Read explains flirting, the benefits, the pitfalls and offers some guidelines to follow.
Episode 36: Spouse Vacation's Alone
Is it normal for your spouse to vacation by themselves? Find out the importance of vacations and also hear how our reader responded to the original article.
Episode 35: The G-Spot
Can all women have a G-spot orgasm, how to find it, and what are the best positions?
Episode 34: My Wife is Trying to Change Me
Address the issue up front and remember that you can't change anyone except the way that you react.
Episode 33: Is Your Wife Faking It?
Dr. Trina Read responds to a reader question from a husband who thinks his wife is faking having an orgasm.
Episode 32: Do Sex Toys Negatively Affect Sex Life?
Sex expert Dr. Trina Read exposes the truth about bringing sex toys into your relationship and if there's any reason to worry about using sex toys.
Episode 31: Spouse Gained Weight
Dr. Karen Sherman answers questions about how to approach a spouse who has gained weight.
Episode 30: Interview with "Here Come the Newlyweds" Host Pat Bullard
The host of the new reality show "Here Come the Newlyweds" Pat Bullard talks about his new show and also discusses his time as host of "Love Connection" and being a writer for "Roseanne."
Episode 29: Work Spouse
Today's modern marriages have new and unique challenges and issues, like dealing with a work spouse. Listen to Dr. Karen Sherman explain the warnings and benefits of having a work spouse.
Episode 28: Part 2 of 2 - Getting in the Mood
Too tired to have sex? Do you have kids, work opposite schedules or have other reasons why your sex life isn't what it should be? In a two-part podcast, Dr. Trina Read explains how to turn things around.
Episode 27: Part 1 of 2 - Getting in the Mood
Too tired to have sex? Do you have kids, work opposite schedules or have other reasons why your sex life isn't what it should be? In a two-part podcast, Dr. Trina Read explains how to turn things around.
Episode 26: Valentine's Special
How to initiate fun and play in your sex life this Valentine's Day.
Episode 25: Who Cares About Valentine's Day?
How do you handle a holiday that you believe is nothing more than a way for card companies to sell more cardboard?
Episode 24: Sunday Dinner
A husband's family holds a big family dinner every Sunday. The wife doesn't want to go. What to do?
Episode 23: E-mail Infidelity
Having an emotional affair through e-mail is a problem that's new and unique to today's married couples. Listen to Dr. Karen Sherman's advice for one of our readers.
Episode 22: Dealing With In-Law Criticism
Dealing with in-law criticism isn't easy. Thankfully, Dr. Karen Sherman has answers.
Episode 21: Secrets of Happily Married Women
Dr. Scott Haltzman discusses the release of his new book, "The Secrets of Happily Married Women: How to Get More Out of Your Relationship by Doing Less."
Episode 20: Getting Your Spouse To Do Maintenance
Dr. Karen Sherman answers a reader question about getting her husband to do the maintenance on the house that he promised. A friend says she should hire someone and leave the bill on the table for him to see. Find out what Dr. Sherman advises.
Episode 19: The Best Orgasm for Women
There are three different types of orgasms a woman can have. Is one of them the best kind to have? Dr. Trina Read explains.
Episode 18: Sex Toys
What couples need to know about buying and implementing sex toys into their relationship.
Episode 17: House-Hopping During the Holidays
Do you have to split time between your in-laws houses on Thanksgiving? Dr. Karen Sherman will help you navigate through this holiday season.
Episode 16: The Man's Right to Sex
What's a guy to do when he wants sex? How should he approach his significant other? Dr. Trina Read has these answers and more.
Episode 15: The Right Age for Trick-or-Treating
At what age should you let your kids go trick-or-treating without adult supervision? How do you discuss this issue with your spouse? Dr. Karen Sherman has the answers.
Episode 14: Single vs. Married Woman Sex
What happens to our sex life and mentality after we get married? Dr. Trina Read explains.
Episode 13: How Much Sex is Normal?
Dr. Trina Read joins the podcast for the first time to enlighten couples on how much sex is normal in long-term relationships.
Episode 12: Dinner Dilemma
If you're having a hard time deciding on what's for dinner, the food or restaurant may not be the issue.
Episode 11: Disciplining Kids
Are you and your spouse on the same page when it comes to disciplining your kids? Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice.
Episode 10: Baby Boy
Dr. Karen Sherman discusses the situation of one parent treating their young adult as a young child.
Episode 9: Want Children?
Dr. Karen Sherman explores the issue of kids. Specifically, when one spouse wants a child and the other doesn't and how to approach the subject. Dr. Sherman also touches on how to approach parents with the news of not having kids.
Episode 8: Selecting A Guardian
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice for couples when discussing who should be the guardian of their children should anything unfortunate happen. It's a touchy topic, but Dr. Sherman offers some great advice.
Episode 7: Fighting Over the TV
Dr. Karen Sherman discusses why couples fight over TV, the remote control and even paying for cable. Dr. Sherman offers tips to prevent future arguments and reasoning as to why these issues may be more than what they appear.
Episode 6: I Need Space
Dr. Karen Sherman talks about the need for space. To understand space, however, Dr. Sherman explains gender differences between men and women and how each needs to be treated differently in regards to space.
Episode 5: Bad Eating Habits of Your Kids
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice for parents who want to get their kids to eat healthier. Dr. Sherman also offers advice on getting kids to exercise.
Episode 4: Saying One Thing, Doing Another
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice for couples where one partner says one thing, then does another.
Episode 3: Vacation Preparation
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice on expectation differences leading up to a vacation. Couples argue about things from where to go to how much money is being spent. Dr. Sherman addresses all the issues.
Episode 2: Security
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice on couples dealing with security issues. In particular, when one partner continually ignores requests to lock doors and/or keep window closed.
Episode 1: Spring Cleaning
Dr. Karen Sherman offers advice on spring cleaning and how husbands and wives deal with differences in their cleaning habits. Also included is advice on how to get rid of items when one is a pack rat and the other wants to eliminate junk. Enjoy!