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Truth: this year has been HARD on relationships. Luckily, sex educator, author, licensed therapist, and my dear friend Jamye Waxman is here to help! For those struggling to connect right now, Jamye gives different methods for checking in with your partner, rekindling the magic, and keeping a relationship strong over time.  
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Did you grow up with a loud family? So did today’s guest. Adam Ferrara is a comedian, actor and recovering loudmouth. Adam and I talk about how important it was for his marriage to learn to listen. We get into control issues and the work required to undo the damage caused by childhood trauma. 
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parenting blog sex with emilyIt’s no secret that most of us are spending a lot of our lives at home right now. And with that comes more “quality time” with our partners, pets and, if you have them, kids. Your parenting skills are likely getting put to a unique test as well, but hey, that’s not all bad!

Some may call it strain, but for others it’s a tip-top opportunity. What better way to make the most of these times than bolstering bonds and strengthening relationships among your family?

So we’d like to provide some insight on how to optimize these twisted days on lockdown. We’ve rounded up some of our best podcasts about all things parenting!

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what to tell blog sex with emilyWhen you are in a new relationship, there are so many questions. Of course you want to get to know everything about your new mate, and you want to tell them things too. You might want to discover who they are because you are fascinated, and also because you might be sizing them up to see if they are a match to the kind of relationship you want. 

Is she a Capricorn? Is he a Virgo? What’s their moon sign? These are important questions!! 

Yet compatibility isn’t just information. It is a combination of chemistry, emotional connection, maturity level, timing and life circumstances.

Therefore, what to tell and what not to tell early on in a relationship can be a matter of timing, level of intimacy, and personal comfort.

This article is here to help you decide what to disclose in a new relationship and what to keep to yourself.

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home blog sex with emilyGoing back to your date’s place means more than getting lucky. It means getting a deeper look into all the little things that make them who they are. From decorations to temperature to available food (or lack thereof), seeing someone’s home for the first time can provide you with all sorts of hidden information about them. 

Some people are on the shyer side or they don’t tend to talk about their hobbies/passions. Seeing their home may give you a wealth of things to talk about.

When first dating someone, you want to absorb all the information you can. Here are different things you can infer about someone after seeing their house for the first time: 

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queer holiday blog sex with emilyWhile the holiday season can be stressful for everyone, it has to be, like, ten million times more stressful for queer people.

From dodging intrusive questions from judgmental family members about your haircut or clothing to continually validating that your very romantic and sexual partner is not just your “friend” — it’s not always easy to be holly and jolly when you’re feeling questioned, erased, or straight up unsafe. 

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family blog sex with emilyMost people agree that relationships are work. We all have to find a way to manage the challenges of life, work, our intimate relationships and family obligations.

Once we have that balancing act managed, we usually find that we have very little energy left to take care of ourselves. Add extended family, in particular your partner’s family, into the mix plus the stresses of the holiday? You may well reach your breaking point. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. With some strategizing, communication and planning, you can make the most of that family time while still maintaining your sanity and the love you have for your spouse. Yes, when we marry the love of our life we also marry into their family, for better or for worse. So here are some tips for keeping your cool when the pressure builds up and you feel yourself ready to hop a flight to anywhere-but-here.  Continue Reading

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