For the better portion of my 20s, I’ve been single.
And not just solo, but really-really-really-want-to-be-in-a-relationship-crazy-obsessed-single-gal. It hasn’t always been a pretty experience for me, and for several years, I’d find myself completely...
Whether you prefer text messages, IMs, emails, telephone calls, or video chatting, keeping in touch is the most important thing you can do in a long-distance relationship.
Check out the top 10 tips for a happy marriage from five real long-distance sets of spouses.
Jacey Eckhart from Herndon, VA, says she complained often during the first few months her husband, Brad Skillman, a naval officer, was living about three hours away in Norfolk, VA, while in port.
To regain perspective, she listed all the reasons they chose to live separately—their child’s education, her heavy work travel schedule, so her husband could better prepare for his upcoming deployment and more.
“Whenever we got tired of living apart, we reread the list and remembered that sometimes adults do hard things because it’s best for the family.” Write out the pros for the difficult choices you and your husband have made, so you have a reminder handy when you need it.
Just be sure to agree on what forms of communication you’ll use most.
If you hate phone calls and your partner prefers to chat that way, you may set yourself up for disagreements if you don’t work it out ahead of time.Whether or not you’re one of the 3.5 million married American couples who live apart for reasons other than impending divorce, your relationship can benefit from the wisdom of husbands and wives who don’t share a home.After all, they have to get creative with how they maintain their bond and budget their time.For instance, unless you're looking for a casual, non-exclusive relationship, at some point, one of you is going to have to move.That can add a whole lot of stress to your already strained couplehood. Are you evaluating whether one of you will move, and if so, does that mean marriage?There are different kinds of relationships across the miles and they require different things. Wonderful at your friend's wedding in Wisconsin – and you live in Biloxi. Wonderful you've been dating for five months in Biloxi gets sent to Chicago for a six-month assignment.