Questions to ask men before dating
That's why dateologist Tracey Steinberg, author of , says it's important to clear the air.
"Often what makes one person feel loved is very different from someone else.
That way, if a problem does come up in your relationship, they'll be more likely to view things from a more impartial perspective.
Plus, "introducing each other to the important people in your lives is a sign of trust and intimacy," says Steinberg, so taking that step is proof you two are fully integrating each other into your lives.
These are the topics experts say you shouldn't skip over before that walk down the aisle.
— physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and receiving gifts — it's not very common for two people in a relationship to have the same one as their top language.
But "it's one of the elephants in the room that isn't discussed, and I've seen it blindside couples all the time," says Fields.
She describes it as often being treated like a don't ask, don't tell situation, but just like that policy was repealed, so should this one.
Because, yes, a wedding is fun to plan — though it can drive some brides to the near end of crazy — but it's not all you need to plan for.It's something you don't really ever think to talk about — whether it was dad who did the cooking, or mom who paid the bills — because most couples don't realize how much it affects the way you view relationship responsibilities, says Les Parrott, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and co-author of the best-selling book Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts.That way you're not only giving her a pat on the back, but also emphasizing that it's what the two of you need to have a solid foundation.No, this isn't a trick question — he's not supposed to say you.