1. Dating_Question

    Hi Dr. Beth, I am a woman in my late 20s, and for as long as I can remember I have been in relationships with men. Every time I break up with a guy, I go on a couple dates and before I know it, I am a "couple" again. I always set out to stay single for awhile and it never lasts. Sometimes I don'…Read More

  2. Children or not_Answer

    There is still a strong cultural expectation that every married couple will have children and usually more than one child. Couples without children are assumed to be either 1) waiting for the right time to have a child; 2) infertile; or 3) selfish. And as you mentioned it is also often presumed …Read More

  3. Past Relationships_Answer

    Your ex-boyfriend was clearly a very important and significant person in your life. Relationships of that depth and importance don’t come into our lives very often. If you were serious enough with one another to live together and discuss the possibility of marriage, there was clearly something ver…Read More

  4. Romantic Relationship_Answer

    All relationships go through cycles. There is the excitement of early romantic involvement and the many firsts that go along with the beginning of a relationship. First dates, first developing feelings of love and affection, the excitement of a new sexual relationship, starting to live together—th…Read More

  5. Romantic Relationship – When to move on_Question

    Dr. Firestein, What are some signs of when it is time to move on from a long-term romantic relationship?  I have been dating my boyfriend for seven years and we have been living together for a lot of that time.  Over the past year and a half, we hardly ever spend time together. We never spend time…Read More

  6. Communication in Relationships_Answer

    This is often a problem in male-female relationships. Both men and women are capable of being really good communicators or poor communicators. However, women tend to be more verbal than men and have an easier time talking about personal issues, feelings, and relationship issues, leaving guys feeling…Read More

  7. Communication in relationships_Question

    Dr. Firestein, I have been in several relationships in my adult life, including one marriage and several other long-term relationships. Communication has always seemed to be a problem in my relationships. I used to think it was the other person’s fault, but now I’m involved with a woman that is …Read More

  8. Transsexual Sibling – How to react_Answer

    I’m sure this revelation must have been a huge shock to you and your whole family. I have worked with several transgender and transsexual clients over the years and I can assure you that Gender Identity Disorder is a real condition. It is a medical condition which also has many psychological, emot…Read More

  9. Sex between teenagers – How to handle it as a parent_Question

    Dr. Beth, I am writing because I am really confused and upset about how to approach my daughter. I found out from looking at the history of recent website visits on the family computer that she has been looking up sites about sex, contraception, and similar topics. My daughter is 17 and has a boyfri…Read More

  10. In a Relationship with a workaholic – How to handle_Answer

    This is a tricky question because the line between working hard and being a workaholic is pretty thin. It is also tricky to know what we can reasonably ask from our partners about altering their work life to meet the needs of a relationship. I don’t know what kind of job he has but there are some …Read More