It's the rare couple that doesn't run into a few bumps in the road.If you recognize ahead of time, though, what those relationship problems might be, you'll have a much better chance of getting past them.She's perfectly capable of pulling out her own chair or opening a door, but if you see her hesitate, she might just be waiting for you to be the gentleman.Styles come and go, but a man's attention to his grooming and clothing should be long lasting.This generation is radically rethinking straight sex and marriage, but at what cost?In Part One of a two-part series, Rolling Stone goes under the covers in search of new approaches to intimacy, commitment and hooking up."Men feel the need to fix things because they are solution-oriented," says Kirschner."But to a woman, really listening is a wonderful, wonderful thing that deepens the relationship." Listening is important, but she also wants to know that she is being heard. When she pauses, she's giving you a cue to respond in a compassionate, caring way, says Kirschner.
But having sex is one of the last things you should give up, Fay says.Even though every relationship has its ups and downs, successful couples have learned how to manage the bumps and keep their love life going, says marriage and family therapist Mitch Temple, author of The Marriage Turnaround.They hang in there, tackle problems, and learn how to work through the complex issues of everyday life.By the end of their dinner at a small Italian restaurant in New York’s West Village, Leah is getting antsy to part ways with her boyfriend Ryan, so that she can go meet up with her boyfriend Jim.It’s not that she means to be rude, it’s just that Jim has been traveling for work, so it’s been a while since she’s seen him. As her “primary partner” and the man with whom she lives, he is the recipient of most of Leah’s attention, sexual and otherwise, but he understands her need to seek companionship from other quarters roughly one night a week.