I have been all over the world and my male friends always say the same thing, ‘Dating women in the US is difficult’. Of course dating a woman from any country can be a challenge, but if you understand what makes American women unique, then it makes dating women in the US much easier.
First, and most importantly, American women want to be respected. Never forget this. Women in the US have fought long and hard for equality and they take it very seriously. They work hard, they own businesses, they make their own decisions and, in general, they will not tolerate a man who thinks he is better than they are.
American women sometimes seem to want it ‘both ways’, meaning that they want their dates to be progressive and traditional at the same time. For example, an American woman might become very angry if you order for her at a restaurant. To her, it means that you are controlling her. Yet, at the same time, she still might expect you to open the door for her or pull out her chair for her before she sits. Yes, it’s difficult to know how to act when dating women in the US. Many American guys have problems too. The best thing is just to remember the women in the US demand to be treated as equals but still enjoy some of the romantic gestures from the past. Good luck.
Stephanie could not imagine that the life I had dream of was about to become a nightmare. The first few months in Australia were just bliss. Tennis while the children were at school, weekly lunch with new friends, and a tidy home to go back to.
Donny, on the other hand, had something else in mind. Despite his apparently happy family life, he divorced his wife at the end of their first year in Australia. He claimed to have found “the love of his life.”
Stephanie, a former office clerk who gave up her career to support her husband’s work, simply couldn’t believe her ears. “I thought we had a great marriage. He had just recently mentioned that we should go to the Maldives for our tenth anniversary. We were best friends,” she says. Stephanie and Donny were together for fifteen years and were married for over nine of those. Continue reading →
A woman who suffered an expat divorce is Helen, who discovered while they were in the process of moving to New Zealand a year ago that her husband was having an affair. “Our marriage broke down as soon as we arrived here. I discovered his infidelity and he left me completely helpless,” she remembers.
Helen and their two children, aged eight and ten, had just come from another post in Asia. “I was a homemaker. I had no job and no qualifications to get one. I looked at myself and knew that I was a good mother and housewife. But I lacked confidence.”
The first year was the toughest and Helen admits she couldn’t have survived without a good friend in another country who was available at all hours on the phone to help. Continue reading →
I can still remember the day that I delivered our adorablebaby Gwen into this world, with my devoted honey – hubby Chris right by my side throughout the whole experience.
In a way, I guess you could say that poor Matthias experienced my labor pains together with me, with his arm suffering from some major bruises after being clenched by my vice-like grip for a few hours as I cussed like a sailor at the intense labor pains! Continue reading →
If cooking and baking is not your thing, then there are other ways in which you can express your love to the man of your life. Adds Jessica, ” We always try our best to make Chris feel like the most special dad in the world on Father’s day, and I make sure that both the kids and I are extra attentive to his needs, giving him little back massages from time to time. I can tell he enjoys it, from the huge, goofy grin that he wears on his face throughout the day!”
Father’s day is abeautiful day to celebrate the men in your life! Don’t be misled into thinking that you need to wait for this special day to show your appreciation; in fact, everyday can and should be a day of celebration!
Connie Parker, a full-timehometuition teacher, says, “Much as I thoroughly dislike soccer, I have a long standing agreement to sit through a whole soccer match with my hubby Mathew every Father’s day without attempting to switch the channel.
Needless to say, I tend to doze off halfway through the game every single year on his shoulder, but my hubby is happy as long as I am right by his side as he is doing his favorite activity. This year, I plan to drink an extra cup of coffee to try to actually stay awake for the wholegame!”