If you’re like most chicks, you analyze your love life to death. Not so great. To help cut through some of the guesswork—and definitely some of the BS—we asked experts to respond to common relationship issues really, really directly (and in just 20 words or less).
It’s been four days since our date, and he hasn’t gotten in touch. Is he not into it?
Maybe. Text or message him on FB, and say you had a great time. If he doesn’t take the bait, move on mentally.
How do I keep my husband’s little quirks from driving me crazy?
Focus on the flip side. For example, if he’s messy, be happy he’s laidback and not super-anal.
Why does he always text back after I ring him?
Men’s goal is “fast,” so to them, it’s the most direct way to stay in touch with you.
When can I start leaving stuff at his place?
When you’re consistently staying over for consecutive nights. Start small…like with a toothbrush.
I think his friends are a bad influence. What can I do?
Nothing. Men are loyal to their buds. What matters is that his behavior doesn’t change around them.
Should I play hard to get even if we’ve been dating for a few years?
Sometimes. It maintains a sense of mystery that keeps him panting.
He never plans anything. How do I get him to step up?
Take him on a date he’ll love, like to a sporting event. Then, suggest alternating organizing nights out.
How important is it that I get along with my hubby’s mom?
It’s crucial. But, don’t struggle to be BFFs; being friendly and respectful will do.
What can I say to break the ice with a guy?
“Hi, my name is _______.” Then, compliment something, like the color of his shirt on him.
It’s been five years, and he hasn’t proposed to me yet. Bad sign?
Not always. Unless you spell out when you expect a ring, he’ll assume you’re okay with the status quo.