Couples Counseling Before the Wedding? Why Experts Say Yes!

We’ve all seen those hard-to-watch (yet hard-to-look-away) “Bridezilla” moments on wedding reality TV. Brides and grooms freaking out on film over everything from escalating wedding costs to where to strategically seat certain family members to battles over linen colors may make for good TV. But, in real life, these types of serious breakdowns in communication […]

You Said It: Real Talk About Marriage and Divorce

Here at Make It Better, we value your feedback! If you ever have a question or would  like more information about something you read in our magazine or on our website, please send us an email at We’re happy to help. Below is an email exchange between a reader and our publisher, Susan B. […]

Create a Happy, Harmonious Blended Family (Yes, It Can Be Done)

Divorce remains common in the United States. As a result, blended families are one of the fastest growing family groups in the country. However, even though blended families are becoming more prevalent, they are not without challenges. According to World Village, children who live in a blended family are three times more likely to need psychological […]

7 Things Women Should Know About Divorce Before Getting One

This column often focuses on how to keep marriage hot, but the truth is not all women are in relationships that will last. This time of year—January through March—is known as “divorce season” because it’s when most couples file for dissolution of marriage in court. For women considering divorce, here are seven things to know […]

Coupled or Uncoupled, Consciousness is Required

Let’s discuss Gwyneth Paltrow and her “conscious uncoupling” from husband Chris Martin. She has been given a lot of grief for sharing this new-agey term for her break up, but I say there’s value in her perspective. Recently, the actress announced on her “goop” lifestyle website that she and her rock-star husband of 10 years were separating. The post was promoted to “goop” subscribers via an […]

How to Divorce-Proof Your Finances

Dr. Terri Orbuch, relationship expert and author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great,” says that seven out of 10 couples report that money is a source of conflict in their relationship.

Newly single? Why You Should Wait Before You Date

Many women who are newly single are tempted to jump into the dating world right away. Ending a relationship can be awful, and you’re eager to shake off the darkness and turmoil and have some fun. Besides, in this digital age of dating websites and social media, it’s easier to connect than ever—so why not […]