Relationship Help Forum: Stop-Start Relationship

This Relationship blog runs a regular relationship help forum. The story below is a true one (with all identifiable details edited) taken from the forum run elsewhere. In today's story *Martha (not her real name) is experiencing an extreme case of a stop-start relationship. I know we've all been there. Here's Martha's battle, and the advice I gave her. You can see the other relationship forum stories here.

Relationship help forum: stop-start relationship

Dear Anne, My break up is a bit complicated. I ran away from home when I was a teenager to be with my ex. Things didn’t go very well because we were young and I felt guilty about running away. We were always fighting (I have a very bad temper – more so because I was racked with guilt). I went back home a year later because he broke up with me.
Then a month later, he decided he wanted me back. I took him back despite my parents saying I shouldn’t. Things got very difficult for me at home so I decided to move out and move back in with him again. My parents don’t talk to me anymore. After that it just went downhill from there. Mind you, we had a lot of very good memories, but when we fought it was bad. On our second breakup, I decided to relocate because he was moving out and leaving me with a large apartment I couldn’t afford.

Online Dating: Best Practices

Recently I've been meeting more and more couples who've found true love on online dating websites. Years ago, even the thought of online dating conjured up doubt and wariness. Don't get me wrong, people still have to be very careful about the individuals they meet online, weather they're potential spouses or just friends. My point is that the taboo that once accompanied online dating has now been lost. It's been replaced with acceptance and a measure of curiosity. More people are now inclined to date in this way, but nervousness has taken over because they haven't got the first idea of how to show themselves in the best light. Here are some pointers to help!

So, have you tried online dating? Are you inclined to? What are some of the ways you've used to show yourself in the best possible light on Internet dating websites? How do you play it safe to make sure you get what you're looking for? 

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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