Category: *The Dating Mechanic ~ Alasha Bennett, Columnist

You may feel a little pressure here! Love addict Part 4

You may feel a little pressure here!   It takes little effort to rattle off a list of reasons why it would be enjoyable to have a partner.  In fact if I timed you at 60 seconds I’m positive you could come up with at least 15 benefits of having a partner in your life right now. That is great! Now think of that list again. How many of those benefits only touch the surface of what a relationship should consist of? A vital part of dating is taking the time to understand why you have chosen to date...

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Love Addiction Part 3 The Overdose

Take a Deep Breath! Being single is NOT a disease nor is it this unshakeable cloud hovering over your doorstep. You don’t have a bull’s-eye on your back or a red X on your front. It is NOT assumed by couples you are single as a result of some inability and certainly your current single status is NOT what defines your future relationship status. What it does signify is your persistence to relate to another person who is suited for you and to not pass the time by hooking up with someone you know is not a match for...

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What Type of Love Addict Are You? Part 2

Say AAAHHHH! Entering the dating game can be tricky when you have been absent from it for some time. The rules have definitely changed.  Just as technology has evolved so has dating. Some have incorporated tactics of the dating movement into their single lives and some are immovable, unwilling to embrace change. Unfortunately as in some cases of people vs technology, single people have decided to stand still waiting for time to travel backwards to “The Way We Were”.  As a single person you must learn to refine your strategies and improve your techniques. Let’s continue with today’s love...

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What Type of Love Addict Are you?

Time for a Check-Up! Being single is not always easy. In fact it can be downright hard at times. As a single person have you noticed you’re one extreme or the other?  What I mean is either you feel like The only way to never feel rejected by love again is to stay away from love altogether or You feel like the only way to find true love is to go all in with everything you have It can be difficult to find a middle ground where you don’t feel discouraged or scared but you also don’t feel out...

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Dating Mommies and Daddies When You Have No Children

Dating Mechanic, In the past I have always had a firm rule of not dating men with baby mammas because it carries way too much drama that I just don’t want to deal with but recently I began dating a man who has a six year old. I’m having second thoughts about creating a relationship with him. The mom seems to be fine with the fact that I am dating her ex and wants us to “be friends”. She’s never asked me out for coffee or anything but it makes me feel uncomfortable to think of her in that...

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How Mom Can Help Make Father Daughter Relationships a Priority

There are so many women who have not had the opportunity to grow up with their father. Being one of those women I was delighted to share my thoughts at Norfolk State University yesterday as a panelist for their discussion titled, “My Daughter and Her Dad: Strategies to facilitate a relationship between daughters and fathers when the parent’s relationship have dissolved” As a single parent, women may feel pressured by the father’s absence to play the role of both mom and dad but a father’s love can never be substituted. No matter how hard a woman tries to compensate...

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