Relationships

Relationships
married to a Frenchman

Paris Plunge: From Romance to Marriage in One Year

One year after moving to Paris, a newlywed reflects on her whirlwind romance and the rewards and challenges of being an expat married to a Frenchman.
marriage counseling needed

What Should “Jane” Do: When Sneaky Husband Refuses Marriage Counseling?

How do you mend a struggling marriage when one spouse refuses therapy? Family and marriage counselor Kristin Louise Duncombe addresses this and other relationship issues.

7 Tips to Flirting and Seducing Like the French

When it comes to flirting, the French are kings and queens of the art of seduction. It’s a delicious, integral part of our lifestyle and I will even say, flirting is in our genes.
parent letting go of child

Motherhood Diaries: When Letting Go of Your Child is Hard to Do

Recently, my daughter had her first ever rentrée –an initiation to a ritual every mom faces. My 14-month-old simply started going to a childminder, and while Alice is taking the rentrée in her stride it doesn’t mean that I am. I’m experiencing a host of classic feelings.
relationships

What Should “Jane” Do After the French Mistress Dies?

Rebuilding a marriage after an affair is hard enough... but what if the mistress suddenly dies? Kristin Louise Duncombe, psychotherapist and author of two books, addresses questions on marriage and relationships, from the challenges of being a "trailing spouse" to infidelity, in her new column for INSPIRELLE.
sexy foods- strawberry and cream

50 Shades of Sexy Food to Get You in the Mood

It’s usually not something that people tend to ask me during a consultation (!) but it’s often a question I’m asked around a dinner table, once the wine has kicked in nicely and the conversation is free flowing - ‘What foods help to increase sex drive’ – cue snigger, snigger.
empty nest

Man in the Kitchen: A Father Faces the Empty Nest

As a man, you think you are ill prepared on the day you bring a newborn home. I mean no instruction manual, nothing! So you work through it. However, nothing prepares you for that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you hug them goodbye with all your might at camp drop-off and you can already feel the distance as they gently tug to get away.

Father’s Day in France: Two Teens Who Think Their Dads Are Cool

Father’s Day in France is this weekend, so we asked two teenagers to tell us what makes their relationship with their papas special and how they plan to spend the day.
al fresco dinner

Man in the Kitchen: A Moveable Feast for Unmoveable Times 

After a long winter, and a litany of bad news – from political turmoil, to terrorism alerts, and the Brexit – what does a person do? Host an al fresco dinner to reconnect with friends and the simpler things in life, of course!
Kristin Louise Duncombe

Kristin Louise Duncombe Bares All About Life as a Trailing Wife

Are you a "trailing wife" or a ”trailing spouse”? Few people understand what this wretched expression means, and even fewer are able to express how it really feels to leave everything behind to follow a partner fulfilling his or her career path abroad. Yet Kristin Louise Duncombe has hit it on the nail first with her memoir, "Trailing", and now in her newest book, "Five Floors Up".