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A bossy mom and a fun dad

A bossy mom and a fun dad

“Dad is the one who plays with us, and Mom is the one who bosses us.”
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How to say “I wouldn’t change one single thing about you” and actually mean it

How to say “I wouldn’t change one single thing about you” and actually mean it

The song says, in part, “All of me loves all of you…love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections…I give you all of me, and you give me all of you.”
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4 ways to guarantee your spouse feels loved

4 ways to guarantee your spouse feels loved

Your relationship with your spouse is important and needs to be nourished and strengthened daily. The question then becomes, “How do I help my spouse feel loved?” Since each person feels loved and appreciated in different ways, the answer is not straightforward.
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What moms say versus what dads hear

What moms say versus what dads hear

You don't have to be a fly on the wall in the homes of millions of Americans to see this common phenomenon. You know, that phenomenon where one spouse says "I didn't say that" only for the other spouse to respond with the predictable "Yes, you did." You don't have to be a fly on the wall because you've probably seen it in your own home enough times. Heck, you've probably seen this kind of conversation in the grocery store, at the park, or at the restaurant you went to last weekend.
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Transient star ‘recently’ passed by solar system, study says

Transient star ‘recently’ passed by solar system, study says

ROCHESTER, New York — The solar system had a “close call” with a dim star about 70,000 years ago, according to a new study.
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Focus on the Family releases 'The Drop Box,' a documentary about helping orphans

Focus on the Family releases 'The Drop Box,' a documentary about helping orphans

Kelly Rosati is the vice president of community outreach at Focus on the Family, but that’s not the title she considers most important.
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5 destructive phrases parents use every day

5 destructive phrases parents use every day

We all experience days when it feels like we just can't get on the same page with our kids. No matter what we say, they aren't hearing it, and, before long, everyone ends up shouting and upset. There are so many good ways to get our points across to our kids, but we use the same meaningless phrases over and over, expecting to get different results.
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8 reasons why men betray their wives

8 reasons why men betray their wives

Infidelity looks different today than it did in the mid-nineties. Back in the Carter administration, when Murphy Brown and the X-files were still hanging on, an affair was considered an actual physical sexual encounter between people. Today however, infidelity is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, literally.
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This baby is a future book nerd, for sure

This baby is a future book nerd, for sure



Most kids love books, but this baby takes the cake.
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The real secret to dealing with stress

The real secret to dealing with stress

Question:
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Have a favorite child? This is how it can affect your family

Have a favorite child? This is how it can affect your family

According to scientists who spoke to NPR’s Nancy Shute, nearly 80 percent of parents have a favorite child (others have said it’s closer to 1 in 12 parents, or closer to two-thirds).
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Which baby monitor is best for your family?

Which baby monitor is best for your family?

Baby monitor technology is constantly evolving. But are all the new features worth the money? That depends. For a lot of families, the best solution is a basic audio-only monitor. They’re easy on your budget and can still offer an array of benefits. For other parents, the capabilities of a top-of-the-line video monitor are too good to pass up.
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The Clean Cut: Disney's 'Frozen Fever' trailer released

The Clean Cut: Disney's 'Frozen Fever' trailer released

For children (and adults) who fell in love with “Frozen” in November 2013, Disney released a trailer last week promoting the seven-minute “Frozen Fever” film, which will debut with “Cinderella” on March 13.
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How to plan a proposal she'll always remember

How to plan a proposal she'll always remember

One of my most memorable moments was when my husband proposed. It was not an over-the-top proposal. It was simple but magical. One early afternoon, he picked me up for a regular date. We saw a movie and headed back to his house for dinner. After we ate, he disappeared for a couple of minutes. When he returned, he sat next to me on the couch with a small box. Even though it was a ring box, I didn’t expect a ring. At one point, we'd seriously discussed marriage but never decided on a specific time. When he ... Read More
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Relationship, educational and economic factors contribute to family success

Relationship, educational and economic factors contribute to family success

Stable relationships, educational opportunity and economic opportunity are all important for family well-being, according to a new report by the Council on Contemporary Families.
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10 survival tips for when your spouse is away

10 survival tips for when your spouse is away

Do you go into survival mode when your spouse is out of town? My husband has been working out of town for six months now, and while I'm grateful he gets to come visit once a month, I've also learned how to manage the duties of both parents at once. Here are my top 10 survival tips for the next time you're on your own.
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How to actually live life instead of just getting 327 likes on Instagram

How to actually live life instead of just getting 327 likes on Instagram

Joslyn (not her real name) is so absorbed in social media that she often leaves her children to fend for themselves. While she is often in the same room with them, she is miles away posting about her life while life is rushing past her.
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4 negative takeaways from our preoccupation with Hollywood celebrities

4 negative takeaways from our preoccupation with Hollywood celebrities

What values are our families getting from a steady diet of the splashy lives of Hollywood celebrities? While there are some really fine famous people with solid marriages and healthy families, they are either the exception, or they just don't make the news. Here are four negative take aways we get from our preoccupation with Hollywood celebrities.
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Peanut allergy could be avoided by indulging early in life, study suggests

Peanut allergy could be avoided by indulging early in life, study suggests

Mr. Peanut had better polish his monocle and shine his shoes. He has a whole new group of customers to entertain.
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Right vs. wrong: why the black and blue dress debate shows a major disaster of our society

Right vs. wrong: why the black and blue dress debate shows a major disaster of our society

You first see the photo and think “duh.”
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Telling your kids they just ate Babe: Observations from a meat-phobic mom

Telling your kids they just ate Babe: Observations from a meat-phobic mom

My parents started calling me a "bleeding heart" before I can remember. I love animals. I love insects. I love the green grass that grows between my feet. I'm also kind of a sissy, if you missed that. Forever, I fought my family on eating meat, not that it did me any good. I'm a Montana girl, born and raised, and we eat meat around here - dang good meat, by most people's standards.
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Jewish woman says modesty spans religions and cultures, launches modest online marketplace

Jewish woman says modesty spans religions and cultures, launches modest online marketplace

Nava Brief-Fried is passionate about fashion and design, but most of all, she's passionate about helping women find modest clothing. That's why she created a modest marketplace for women around the world.
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Will living together before marriage really doom your relationship?

Will living together before marriage really doom your relationship?

We were chatting with an acquaintance of ours who lives with his girlfriend and, during our discussion, we asked him if he was planning to get married.
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Infertility: navigating your 'disenchanted' grief

Infertility: navigating your 'disenchanted' grief

Infertility is complex, not just the medical side of treating infertility, but the emotional side of treating it. Essentially, infertility, whether it's the inability to conceive, frequent miscarriages or otherwise, is loss. Many couples are surprised by the intensity of their feelings related to infertility.
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How :) or :( or :D can make your child a better person

How :) or :( or :D can make your child a better person

A new feature will soon be added to the emoji world...
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Does a man have to wait on his pregnant wife?

Does a man have to wait on his pregnant wife?

Does a man have to wait on his pregnant wife? The short answer? Yes. A woman goes through a lot when she is pregnant and the least thing a husband can do is wait on his wife during this time. However, with that said, a wife, should not take advantage of her husband's expected role. It can be easy and tempting to fall prey to "expected" behaviors, but in order for both the husband and wife to survive this emotional time, there are a few things the wife should remember.
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The Clean Cut: Groom makes vows not only to new bride but to new stepdaughter

The Clean Cut: Groom makes vows not only to new bride but to new stepdaughter

Wedding vows often touch the hearts of a couple's close friends and family, but a video of one man’s vows to his new stepdaughter has taken the Internet by storm. The video was posted on Feb. 12, 2014, but it caught the attention of many websites this week and has now been viewed more than 1.3 million times.
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Health professionals call for action to address gun violence

Leaders from the nation's top health professional organizations have issued a call to action on gun violence, co-signing an article published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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7 things your husband doesn't really need to know

Recently, I consulted a panel of experts (well, my sisters) on the things we don’t tell our husbands. After all, a happy marriage can contain a tiny aura of mystery. Sharing the big stuff is a must, but it’s better to keep under wraps some of the inconsequentials.
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For kids older than 2, nap may only benefit tired parents — and it may disrupt sleep

File this one under bad news for parents of young children: A new study from Australia says little guys older than 2 don't benefit from a nap. And it may prevent them from sleeping well at night.
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Loving our children to death — and not in a good way

Loving our children to death — and not in a good way

People have a lot of things to say about kids and parents today. Apparently, the rising generation acts spoiled, entitled, impulsive and out of control. Meanwhile, their parents are permissive, weak, lazy and fad-oriented. Talk about a hard time to parent.
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7 crucial questions to ask before tying the knot

7 crucial questions to ask before tying the knot

Getting married is a momentous occasion — a cause for celebration. But when you get swept up in the fantasy and romance of an engagement, crucial questions about your lifelong union may get swept under the rug. Fear of "ruining the mood" or starting an argument by asking hard questions may keep you from learning some key information upfront, leading to a disaster in the end. Before you walk down the aisle and exchange vows in front of friends and family, make sure you and your soon-to-be spouse discuss these seven critical subjects: 1. What’s it to you? Ask your ... Read More
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When his wife goes blind, one man shows what true love really is

When his wife goes blind, one man shows what true love really is



True love is an action. It means showing another person that you will do anything — no matter the cost — to help and protect him or her. This type of love doesn’t come easily. It doesn’t come simply from meeting someone. It comes from getting to know a person. It comes from times of laughter, times of sadness and even times of despair.
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Why I vaccinate my children, and hope other parents do, too

Why I vaccinate my children, and hope other parents do, too

I do not like vaccinating my children. No parent relishes the idea of extra synthetic substances and inactivated diseases being shot into the arms of their screaming child.
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Who's smarter? Car drivers or pickup drivers?

Who's smarter? Car drivers or pickup drivers?

I sat there eating snacks and watching the Super Bowl when Chevrolet's marketing department insulted my intelligence. Sticking to every country music cliché imagineable, they touted the greatness of having a big, manly truck in starkly lit scenes of pure machismo. The tag line at the end of the commercial played over and over during the breaks: "Come on. You know you want a truck."
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10 non-lame ways to get to know your spouse

10 non-lame ways to get to know your spouse

There's a little ritual that occurs in our house each evening. My husband walks in the door, and I ask him how his day was. He asks me how the kids are, and then we stand in silence. Neither of us learns much about the other's day from these micro-conversations, but it also doesn't feel appropriate to ask each other for a play-by-play of our routines.
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Consumption of sugar, red meat is up worldwide

Consumption of sugar, red meat is up worldwide

Americans are not alone in craving salty, sweet and all-around unhealthy foods, according to a new study on global health trends.
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15 signs that you're addicted to your Fitbit

15 signs that you're addicted to your Fitbit

Look around the room these days and you'll spot someone with a plastic bracelet tracking their steps, miles, etc. No, this isn't some kind of punishment or parole tracker. Most likely they opened a Fitbit on Christmas morning, Hanukkah or New Year's.
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The freshman 15: 15 things to know about the lives of first-year college students

The freshman 15: 15 things to know about the lives of first-year college students

The transition from high school to college is challenging, but perhaps not in the ways young adults and their parents anticipate. Parents may worry about their children socializing too much, staying out too late and neglecting their studies.
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3 reasons why drinking too much water is bad for you

3 reasons why drinking too much water is bad for you

Most people have heard you should drink eight glasses of water a day. In fact, hydration is a basic component to healthy living. However multiple studies have found the contrary suggesting your body can’t handle excessive amounts of water.
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6 ways to deal with a wife who needs to vent

6 ways to deal with a wife who needs to vent

When women need to vent — and some do it often — there are some very specific guidelines all men should follow if they don't want their heads bitten off in the process.
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This Oscar speech can change your life

This Oscar speech can change your life

Last Sunday night, among the glamor that defines the Oscars, J.K. Simmons gave this gem of an acceptance speech:
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Saving Eliza: Family captures moments — including daddy-daughter dance — as disease, time march on

Saving Eliza: Family captures moments — including daddy-daughter dance — as disease, time march on

The Glenn and Cara O'Neill family of Columbia, South Carolina, has raised enough money to launch a clinical trial in hopes of saving 5-year-old Eliza from a disease that will otherwise rewind her development and ultimately kill her.
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Mom's education makes a difference in how child fares in school

Mom's education makes a difference in how child fares in school

A new study by researchers at New York University found that educated mothers help their children succeed at school not just by expanding their academic knowledge, but by modeling behaviors and making social connections that lead to educational success.
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'Too much of a good thing': When empathy is overwhelming

'Too much of a good thing': When empathy is overwhelming

A long-held truth among psychologists that stress and sadness are contagious has been confirmed in a recent study from the Pew Research Center. The study brought research into the digital age, where people often read about friends' stressors on Facebook or Twitter, finding that struggles experienced by one person can be felt by others.
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Why being too nice is a problem

Why being too nice is a problem

Question:
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Why it seems like moms get nothing done all day

Why it seems like moms get nothing done all day



The fact of the matter is, moms DO get stuff done, it also gets undone just as fast, if not faster.
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You'll love this 'I'm a Daddy and I Know It' parody for so many reasons

You'll love this 'I'm a Daddy and I Know It' parody for so many reasons



Parenting parodies are super fun and relatable. This father of five is winning at parenting and parodies.
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5 tips for good parenting

5 tips for good parenting

For most people, growing up in a household brings back fond memories of at least one parent, if not both, in a relationship which affects the rest of a child’s life. Whether a single parent or married, parents can create feeling of stability.
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