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What the American family can learn from the NFL bankruptcy crisis

What the American family can learn from the NFL bankruptcy crisis

Apparently, no amount of touchdowns can protect a National Football League player from filing for bankruptcy soon after retirement.
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Looking for some extra cash? 3 payoffs for finding a side hustle

Looking for some extra cash? 3 payoffs for finding a side hustle

A side hustle is part-time work. The term seems to be pretty popular with personal finance bloggers, and I can see the appeal. It defines itself very well: you do it on the side, and it requires a little more hustle. Think about a coach telling his team to hustle. They can do more, and he knows it. Well, I know that you can do more, so here are my top 3 reasons for you to have a side hustle.
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This couple just rapped to the 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' — and announced they're having a baby

This couple just rapped to the 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' — and announced they're having a baby

In a popular online video, a married couple from Happy Valley, Oregon, announced they were having a child by rapping their own lyrics to the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song.
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Does your man have a wandering eye? Here are 9 reasons why

Does your man have a wandering eye? Here are 9 reasons why

Every year, there are thousands of men all over the world who cheat on their wives, girlfriends and fiancées. Thousands of dollars are spent on divorces and countless therapy sessions. People caught in the hurt of betrayal often ask the question, why? I have found that when a man cheats, there are often several things that lead to it.
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When a pinch is more than an inch: How to tell your wife she's fat

When a pinch is more than an inch: How to tell your wife she's fat

"Do I look fat?"
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3 mental exercises to slow down time

3 mental exercises to slow down time

It seems that our whole society is obsessed with slowing down the aging process. The problem is that time itself seems to speed up as the years pass.
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Newspaper gives glimpse into ancestor's actions — but it's only a piece of the puzzle

Newspaper gives glimpse into ancestor's actions — but it's only a piece of the puzzle

I loved two things as a child: writing stories and looking in the mirror.
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Drug blocks Alzheimer’s in mice, study says

Drug blocks Alzheimer’s in mice, study says

DURHAM, North Carolina — Blocking an immune cell in the brain could prevent memory loss related to Alzheimer’s, according to a study published Wednesday.
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5 phrases to eliminate from your parenting vocabulary

5 phrases to eliminate from your parenting vocabulary

We regularly teach our children how to respond in certain social situations. We train them to hold the door for strangers, to smile politely when eye contact is made, and we expect them to reach for the words “thank you” (albeit after we step in with the back pocket prompt: “what do you say?”). Our hope is those responses will eventually become habit — second nature. But what about our own sayings and habits? Sometimes we parents give a “parrot” response without even realizing it. Here are five common parenting phrases that you may want to consider cutting from your day-to-day ... Read More
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Laughing together can help you make new friends, study shows

Laughing together can help you make new friends, study shows

Sharing a laugh may help people get to know each other better, according to a new study published in the journal Human Nature.
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Have you secretly judged other moms before you became a mom?

Have you secretly judged other moms before you became a mom?



Before becoming a mom, did you secretly judge other moms for their parenting skills or perceived lack of parenting? Did you start sentences like, "When I'm a mom, my kids will never..."
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10 cities with the most amount of children

10 cities with the most amount of children

It’s 2015 — do you know where your children are?
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Protecting our family in the age of the Internet

Protecting our family in the age of the Internet

The world poses some scary scenarios these days, and many of them are seen on the Internet and through other media sources. We live in a world of instant knowledge and awareness — some good, some bad.
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Saying goodbye to a mommy era

Saying goodbye to a mommy era

I found myself in an unusual position last week while my 4-year-old daughter did her first solo ballet class and I sat alone in the waiting area. As I looked around at the other mothers with their younger children, I couldn’t help but wonder: How did I get here? When did I become this mother?
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8 silent ways your hubby is screaming 'I love you!'

8 silent ways your hubby is screaming 'I love you!'

Husbands get a bad rap for their inability to express themselves, especially when it comes to saying those three simple words: “I love you.” Your husband may tell you he loves you as he’s leaving for work or before he says good night, but sudden, spur-of-the-moment expressions of his most inner romantic feelings are not something a man shares on a regular basis. Believe it or not, sharing delicate emotions just isn’t a common characteristic of the average male.
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9 prayers to God that will make your marriage blossom

9 prayers to God that will make your marriage blossom

Marriage can be a wonderful thing, especially when a husband and wife take their vows seriously and truly learn to love honor and cherish one another. But even in the best of marriages, there will be times when couples won’t always agree.
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Personality as plain to others as the (altered) nose on your face

Personality as plain to others as the (altered) nose on your face

Going under the knife for a younger-looking face does more than alter a person's own body image, according to a new study published this week in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. It also changes how an individual's personality is perceived by others.
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6 words that will fix our catty culture

6 words that will fix our catty culture

I felt her glaring at me as I turned away and walked down the aisle. The tapping of her stiletto echoed after me as I wrestled a toddler on my hip, a baby on my shoulder and a shopping cart with any leftover limbs I could muster. The encounter had begun civilly, but as our conversation had moved from creamy vs. crunchy peanut butter to stay-at-home vs. working moms, anger rose and emotions exploded. I had thrown myself right into the middle of a war that had been around for years.
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7 vital rules moms returning to the workplace need to know

7 vital rules moms returning to the workplace need to know

From a very young age, if I've been anything, I've been domestic. There is no doubt that this is my calling in life. It's what makes me happy.
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Why women are more stressed than men

Why women are more stressed than men

Women are 11 percent more stressed and 16 percent more anxious than men, according to a recent study from Lantern, a company that uses clinical research to create web programs.
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How to make your baby fall asleep in less than 60 seconds

How to make your baby fall asleep in less than 60 seconds

There’s more than one way to help your baby fall asleep. But one Australian father may have found one of the most unique techniques — swiping the baby’s head with a light piece of tissue paper.
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Use these 4 tricks to really communicate with your kids

Use these 4 tricks to really communicate with your kids

Communication is vital to any relationship: working relationships, romantic relationships, friendships, and family relationships. When it comes to communicating with your children, there are additional challenges thrown into the mix.
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Springtime weather might make it easier for you to fall in love

Springtime weather might make it easier for you to fall in love

In the springtime, as temperatures rise and flower buds peek out of the soil to greet the sun, the body begins making adjustments of its own.
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The mistake every parent makes, no matter how old the child

The mistake every parent makes, no matter how old the child

Babies cry. We all know this. Our family pediatrician says "crying equals breathing," so when I hear crying, I consider it good news. What I didn’t fully realize before having my own children, however, is that some kids cry more than others. There are many theories as to why, but when you’re a tired parent, theories are less useful than remedies for putting a stop to that “good news” coming from the other room.
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Retelling your life story in a positive way may be good for your mental health

Retelling your life story in a positive way may be good for your mental health

People looking to boost their mental health should be strategic about the way they retell important life events, according to recent research on the way life stories impact well-being.
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Digital technology helps insurers simplify health care system

Digital technology helps insurers simplify health care system

A popular new commercial that shows a couple video-conferencing with a doctor after ill-timed dance moves sent them crashing into their dining room table illustrates a rising trend among health insurers: the use of innovative technologies to simplify the health care system.
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How to protect your family from the 'silent killer'

How to protect your family from the 'silent killer'

Carbon monoxide might be termed the silent killer, but it certainly isn’t a silent problem.
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Schooled by autism: 5 lessons from my special-needs sons

Schooled by autism: 5 lessons from my special-needs sons

Raising children with special needs has taught me a lot of things, particularly about cleanable surfaces and the importance of having a large supply of chocolate on hand.
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What the IRS can teach your family about money

What the IRS can teach your family about money

The Internal Revenue Service is not the most popular government agency, especially this time of year. Yet there are a number of things you can learn from the IRS that can improve your financial situation. Here are five of them:
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Minority of taxpayers pay majority of taxes

Minority of taxpayers pay majority of taxes

Tax day is Wednesday, but who has the most legitimate gripe about paying income taxes? In other words, who pays the most?
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Maryland couple investigated again after 'free-range' kids allowed to play unsupervised

Maryland couple investigated again after 'free-range' kids allowed to play unsupervised

The Maryland couple who made national headlines for letting their children walk home unaccompanied from a park are in potential trouble with Child Protective Services again after the kids were picked up Sunday by police one-third of a mile from home.
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The problems grandparents face when parenthood starts all over again

The problems grandparents face when parenthood starts all over again

When Cynthia Kersey agreed last year to provide a home for her granddaughters, now 3 and 4, she had to figure out how to pay the financial cost of her love for them: Her health insurance would jump $300 a month unless she could qualify them for Medicaid, and day care for two while she worked as a paralegal could cost as much as $900 a month.
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How to pick the right person to train your kids to be independent

How to pick the right person to train your kids to be independent

Training our kids and teaching them the things they need to be able to do in order to be independent can be a wonderful experience. It can also be challenging.
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3 things you can learn from your toddler to increase your energy

3 things you can learn from your toddler to increase your energy

The endless energy of a toddler is mind blowing. How many times have you heard (or said), “If I could bottle that energy…”
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5 essential steps for pitch perfect music lessons

5 essential steps for pitch perfect music lessons

It's an essential rite of passage in many families — the first music lesson. Studying music comes with a host of benefits for your kid, from improved fine motor skills to a longer attention span, to increased verbal and spatial skills. However, for parents who don't come from a musical background, helping a child achieve success is a daunting task. Before you take your child to her first lesson, here are five essential steps to prepare for the big day.
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Obesity in middle age reduces dementia risk, study finds

Obesity in middle age reduces dementia risk, study finds

Being overweight or obese in middle age reduces the risk of dementia in old age, according to a UK study published this month in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
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For those with autoimmune disorders, pills and radiation aren't the only answer

For those with autoimmune disorders, pills and radiation aren't the only answer

The symptoms started for Amy Myers during her second year of medical school. Initially, doctors dismissed the panic attacks, unexplained weight loss, and extreme muscular weakness. They said it was stress, that’s all.
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Too much housework? Maybe you could use a little help from your children

Too much housework? Maybe you could use a little help from your children

Research suggests parents who figure that soon the baby will be old enough to help out around the house may be in for a surprise. Thanks to schoolwork and extracurricular activities, children remain generally unhelpful, creating more work for mom and dad.
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When is it a good idea to go into debt?

When is it a good idea to go into debt?

Got debt? Most people do. In response, certain financial advisors will tell you debt is evil, imprisoning and always the wrong choice. Most of those advisors, even the famous ones, have had a bad history with debt that ended in bankruptcy. After they tell you to avoid debt, they will hypocritically advise you to invest in a diversified set of stocks and bonds. I say hypocritically because stocks and bonds are forms of debt. If they weren't, they wouldn't be a good investment. So don't let anyone tell you debt, or money, is inherently evil. Debt is ... Read More
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10 things you should never say to singles. Ever.

10 things you should never say to singles. Ever.

Need a quick etiquette crash course in what you should or should not say to your "relationship-challenged" single friends? For the awkward situations that come up at dinner parties and dreaded family gatherings (anytime those who are in relationships are thrust into the company of those who are not), avoid these well-meant comments that are not always well-received.
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Pregnancy may make you age slower

Pregnancy may make you age slower

A new study from the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem found that pregnancy may make women age slower. The study said women undergo a rejuvenating process during pregnancy, which slows down aging, The Telegraph reported.
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10 interesting facts about weddings that could help you plan your own

10 interesting facts about weddings that could help you plan your own

The Knot, an online resource for weddings, released its 2014 survey last month, which reported that American weddings continue to cost more and offer a new experience for guests, according to a press release.
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4 ways for kids to master a task

4 ways for kids to master a task

We all want our children to grow up and be independent adults. Yet, figuring out how to get them there can be challenging.
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Too much housework? Maybe you could use a little help from your children

Too much housework? Maybe you could use a little help from your children

Research suggests parents who figure that soon the baby will be old enough to help out around the house may be in for a surprise. Thanks to schoolwork and extracurricular activities, children remain generally unhelpful, creating more work for mom and dad.
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Treat your honey as if you'd never met and other ways to make love flourish

Treat your honey as if you'd never met and other ways to make love flourish

Research says folks are kinder to strangers than to the spouses they claim to adore. So perhaps the secret to a loving relationship is to treat your spouse a bit more like a stranger, author Elizabeth Dunn told The Washington Post.
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To the mom who had a C-section

To the mom who had a C-section

Nearly 14 years ago, when I entered the hospital for the first time to have our oldest son, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about giving birth. I'd read the predominant book of the day on pregnancy. I'd combed over hundreds of articles. I had the wise counsel of my mother and sisters. I was ready to face whatever came my way.
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Is having children an irrational choice?

Is having children an irrational choice?

Pope Francis made headlines in February, as he often does, but this time for comments he made concerning childbearing.
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4 things you're bound to forget on the worst day of your life

4 things you're bound to forget on the worst day of your life

It was one of those days. I wanted to curl up in a ball, throw the covers over my head and press rewind. Throughout the day, I pinched myself, trying to wake up from my horrific nightmare. It seemed absolutely nothing was going my way, and I was just two steps away from falling to pieces on the kitchen floor. I remember looking at the clock and counting down the hours until bedtime, the hours until I could attempt to sleep away the horrors of the day.
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The ugly word that's controlling your future

The ugly word that's controlling your future

You don't like the word, the concept or the practice. But if you don't use it? Let's just say the hole you're digging yourself will be painful to emerge from — and that's putting it lightly.
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5 huge things that change after baby

5 huge things that change after baby

It's the warning to all first-time parents: life will change after you have your baby. Ubiquitous advice, but people fail to tell you what, exactly, changes. Pregnant with our first, I expected to get less sleep after delivery, but other than that, I was out of the loop. Even though having children is the oldest process in human history, the transition to parenthood doesn't come naturally. It's all about finding your new normal, and that starts by preparing yourself for these five huge changes.
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