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How to save hundreds on your family’s cell phone bill

How to save hundreds on your family’s cell phone bill

        Over the last two decades, cell phones have gone from an expensive (and bulky!) luxury to an absolute necessity - the latter definition, of course, coming from your kids. But the way society is moving, it's becoming more and more difficult to deny that fact. Parents want their kids to have a way to call home in case of an emergency. Kids want to be able to be in contact with their friends.

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7 relationship problems you should stop arguing about

7 relationship problems you should stop arguing about

        As a marriage counselor, I see all sorts of couples in my office. They come to me with problems ranging from infidelity to not putting the cap back on the toothpaste. When they decide to go to marriage counseling, most couples have decided that their problems are so big that they need to get it sorted out - or else. However, there are a lot of problems couples have that aren't really problems at all. They're small enough that it's not really worth the argument.

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The best and worst states for working parents: How does yours stack up?

The best and worst states for working parents: How does yours stack up?

        The United States falls behind other countries in terms of federal protection and support for working parents. Individual states can implement policies to make it easier to be both a parent and an employee, but a report from the National Partnership for Women and Families shows that states don't rank too high, either.

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5 scientifically proven ways to be happier

5 scientifically proven ways to be happier

        Pharrell William's song, "Happy", has topped the music charts and kept people dancing all summer long. But do those who "clap along" really know what makes them happy?

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Bed sharing is No.1 cause of sudden infant death syndrome

Bed sharing is No.1 cause of sudden infant death syndrome

         If you have ever wanted to soothe your baby by letting the infant sleep in bed with you, you may want to reconsider. A new study says that bed sharing is the No. 1 cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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How women and men communicate differently

How women and men communicate differently

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10 ways to bring peace into your life

10 ways to bring peace into your life

        You're preoccupied with work, school, children and other responsibilities that you tend to forget what it means to enjoy your inner peace. Bringing peace into your life is easy. Some people make it difficult because they choose to overlook it or even live in anger. They complain, criticize and detest everything around them. Obviously, not everything goes as planned but instead of living in chaos and distress, stop what you are doing for a moment and think of the positive things in your life. Peace comes with positivity.

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School shopping on a budget

School shopping on a budget

Summer is here and all attention is usually focused on finding a summer kid's camp or going on a summer vacation together. While both of these are great things, especially for our sanity, we should also start to focus on school starting in the next couple of months. Many people wait until the last minute to purchase school items. When you have to purchase many things at once, it affects the family budget, especially for the single mom or dad on a strict budget. Here are some tips to help you start now and save.

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Older and wiser ... and prettier too?

Older and wiser ... and prettier too?

        Mirror, mirror on the wall, who thinks they're the fairest of them all? The answer may surprise you.

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Prince Charming fallacy hurting your marriage

Prince Charming fallacy hurting your marriage

        Everyone knows the story of Snow White. She gets kicked out of the castle by her wicked stepmother, goes to live with seven dwarves where her stepmother eventually finds her and poisons her, then she gets rescued by the handsome Prince Charming by the magic of true love's kiss.

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Dream Boards: how they can enhance our lives

Dream Boards: how they can enhance our lives

        Athletes, motivational speakers, artists, and others in successful careers know the value of visualizing success. The Olympian's training is not only physical, but mental. In advance of the race, he visualizes lining up at the start; he hears the gun and sees himself running, then crossing the finish line first. By doing these mental exercises, he affirms his ability to win even before suiting up.

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Coping with a difficult co-worker

Coping with a difficult co-worker

      Question: There is a manager I have to deal with in my office who is driving me crazy. She creates problems out of thin air and blames them on me. She sometimes attacks me with ridiculous accusations. I'm apparently the only one with a target on my back, so no one can validate what I'm experiencing. I really don't know what to do. I can't leave this job and I can't have a rational conversation with her because she denies it all. Any advice?

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Smartphones may free Mom and Dad to do more parenting, not less

Smartphones may free Mom and Dad to do more parenting, not less

Parents who are busy with their smartphones speak more harshly to their kids, one study says. Another notes that a baby's development may be harmed by a parent's excessive texting. But that may not be the whole story.

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3 simple steps for building financial independence

3 simple steps for building financial independence

        Every July 4, people celebrate our nation's independence by going camping, watching a fireworks display or grilling some burgers. Sounds like fun! Less fun, however, is living a life shackled to your debt. If you're interested in achieving financial independence, here are some tips to get you started.

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Combating workplace bullying: how your communication skills can help

Combating workplace bullying: how your communication skills can help

        Based on the responses I received to last week's column, it's clear that bullying is a real problem in our nation's offices.

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7 ways to be more productive

7 ways to be more productive

        Being productive is efficiently reaching a goal. Reaching a goal is rewarding personally and socially, but many of us get distracted throughout the day or we learn to procrastinate responsibilities. Here are some tips to help with completing your tasks, reaching your goals and feeling the benefits of being productive.

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Why sex is important in marriage

Why sex is important in marriage

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Press to continue: How video game tech is changing cancer treatment

Press to continue: How video game tech is changing cancer treatment

At an age when most kids start school and learn to ride bikes, Nico Poux was fighting for his life. Diagnosed with leukemia at age 6, Poux has battled cancer the bulk of his life.

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