Relationship Advice

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Advice for keeping your relationship strong, building friendships, resolving arguments, planning date nights and being a single parent.
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As a social worker, Julia Pryce thought she would be immune to the stresses that a new baby brings to a relationship. "I've read all the books and know what we need to do to prevent problems from occurring...
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Date night? What's that? Can't remember the last time you had a "real" honest-to-goodness date night? You're not alone. Life moves at a frenzied pace, and so often we get caught up in our routine that...
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Lori Hick Mercer, a working mom of four, thought she was telling her neighbor how blessed she felt to have a flexible job that allowed her to get home by 4 p.m. most days and work from home on Fridays,...
Your Relationship with Your Partner
If you had to flip back through months in your calendar (or even drag out last year's calendar!) to remember the last time you and your partner went out together without the kids, it's been way too long....
The kids are whining, the dog is barking and someone just spilled milk on the rug. Sounds romantic, doesn't it? Scenes like this are playing out in homes all over the country, starring harried, over-worked...
Remember when you and your partner used to go on date nights? It used to seem so easy. What happened? "It seems like when my wife and I were dating, we had no problem coming up with date ideas, but now,...
When you imagine a perfect Saturday night, does it involve dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, streaming the latest Pixar movie on demand and tucking the kids into bed without any tears?If so, it might be...
After a long day of meeting work deadlines and driving your kid to dance class, the last thing on your mind is brainstorming romantic date ideas for you and your partner. Maintaining and growing a...
As a social worker, Julia Pryce thought she would be immune to the stresses that a new baby brings to a relationship. "I've read all the books and know what we need to do to prevent problems from occurring...
Your kids are safe at home with the sitter -- now, it's time for your date night! You know that once you leave the house with your partner, you need to make every child-free minute count. This...
At the end of a long day, the last thing on your mind is leaving the house again to go on a date with your partner. However, spending quality time with your significant other doesn't necessarily mean going...
You're lying in bed with your hubby next to you. You wonder if he'll make a move. You hope he doesn't because you're soooo tired and you want to go to sleep. But you also kind of wish he would just so...
At the end of a long week, lounging on the couch sounds a lot better than dinner and a movie. After coming up with date night ideas, making reservations, hiring a babysitter and getting yourself ready,...
Nothing prepares you for the experience of parenthood, from the deep, incomparable love you feel for your child to the equally deep, bone-sucking fatigue. When your to-do list includes projects and deadlines,...
Date night? What's that? Can't remember the last time you had a "real" honest-to-goodness date night? You're not alone. Life moves at a frenzied pace, and so often we get caught up in our routine that...
As I've gotten older the finely etched memories of my childhood have become like frayed pieces of paper -- I  can still recall them -- but they're no longer as crisp and coherent as they once...
One afternoon while Nicole Kay of Westfield, N.J. was tidying up her home, her 3-year-old son shrieked. Panicked, Kay ran into her bedroom to find Alex holding her vibrator (which happened to have a smiley...
The kids are in bed, the dinner mess is cleaned and you settle down on the couch for some quality time with your spouse -- that is, until you're both asleep by 9 p.m. Sound familiar? Between the hustle...
Feeling guilty about having "you time" away from your kids is perfectly natural. Heading to work, going to the gym or simply finding a quiet moment each week means leaving your child in the care...
Remember your last date night? No? It's normal for your relationship to change after you become parents. Those little ones might keep you busy (and tired!) all the time, but you're never to busy...
It's a tough moment when Mommy and Daddy get caught in... compromising positions. Lyss Stern, parenting expert and founder of DivaLysscious Moms, has been there and done that, and lived to tell the...
My husband and I recently ran an errand together, without the kids, to a local craft store to stock up on some school supplies. Driving with the windows down and the music up, we were both more relaxed...
You and your partner are always on the run -- working, caring for the kids, cleaning -- so free time is limited and valuable. Date night is often the first thing jettisoned when you're crunched for...
Your Relationship with Your Family and Friends
Lori Hick Mercer, a working mom of four, thought she was telling her neighbor how blessed she felt to have a flexible job that allowed her to get home by 4 p.m. most days and work from home on Fridays,...
Candace Williams says nothing can prepare you for when your doctor turns to you and says 'you have cancer.' Yet, that's precisely what happened to her in March, 2011. The 36 year-old esthetician,...
Having a baby is one of the most joyous times in a person’s life, but it can also be very stressful. A new mom often experiences a rollercoaster of emotions, and needs friends and family to help...
For those who don't spend all day, every day with their kids, the job of a stay-at-home mother can be mysterious. Jacquelin, from Mesa, Ariz., says even her husband doesn't understand why it's...
Nothing is worse than hearing that someone you love has cancer. It's even harder when it's your parent. As children, we typically see our parents as strong and invincible. When they get sick,...
Tips for Single Parents
Dating is hard enough when you're single -- but what about when you're a single parent? No doubt having a little one in tow can raise the stakes, but it can also raise a lot of tough questions....
Who is the unsung hero who said parenthood is the toughest job you'll ever love? Truer words were never spoken, but ask any single parent and they'll tell you about the innumerable challenges...
Even the most cherished kids can create challenges for parents who face a never-ending juggling act in caring and providing for their family. If those kids are being raised in a single-parent household,...
What do Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, and Kate Hudson have in common, besides being goddesses of the silver screen?  They're all single moms, choosing to have children without a hubby by their side. ...
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