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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...
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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
Favorite restaurant? Check. Waiter knows your name? Check. You order "the regular"? Check. Suddenly, it hits you: Your date night is getting a little tired. (Probably because you are too!) If...
The stork brings babies. But where do these unexpected marriage problems come from? Sometime after your bundle of joy's arrival, you might notice there are wrinkles in the dynamic duo you established...
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...
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...
Before you got married, a lot of family and friends probably passed along marriage advice. Everyone seems to have an opinion, good intentions or not. But what they don't tell you is how marriage changes...
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...
When you're marrying the love of your life, you sure want to know the secret to "happily ever after." But figuring out which pieces of marriage advice will get you there and which ones to...
Whether you and your spouse are just starting off on your journey as a married couple or have been married and raising kids as a couple for years, you're bound to need some inspiration from time to time....
Who says your date night ideas have to be the same old thing? Sure, it's exciting to try the hot new spot on a Saturday night with everyone else, but after a while dinner dates become rather ho-hum....
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...
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...
What’s a good date night when you have kids?  A bottle of wine and Netflix.  No one needing you for at least 2 hours -- straight. Being asleep by 9:30 p.m.It all sounds pretty great, especially...
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,...
The sitter just arrived, and you're out the door and in the car, heading to your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant. You and your spouse have looked forward to date night all week and can't wait...
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,...
Sitting at home with your partner watching the Sox lose again just isn’t the same as a real date night. Cancel your Regina pizza order and head into the city. From dancing to cooking, drinking and...
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...
Parenting is hectic and sometimes date night can seem like Canada across the lake – it definitely exists but you just can’t seem to get there. But it’s easier than you think. For just...
For busy parents, going on a date may just be ordering take out and snuggling on the couch. But something special happens when you walk out the front door instead you laugh a little harder, smile a little...
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...
You’ve got a sitter lined up. Now you need a new date idea to put some Houston heat back into your relationship. Skip your normal routine and hit the city with these original and fun nights out. Get...
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...
Hey Dad, when was the last time you planned a night out for the special mama in your life? That long, huh? Fear not. If you're not sure where to start, here are the tricks, tools and tips on how to...
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...
What should you do for a date night in San Francisco? A night of Netflix together can be tempting after a long day but a quick ride on the BART will bring you to local date nights you’d never imagine....
You know that moment. The one that comes six weeks after you've had a baby: Your partner looks at you with raised eyebrows and gives you a head nod to the bedroom. It's the look that got you in...
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,...
Parenting can sometimes feel like a lonely journey, so it's nice to have couple friends with kids to help keep you company (and sane) along the way. But between kids and work, it's easy to put...
Tips for Single Parents
Single parenting can be challenging and at times, overwhelming. In addition to dealing with your own emotions, you need to stay focused on what's best for your child. You may be solo parenting by choice...
The old jingle claims there are plenty of fish in the sea, but if you're a single mom, even dipping a toe in the dating pool can feel equally exciting and nerve wracking. Whether you have one child...
It took a couple decades, but the law and cultural mores have caught on to what loving, single people have always known -- you don't have to be married to be a great parent. If you thought single parent...
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. ...
Single parents know that keeping it all together is harder some days than others. Even after a really tough day or two, you should still look at the overall picture and give yourself a pat on the back....
Are you a single mom ready to find that special someone? Whether or not you were recently in a relationship, dating with kids isn't exactly simple. "Time is the biggest obstacle," says Honoree...
The job of being a single parent undoubtedly comes with many challenges, but never more so than when trying to juggle work, finances and childcare. Although there are no easy answers or quick fixes, there...
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