A body language expert breaks down photos of celebrities to show who's the boss and the nature of their relationships. First off the bat, this expert takes a single paparazzi photo of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Exact science? Maybe.
According to the ongoing research at the University of Iowa, newlyweds experienced a significant drop in marital satisfaction in the first year of parenthood, says the Times Online. In fact, the decline is far more severe in couples with a new baby than in newlyweds without children.
I realized something recently. I’ve been single for long enough now that I’ve become pleasantly accustomed to the carefree lifestyle. At my new job, I’m required to carry a BlackBerry, which is very strange for me. I’m not used to being on any type of leash; I even leave my personal cell at home sometimes because I don’t have a boyfriend that I need to constantly stay in contact with. Isn't that what boyfriends and girlfriends do? Call and text each other with updates on their day and their mood and what they're going to have for lunch?
Last week, a friend of mine told me her husband left her and their new baby. No warning. No precursor. No raging fights or discussions of working things out. He told her he was “unhappy,” then he left. This news smashed a gaping hole in the picture of marriage I had formed in my head. I know no relationship is perfect, but still—when I meet a married couple that recently had a baby, the furthest thought in my mind is that one day, he or she will up and leave. It’s shocking to know that someone can even do that, can bring themselves to be that irresponsible, that selfish. I thought they were happy and stable. I thought they would live the rest of their lives together with their beautiful child. Obviously my friend did, too.
Once upon a time women stayed home and raised families instead of heading out into the workforce. For those enterprising housewives who were looking to turn their free time into extra spending cash there were a host of options. Whether you chose to peddle Mary Kay door-to-door or invite friends over for Tupperware parties, you could always take advantage of your hostess skills to make some extra dough. Flash forward to 2008. Money is tight these days, even in two-income homes. Everyone is looking for part-time work to help make ends meet, and there are some delicious new options for a 21st century gal.
The day is here. America's little girl is all grownup. Jenna Bush is set to wed Henry Hager at the Bush family ranch on Saturday. The Hager and Bush families are ready to take on another generation of politics. As a bonus, a preview of the President's congratulatory speech.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 23% of which admit to sleeping in separate beds and 20% of all couples claim they have less sex and/or have lost interest in sex because they were too sleepy. The tension between Zoe and me was also common. "The resentments build up, then you explode," explained Dr. Rosalind Cartwright, Ph.D., director of the Rush University Sleep Center in Chicago, who further noted a high divorce rate among people with sleep problems. Then came the matter of my potential diagnosis.
According to a recent survey of moms, the most desirable Mother's Day gift is a card. A chore-free day of rest is a close second. Jewelry falls somewhere well below the two. With women tackling more household duties than their male counterparts, it's no wonder a mother's best gift is of rest and relaxation. Reuters reports that stay-at-home moms work an average 94 hour work week while moms who work outside the home clock in an extra 55 hours of "mom duty."