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Should We Live Together Before We Get Married? [EXPERT]
First comes love, then comes ... moving in?
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Should We Live Together Before We Get Married?

Madison is an engaged, 21-year-old with three semesters left in college. She currently has a dilemma because her parents think she should wait to get married until she graduates from college, and they also disapprove of couples living together before marriage. She and her fiancé will be completing their final year of college at the same school, and when they are finally in the same city, she doesn't want two sets of temporary living arrangements.

Beating Infertility: We Will Become Parents, No Matter What
"Our babymaking difficulties almost drove us apart."
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Beating Infertility: We Will Become Parents, No Matter What

After one-and-a-half years of fruitless (and awkward) babymaking sex, we had decided it was time to move forward with Plan B and seek out fertility testing. It was a big step. After all, not so long ago, we had been on the brink of separation, in part because of our frustrated efforts at procreation.

10 Parenting Secrets To Empower Kids: #4 Set The Example
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10 Parenting Secrets To Empower Kids: #4 Set The Example

How many times have you seen one of your own “less than favorable” behaviors exhibited by one or more of your kids? It could be something as small as using poor table manners or as significant as lashing out in anger when things don’t go their way. Either way, it is vital for you to understand that children learn how to react from the people in their environment. They mimic the behaviors of their role models. Simply stated, kids emulate adults behaviors until they become anchored and become their own.

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Keeping your family together during a divorce can be hard...but certainly not impossible!
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8 Ways To Help Your Children Through Divorce

With divorce rates in America topping over 50%, the sad truth is that many parents will be faced with telling their children they are getting divorced. Divorce can have negative effects on children, but based on how it is handled, divorce can also have the potential of making family situations better. Kids are smart. Because the relationship has likely already shown signs of trouble, the news may not come as a complete shock to them. Some kids may even feel a confusing sense of relief. How and when to tell children is an important factor, however. Here are some guidelines to help.

Am I Doomed To Get Divorced Like My Parents?
Am I Doomed To Get Divorced Like My Parents?
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Am I Doomed To Get Divorced Like My Parents?

Your parents divorced when you were just a kid. You remember the arguing, then the moving out and eventually going to two separate places to celebrate the holidays. It's a tough thing for any son or daughter, young or old, to go through. Now, you're worried that your parents' problems will crop up in your own relationship and everything will end the same way. How do you avoid this?

My Boyfriend's Parents Had A Bad Marriage; Are We Next?
My Boyfriend's Parents Had A Bad Marriage; Are We Next?
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My Boyfriend's Parents Had A Bad Marriage; Are We Next?

As we grow up, there are many things about our parents that we hope we can inherit: maybe it's your dad's sense of humor and your mother's legs. On the other hand, there are also aspects of them that we hope to leave in their generation (that quick temper? No need to pass that down, thanks). 5 Things To Notice When Meeting His Parents That's why it's worrisome when you witness your parents' bad habits when it comes their relationship. It makes you wonder, "Is that going to be in ten years when I'm married to someone?"

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Want a little Einstein around the house?
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15 Tips For Raising Smarter Children

Want a little Einstein around the house? The role of genetics in intelligence—i.e., the extent to which our smarts are inherited—has long been an academic war zone. What can raise your child's chances? There's no single best recipe, but studies prove that keeping TV out of the nursery, shelling out for music lessons, breastfeeding, having a big library, and withholding cookies are just a few ways to boost your child's chances of success.

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Getting drunk: The perfect recipe for a disastrous Thanksgiving dinner with his parents.
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10 Things Not To Do At Thanksgiving Dinner With His Parents

Whether you've been dating for weeks or years, the first holiday meal you spend at his family's house is unnerving. Hopefully, you've met his family before this big day, though maybe you haven't. Regardless, the premiere Thanksgiving at his parents' house is an entirely new adventure — who knows what you're walking into?

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How to host your boyfriend/fiance/husband at your parents' house without awkwardness.
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10 Rules For Sex At Your Parents' House During Thanksgiving

Ahh, Thanksgiving. A time of turkey, travel, tryptophan, and repeated viewings of "A Christmas Story" surrounded by family. If you're coupled up in a relationship, you boo is probably in the picture, too, and perhaps-awkwardly negotiating an overnight bedroom situation.

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Your relationships with your parents have a huge impact on your love life.
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Did You Know That Divorced Parents Can Ruin Your Love Life?

When I was a sophomore in college, I started seeing a counselor re: my daddy issues. Up until that first appointment, I had been making it a point to only get involved with guys who made it easy for me to control the situation — so that they wouldn't up and leave me the way my dad left my mom and I when they got divorced. I thought, "If my own father can hurt me, you will, too."

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For kids, dealing with divorce is easier than having unmarried, cohabitating parents.
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Get Hitched For The Kids: Why Cohabitation Isn't Enough

The popular view is often not the truth, and cohabitation is one of those times. Living together prior to marriage is still one of the best predictors for divorce and if you have a child in that union prior to marriage you set them up for an unstable life. The latest research has found that for children, going through a divorce is more stable than being raised by a cohabitating couple. Many couples find someone with whom they can relate or have sex, and before you know what is happening they decide they will live together. They tell me or anyone listening that they want to make sure they are compatible.

What Got U Here, Won't Get U There!
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What Got U Here, Won't Get U There!

Family is where the Heart and Soul thrive.  What language are you speaking to those you love?  Are they listening?  What support do you need?  What's in the way?  What 1 step you can take right now?  What's in the way of taking it?  Let's talk about LOVE!

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Anniversary Of 9/11 Offers Opportunity To Teach Kids About Death

As parents, we must engage in many unpleasant and difficult situations. It's the tough talks that our children remember. Explaining death is one of those topics. Our kids are exposed to death each day. Listen to the new, or watch cartoons in the morning and you will find yourself astonished by all the violence and references to death. Our children have become somewhat desensitized by death until it happens to a pet, a family member or a national crisis such as what happened ten years ago on September 11.