Parenting Advice: The Well-Oiled Family Machine
Could your family routine use a tune-up? Photo: .curt., Flickr
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The Well-Oiled Family Machine

Gears, buttons, switches and energy... you may be surprised that your family structure contains all of these moving parts! Check out this parenting advice and learn how to keep things running smoothly.

10 Ways To Increase Intimacy With Daylight Savings
With the time change approaching, spend more of it with each other.
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This Weekend, 'Fall Back' & Fall Back In Love

With Daylight Savings around the corner, start thinking about how you can use the extra hour of darkness in the evenings to your advantage. Why not reconnect to your partner and increase intimacy as you hunker down for the winter?

Defining "Quality Time" In Your Relationship
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Defining "Quality Time" In Your Relationship

What’s more romantic and cozy than snuggling up on the couch with your honey and watching a show or a good movie together? You may think in the dating stage of your relationship, this is heavenly, but a few years into marriage may think, "Can't we do something else?'

3 Perfect Valentines Day Gifts For Him & Her
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3 Perfect Valentines Day Gifts For Him & Her

When you think about Valentine’s Day what is the first feeling that comes to mind? If you’re like me or my husband, then our initial feelings tends to be one part apathy mixed with a lot of excitement. We want to celebrate our relationship, but we also do not want to fall prey to over-commercialization. We’ve celebrated enough Valentine’s together (ten and counting!) that chocolate and roses seem thoughtless, instead of thoughtful. This got me thinking about what three presents are perfect for both him and her.

Why Normal Could Ruin Your Sex Life
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Why Normal Could Ruin Your Sex Life

There's a new book out about love, sex, and relationships called The Normal Bar. It's likely to be a best seller because most of us tend to be curious about how we are doing in the bedroom. We wonder if we are normal. Do other people feel like they don't have time for sex?  Do other women get easily distracted during sex?  Do other people feel like they have to beg their partner for sex?"

Can I Borrow Your Finger for a Minute?
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Can I Borrow Your Finger for a Minute?

Here’s a news flash:  stress can make you sick.   Maybe you haven’t gotten the message that stress can have a permanent effect on chronic illness.  Clouds your thinking, screws up your judgment.  Gives you the weepies and the angries.  Can take away your will to vacuum the house or cook a meal.  The effects of stress on the mood and memory components of your brain can get screwed up or even shut down.

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The activity that 84 percent of couples say improves their relationship? Road trips!
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Want To Improve Your Relationship? Survey Reveals A Surprising Rx

Taking a road trip with your significant other? Chances are good the time together will improve your relationship. In fact, 91 percent of couples have taken road trips together, and 84 percent agree the experience has strengthened their relationship, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 people released by YourTango collaborating with Ford Motor Company.

7 Ways To Parent Better That You Can Start Now
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7 Ways To Parent Better That You Can Start Now

7 Ways To Parent Better Teamwork What responsibilities do you and your spouse take on as parents? It’s important to find your style of parenting with teamwork. How do you help each other? Do you have to ask or is it just expected? It’s important to communicate with one another what your strengths are as parents because it will be easier to divide up tasks.

Make A Date For The Couch
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Make A Date For The Couch

Today’s couple building assignment is to snuggle on the couch for an evening and talk, without turning the TV on. This positive interaction will especially fill the love tank of anyone who has “Quality Time” as a primary Love Language. When children enter the picture, it’s very easy for the couple relationship to morph into a sort of business partnership.

It's Family Day: Are You Eating Dinner With Yours Tonight?
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It's Family Day: Are You Eating Dinner With Yours Tonight?

How often are you sitting down with your family to eat dinner during the week? You know, Crooklyn style with all the rowdy kids gathered together, husband and even the dog set around the table chatting, eating, bonding (or arguing). Well, if you don't do it often, today, September 26, is Family Day — A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children.

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How To Find More Time For Your Relationships

We all work hard on our careers, helping our friends and family, and doing all those necessary chores. Women, particularly, are very generous with giving of themselves to others, sometimes to the detriment of their own needs and desires. But we're all guilty of getting caught in routines that don't leave enough time or energy for the ones we love. We recently asked the YourTango Experts how we can find space in our busy lives for more quality time seeking love or spending time with our current relationships. Here's what they had to say:

A man and woman watch TV.
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Why He Doesn't Want To Cook With You: Gender & Quality Time

According to the 22,000 people who took the Power of Attraction survey, men and women have pretty similar view on how to reignite attraction in a relationship. Both genders say talking about the relationship and going on a date are the top methods or rekindling the spark. But as we continued to analyze the results, we found that there were some significant differences in what guys and gals thought would turn up the heat. “I can’t imagine ever being like that with you,” John said. He meant it... for the first few months. The new couple went to concerts, museums and took long walks around the city. But less than a year into the relationship, a familiar pattern emerged. “Our relationship had become the dreaded ‘dinner and sex,’” says Amy. “Well, no. Dinner and watching a mind-numbing amount of TV and sex.” And fighting about how they “never did anything anymore.” So what happened? Was John growing boring, because he was already bored?

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How We Keep Our Family Together As Working Parents

I'm lucky. I'll say that right off the bat. I have a job that recognizes that I have a life outside of work. That is a rare and magical gift. I don't know what I would do without that. I know a lot of women aren't so lucky. They have to support their families financially, care for them emotionally and protect their physical well-being, all while maintaining jobs that make it hard for them to be the kind of parents they want to be. It makes a tough situation tougher.