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Jewish Girl Seeks "Goyfriend" for Christmas
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Jewish Girl Seeks "Goyfriend" for Christmas

Up until I was six years old, my family celebrated Christmas. In 1984, we moved to a new town in a new state and joined a synagogue. As December rolled around, there was no tree, just a menorah in the kitchen and a pile of Hanukkah presents in the corner of the living room. In high school, I began dating a Catholic boy—and like a holiday miracle, Christmas returned! I was a jolly, happy soul once more... until we broke up and I had to find a new Christian boyfriend to spend the holidays with. On the occasions that I did not have a boyfriend during "the season," I was the sad orphan Jew.

5 Tips For Surviving His Family
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5 Tips For Surviving His Family

A lifetime of holidays, birthdays, and other assorted gatherings with his brood may send shivers down your spine. Whether his mother is constantly smacking you with backhanded compliments or his dad can't find one decent thing to say throughout dinner, we've got you covered. We've grabbed five real-life scenarios and taken them to the experts to help make the holidays with his family a little brighter.

How To Ease Mother-In-Law Conflict
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How To Ease Mother-In-Law Conflict

Ah the mother-in-law. She loves her son and wants what's best for him, which may or may not include you. A study by a British psychologist found that 60% of women felt tension with their mothers-in-law, compared with 15% of men. But not all MIL relationships are strained. This week's New York Times Modern Love essayist tells of her incredible relationship with her lover's mother. Then there are the famous MIL relationships: Barack Obama's mother-in-law may be moving into the White House, and Heidi Montag's mom thinks marrying Spencer Pratt was a bad idea. Read the full article to find out how to ease conflict with a mother-in-law.

Evan Rachel Wood Reconciles
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Evan Rachel Wood Reconciles

Actress Evan Rachel Wood decided to look up her dad after a long absence. You may remember that she recently split with rocker Marilyn Manson, possibly over some other family stuff. So, she and her dad are back on terms and all it took was for her to breakup with a kooky shock rocker who never starred as Paul Pfieffer in The Wonder Years. Sounds good to us. Uh, she also plays an estranged daughter who reconciles with her absentee father in the film The Wrestler, for what it's worth.

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A Hurricane Taught Me To Love His Family

I come from a household of introverts and nerds. We're quiet. We don't laugh loudly, and we never, ever bellow. My husband's family put bugs in each other's beers and eats off of each other's plates. They shout and laugh and wrestle indoors. When Hurricane Charley struck central Florida in 2004, I learned how to love his boisterous clan.

McCain's Sis-in-Law Supports Obama
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McCain's Sis-in-Law Supports Obama

In many families, brothers from different mothers (or fathers) never give a second thought to the "half" nature of their relationship. Not so with Cindy McCain and half-sister Kathleen Hensley Portalski. The pair, daughters of Jim Hensley, founder of the beer company that Cindy oversees, sit on opposite sides of the political fence. In an interview with US Weekly, Portalski voiced her support for Barack Obama, saying that she and her half-sister share different political viewpoints. Portalski, whose mother was Hensley's first wife, described Cindy as "standoffish" to the weekly. She also said the potential First Lady had never made efforts to reconcile a relationship, though there was no mention of what the original beef between the two had been.

Good Cop, Bad Cop: How To Merge Parenting Styles
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Good Cop, Bad Cop: How To Merge Parenting Styles

When it comes to parenting, couples often take two different approaches. He prefers to let them learn from the school of hard knocks, you like to protect and nurture them. Which way is the right way? How do you parent with two different parenting styles? One writer learns that the best thing about having two parents is that you and your children learn that there is no one right way. Sometimes it's OK to stand underneath them as they climb the monkey bars. Other times its OK to let them climb to the very top of the tree. Kids and parents both learn from multiple perspectives.

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Have you given him your key? [VIDEO]

When is it the best time to give someone your house key? This question is about trust and communication. And YourTango finds out some interesting things as we take it to the streets and find out when people are comfortable with handing our their house key.

Relationship Red Flags
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Relationship Red Flags [VIDEO]

Everyone has flaws they can't put up with in a partner. What are the red flags that women know will sink a relationship? YourTango takes it to the street to find out what deal breakers women have.

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Marriage: Should I Take His Last Name?

Traditionally, a woman takes a man’s name after marriage. Is this practice outdated? Should a woman take her husband's last name? What about him taking her name? How many syllables are appropriate for a hyphenation? In this episode of On the Couch, host Catie Lazarus hits the streets to debate this name game. While some say it’s a good way to boost a man’s ego, others question the importance of adopting a new last name.

Twins Marry, Make More Twins
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Twins Marry, Make More Twins

The Telegraph recently reported on an interesting family: A set of identical twin women met and married a set of identical twin men. Then one of the couples produced a set of twin boys. We'd draw a diagram if we had the Web capability. One of the twin couples (Note: We could easily use each of their names from this point forward, but is there really any point? It'll just be confusing.) met in 1998 at Twin Day, the annual Twin festival. (The other twins sure got lucky: Their siblings totally hooked them up. Or they're just lazy.)

Equally Shared Parenting
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Equally Shared Parenting

Call it a Mr. Mom backlash. For couples eschewing stereotypical division of household duties, sharing responsibility isn't about role reversal; it's about role sharing and thinking like teammates or co-pilots instead of gender-bending pioneers. The New York Times Magazine's cover story this coming Sunday (already available online) profiles several families where designated "mom" and "dad" duties don't exist, at least not as society generally defines them.

How My Parents Fell For My Husband
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How My Parents Fell For My Husband

The husband and the in-laws—they can be a combustible combination. Introducing your boyfriend to your parents and family is difficult no matter what, especially if you're Jewish and he's not and your parents don't want you marrying a goy. But interfaith marriage doesn't have to be all bad, as Amy Sohn learned. In this excerpt from her book Altared, Amy shares her personal account of finding the one and then trying to sell him to her parents.

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Bonnie Fuller Gives Advice on Work/Family Balance

Forget having either a family or a career says publishing powerhouse Bonnie Fuller. Have both. Keep in mind that you may have to cut corners here and there. But it's all possible. Just be honest about expectations and don't let all the details drive you crazy.