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Are Men Today Really Irresponsible, Overgrown Adolescents?

If you were to scan the news headlines over the past few months, the primary message you would glean about men in America would be this: They are failing. Failing to become adults; failing to be financially independent; failing as fathers; failing as husbands. It’s enough to make a girl like myself throw her hands up in the air and vow to be single for the rest of her life. Yet, the more I read, the more I start to wonder: whose standards are we going by here? And what if all these statistics about men in their 20’s and 30’s living lives of self-indulgent abandon, delaying marriage, and being neglectful fathers aren’t nearly as black and white as they seem? What if there’s more going on beneath the surface, and what about all the men who don’t fall into those categories? The ones who are involved fathers, devoted husbands, and successful career men. Isn’t it high time we gave them a little bit of press?

Ten Tips to Bonding With Your Kid During Deployment
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Ten Tips to Bonding With Your Kid During Deployment

When you are in the military, you know you are going to be deployed someday. When you are actually called to military duty and scheduled to be deployed away from your family, a range of emotions are unleashed throughout your family unit: sadness, pride, loneliness, fear, anger, confusion and stress. You manage the feelings by both acknowledging the negative and also preparing emotionally and practically for the separation in a pro-active way.

The Joy of Watering & Feeding Kids
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The Joy of Watering & Feeding Kids

One of the best feelings in the world is when a child’s eyes light up in recognition and they run at you, throwing their little arms around you for a big hug and cuddle. I remember promising myself when I was about ten years old and dealing with my father’s death that I would never lose that innocence, and wonder and joy for life.

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Dating Rules For Single Parents

Single parents have it rough trying to balance their personal lives with the demands and responsibility that come with being a parent. Dating can be especially challenging, as there are certain boundaries that should not be crossed because the overall well-being of the child has to come first.

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Is Smoking Marijuana Good For Moms?

It seems like everything that we moms do is subject to intense scrutiny and judged by the "good-mom-eter." If we dare stray from the straight and narrow we are automatically cast aside as evil women who are neglectful at best, abusive for sure and likely to end up having to pay for years of therapy.

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Why Wearing Hello Kitty Socks Will Help My Son Meet Girls

Gender is a funny concept. In our society, we are typically taught as we're growing up that boys act one way and girls another. Boys like trucks and wear blue and all little girls want to be mommies one day. A lot of us don't bother to question it; we just go along with what we're told. But what about the people who decide to raise their children with no preconceived gender whatsoever? Maybe we don't all want to go along with the boys wearing blue and girls are all mommies ideas, but how do we react when someone abandons all gender roles altogether?

10 Tips To Re-Bond With Your Child/Children
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10 Tips To Re-Bond With Your Child/Children

Every parent knows whether or not they are close to their son and/or daughter. In this modern emotional world, an increasing common term to define this bonding or connectedness is “attunement.” Attunement means that you are attempting to respond to your child’s emotional needs, resulting in the child’s sense of being understood and valued. The capability to attune differs on the personality and temperament of children and how easy or difficult it is for us to relate to them, given our own individual personality traits and Every parent knows whethe

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Study: Fathers Today Are More Involved, But Many Are Absent

Through the years, fathers have become more and more involved in their children's lives. According to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, and released just in time for Father's Day, dads are taking more active roles. In 1965, men spent just 2.6 hours a week with their kids. By 2000, that number rose drastically to 6.5 hours. (They must be coaching a lot of Little League and telling plenty of bedtime stories!)

Raising Healthy Kids Is Not Just A Mom-Job
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Raising Healthy Kids Is Not Just A Mom-Job

If you are a new dad, guess what? Research shows there is one thing you can do to bond with your new baby and make your marriage stronger? Change his diaper. Yep. Becoming a new father can be a daunting task, but there are ten things to keep in mind that will help you, your new baby, and your marriage...

Embracing Change
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Embracing Change

A personal experience with a young son reminds us to embrace growth and change. My husband and I took our son for his first official haircut when he was 15 months old. The trauma of the event was not significant, but the energy exchange during the event was decidedly intense. My son went from sitting on my lap and enjoying the process while my husband entertained him to the opposite end of the spectrum, screaming and struggling to be let down. As you can imagine, it was an emotional roller coaster for all three of us.

When to Have 'The Talk' With Your Children
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When to Have 'The Talk' With Your Children

Margery Fridstein, MA, LPC, offers tips on effectively talking to your kids about sex By Margery Fridstein, psychotherapist/ genConnect.com Parents need to talk to their kids about sex. And they need to do it at a much earlier age than their parents talked to them. I find that kids – some as young as 7 – who come to my office have no hesitancy in talking about sexual topics that they have picked up from their parents, their older siblings or the media.

Divorce's Dirty Secret
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Divorce's Dirty Secret

What's the Best Kept Secret of Divorce? As a therapist with over fifteen years experience, I hear a lot about divorce, particularly divorces where children are involved. While most of what I hear relates to the trauma and pain of divorcing, I have noticed a surprising sentiment among many divorces: people secretly like their time off from parenting. A newly divorced client in her forties puts it this way:

The Women Who Stay And Those Who Leave After Marital Cheating
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The Women Who Stay And Those Who Leave After Marital Cheating

What do you do when your very public husband is caught cheating? It’s in the news, the Internet, the radio and every source you hear or see right now. Powerful men acting like “Pigs” as Nancy Gibbs so eloquently wrote in her recent article in Time (no offense to the four- legged ones). When I read or see these reports my mind asks many questions. Who are these women cheating with these men, and what is wrong with them? But more curious to me is how a woman decides whether to leave or stay?