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Blinging the Tree, Girl Style

Illustration by Dori Hartley "We don't have to add more bling to the tree," says my mother. "Uh, yes, we do," I say. "God gave the...Once, before the divorce, there was a papa bear here, decorating with us. Now, decorating the tree is a girls-only activity.

What, We're Poor?

Illustration by Dori Hartley "Are you poor?" One of my daughter's schoolmates recently asked her this question. Still thwacking ab...I believe poverty is the last great American taboo. It sure isn't the sort of thing one tweets about to friends, or "Likes" on Facebook. We use euphemisms consistently: A little strapped. Need to tighten our belts. Here in the U.S., our culture is still churning out lyrics from the classic American dream: You can be a success if you just want it badly enough! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! Go back to school! Take any job! Get on TV! Write a children's book!

Kidless at the Holidays: A Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

From left, Alivia, Jenna, Marla and Jessica Miller. Courtesy of Marla Miller It is Christmas morning and the kids are bundling up to he...Welcome to the world of divorced parenting at the holidays. It's confusing and lonely and even Santa gets tripped up trying to figure out where to deliver the presents.

'Thanks for the Stroke, Ma!' Study Says Divorce May Turn Kids Into Time Bombs

Getting a divorce might boost your child's stroke risk. Credit: Getty Images
Years from now, after all the therapy bills have been paid, after you...
If you're divorced, your kid might be able to blame having a stroke on you, too.

Did TMZ Go Too Far In the Mel Gibson Custody Battle?

Do we really have a right to know the details of Mel Gibson's custody battle? Credit: Angela Weiss, Getty Images
Mel Gibson and his former girlfri...

Is Marriage Obsolete?

How about we just live together? Credit: Getty Images
A recent poll found that 4 in 10 of the people surveyed feel that marriage is obsolete. T...
A recent poll found that 4 in 10 of the people surveyed feel that marriage is obsolete.

Four in 10 Say Marriage Becoming Obsolete

Marriage no longer dominates family life. Credit: Getty Images
WASHINGTON (AP) - Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgi...
Nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren't needed to have a family.

How to Predict If You'll Get Divorced

Charlie Sheen has filed for divorce from his third wife, Brooke Mueller, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were married in May...There is one particularly toxic way to argue that can spell an early end to a marriage: One person deals with the conflict constructively, while the other withdraws.

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