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Economic crisis means more babies

It is hard to find anything good to say about the economic crisis that has gripped not just the United States, but much of the world. People are losing their retirement savings, their jobs, their homes, their sense of security. Many of us have...

Have you hugged your partner today? It might improve your relationship

New relationships are exciting and overflowing with romance. But as the years pass, couples are less likely to spend time on nurturing this side of their relationship. Throw in a couple of busy kids, pets, and two full time jobs, and well ... who has...

Do money smarts make for a better marriage?

There's that age-old saying that you should marry for love, not for money. I am not sure whether there is any truth to that, but I can say one thing about the subject. Based on my experience, whether you have a lot or a little of it, money does play...

Married couples - Are you sleeping alone?

Are you snoring, tossing and turning, or stealing the covers all night long? If so, you might be about to lose a bed partner. According to CNN, married couples with separate bedrooms are becoming more common all the time. A recent survey found that...

Grandparent's Day is tomorrow

Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of Grandparent's Day, a somewhat unknown holiday that always falls on the Sunday after Labor Day. According to the day's official website, Grandparent's Day was started by a woman named Marian McQuade, now 91, who...

The economics of love

Actor, comedian and some-time eyedrop commercial maker Ben Stein, who once offered America the chance to win his money, has written a funny and telling article over at the New York Times. Most of us know by now the man who is most famous for asking...

Jenny's son teaches Jim how to love

Can a child teach an adult how to love? Well, I'd wager there is a lot we can learn from our children. I think Jim Carrey would agree. In a recent interview Jim claims that Jenny McCarthy's son, Evan, taught him how to love. Jim says the...

Describing the beauty of parenthood

My friend Lisa* was over at my house the other night. We sat on bar stools at the kitchen counter after I put Nolan to bed and sipped white wine, talked about passions, soul food and matters of the heart. "I don't know if I ever really want kids,"she...

Love is a many splendored thing

What? What does that mean, exactly? Regardless, it's kind of hoaky. But love is kind of hoaky, and in the best possible way. love is so very many different things. And there seem to be so many kinds of love out there it's hard to explain just what...

8 things you didn't know about being a mom

I read this article on CNN with some interest. I've been a mom for over 25 years now and I am still learning things. But for new moms, the learning curve is huge and while you may get more advice than you ever wanted, nothing can fully prepare you...

Image of the Day: Kisses all around

This group is full of enough love to keep the rest of us going. A round of kisses starting from dad, going to sister and ending up with baby is just about the best thing I can think of. Thank you to Redw(h)ineandboo for sharing this precious moment...

How we say "I love you"

As Ellie runs out the back door to play on the monkey bars, I remind her to be careful. I say this whenever she embarks on any activity that has a remote chance of turning injurious. This time, she stops midway through the sliding glass door and...

Image of the Day: A kissable moment

Are these two telling secrets or sharing a kiss? Maybe a bit of both, I like to think. I love the way one child has closed eyes and the other appears to have something to say about the situation. Thank you to KinkiMcG for sharing this sweet moment...

Dating class offered at South Dakota college

In a month or so, you'll be sending your son or daughter off to college, where they'll hanging out with a host of new people -- some just friends, others...more than that. But, in spite of what's undoubtedly been a valiant effort up to this point in...

Image of the Day: Got you wrapped around my neck

This little girl certainly seems to hold the world in the palm of her hand as she giggles into her daddy's neck. She knows that she has him just where she wants him and he wouldn't trade that place for anything in the world; he has his pearl in his...

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