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Dr. Phil on Mondays with Marlo

Psychologist and hit talk show host Dr. Phil stopped by to chat with Marlo Thomas about relationships, bullying, parenting, and more!
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Psychologist and hit talk show host Dr. Phil stopped by to chat with me about relationships, bullying, parenting, and more!

A Happy Childhood May Sabotage a Romantic Happily Ever After, Study Says

Unhappy childhood? That could mean good things in the romance department later in life. Credit: Getty "Perhaps I had a wicked childhood. Perhaps I had a miserable youth. But somewhere in my wicked, miserable past, there must have been ...Happy children become confident adults -- confident enough to dump you.

Greater Than or Less Than? Dating as a Single Mother

When you're dating as a single mother, it's about the kids, too. Illustration by Dori Hartley
I'm not dating anyone right now. More often than not in my life, there's been someone. And I'm grateful for that. I don't buy the...
If there's one thing I've learned from my relationships, it's that ignoring my intuition is a slippery slope.

Are You a Mompetitor?

There's something about motherhood that brings out the competitor in us. Maybe it's all the advice we get, flung at us from every corner. Maybe it's because we're just so darn proud of the fact that we made a person -- from scratch. Maybe it's...There's something about motherhood that brings out the competitor in us.

Opinion: Parenting in Public is Perilous Business

They're watching you ... Illustration by Christopher Healy
There's nothing quite like spending 16 days straight with six family members and an additional guest to throw your parenting skills into stark relief. Turns out, I'm a yeller short on ...

Should I Choose a Name My Husband Hates?

I have loved the name Sloan since I heard it about three years ago and immediately knew that's what I would name my daughter. My husband has never liked the name. We have disagreed on it since. He has recently told me that if it is that important t...

Is He Name-Flirting?

My formal name is Christine. My friends all call me Chris. I like the name Christine, but I'm use to being called Chris. I have a male interest at work who insists on calling me Christine. Is he trying to be formal or is he flirting? - Chris ...

Happiest Couples Share the Paid and Unpaid Work

Does sharing the dish-washing and the money-earning lead to a happier family? Credit: alaskaval, Flickr
A new study finds that couples who share the responsibility for paid and unpaid work report being happier than couples who divide the work...

Are You Jealous of Your Nanny?

We want our kids to love their babysitters, so why are we so jealous when they do? Photo courtesy of sxc.hu.
When moms seek nannies or full-time babysitters, they look for someone who is part Mary Poppins, part MacGyver and part Mother Theresa. ...

I Think I Gave My Baby the Wrong Name!

I think I gave my baby the wrong name! My dh and I liked the name Madison so much that we settled early on in pregnancy. Now our baby is here and I'm having serious second thoughts. They are taking over my time and energy and I can't shake this feeli...

Chris Brown Opts Out Of Kids' Choice Awards

Chris Brown, who allegedly beat his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, has decided to withdraw his name from the list of nominees for Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Here is what Brown's rep told TMZ on Wednesday: "Chris very much appreciates the supp...

Dad's Favorite Name Doesn't Thrill Mom

My husband and I are expecting our 3rd child, and he wants to use his great-grandmother's name, Cora. When he first suggested it, I liked it, but now I'm having doubts. We've discussed other names, but I don't feel strongly about any of them, and...

Moms Get "Mad at Dad" Once a Week, Survey Finds

"I don't need a husband," a single friend often complains. "What I need is a wife." If men are from Mars and women from Venus, the difference is never more noticeable than when there are young children in the house. In fact, an astonishing 46% ...

Kinda Sutra - What's Your Version of "The Talk?"

When it comes to sex ed, we're using the honest-but-age-appropriate method of answering our kids' questions. The idea is that our kids will have had several versions of "the talk" by the time they reach puberty, with the hope that they'll be armed wi...

Kids Don't Appreciate Their Parents Until Age 22

Teens think they know everything -- it's a common complaint. But if you're looking for a little appreciation for all of your hard work and parental wisdom, you're in for a long wait. A British market research survey recently found that children don't...

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