Marriage is the ultimate "partnership." It is the only relationship you voluntarily enter that is supposed to be forever. You are supposed to die in order to end your marriage … "til death do you part." But some marriage couples aren't fully ready to go "all in." At least when it comes to money. Nonetheless, studies have shown that separate bank accounts are bad for your marriage. The studies done and discussed in this Slate.com article show that it's a bad thing to have separate bank accounts. I personally think it's less about the money, and more about the relationship. Separating bank accounts shows an unwillingness to go all in. If you can't go all in to your marriage, then what can you go all in to? And why not? When comparing to a parental relationship, you don't give your kids a lot of money because you're concerned that they will not use it correctly. Could this be a reason for separate bank accounts? Or are there other reasons. Click through for 7 reasons separate bankRead More »from 7 Reasons Why Separate Bank Accounts Are Bad for Your Marriage
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 1:10 PM EST
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 1:08 PM EST
The holiday season is upon us and I am single yet again. 35. No husband. No boyfriend. Not even a potential suitor on the horizon. I didn't think I'd had to answer to "you don't have a boyfriend?' over another piece of turkey. And the stares. My family members will glance at me with pity, particularly those couples who are so happy and in love. Poor Sujeiry, they'll whisper. We really thought the last boyfriend would stick. Bah humbug! So, what is a single gal to do? Accept it - unless you're one of a growing number of women in China renting a boyfriend to please their parents during the holiday season. Yes, you read that right! If I could summon a boyfriend ala Debrah Messing's character (Kat Ellis ) in The Wedding Date, I would. But I can't afford a male escort that looks as fine and is as convincing as Dermot Mulroney. With my luck I'd get a 70-year-old escort with liver spots. A girl can dream, however. I can imagine a perfect holiday boyfriend, even if I cannot summon him. ClickRead More »from Would You Rent a Boyfriend for the Holidays?! 7 Things to Consider
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 1:01 PM EST
One of the worst things that can happen in a relationship is to have your significant other cheat on you. It is a game changer, a marriage ender, and a complete betrayal. When an affair comes to light, the person who has been cheated on may be raked with self-doubt from "Am I not pretty enough?" to "Am I not good enough?" - and these self-doubts are particularly shocking when they come from celebrities. Celebrities who are known for their gorgeous looks from Halle Berry to Jennifer Aniston to those who are incredibly talented from Emma Thompson to Uma Thurman have experienced this. And really, who would EVER cheat on America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock? These celebrities seem to have it all; fame, fortune, and fabulous lives. But even with all their advantages, they too can fall victim to a broken heart. But you know what? They may have been betrayed and had their personal lives be fodder for tabloids around the world, but they are survivors. They move on, remarry, and find trueRead More »from Hollywood Affairs: 7 Celebrities Who Have Been Cheated on and Survived
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 12:48 PM ESTStudy: Starting Baby on Solids Later May Reduce AllergiesI read an article over at philly.com saying that a new study was published yesterday in the online journal Pediatrics about breastfeeding, solids, and allergies. The results showed that infants who started solids after 17 weeks of age had a significantly lower risk of developing allergies.
The study compared the feeding habits of 41 babies diagnosed with food allergies by their 2nd birthday with the eating habits of 82 infants of the same age who had no known allergies. The babies who had food allergies were started on solid foods earlier (before 17 weeks) and were less likely to be breastfeeding at the time cows milk protein was introduced. Philly.com reports that the researchers theorized that, since we already know breast milk contains immunological factors, breast milk can actually educate the body about solid foods if they are present in the baby simultaneously.
While the link between breastfeeding and foodRead More »from Study Says Starting Baby on Solids Later May Reduce Allergies
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 12:42 PM EST
Last weekend, I left my kids home with their dad for girls' weekend in Las Vegas with my former boss (relax you guys, she's 70). We had a total blast. We gambled, shopped, ate very, very well, and even took in a female impersonator show. By all accounts we did Vegas right.
When I scheduled the trip a month ago, I didn't ask for my husband's permission to go, nor did I spend the days leading up to the trip preparing things like meals, schedules to follow, or instructions of what to do in the event of disaster. I just packed my suitcase, kissed my family, and headed out without guilt, sadness, or fear. I knew my boys would do more than simply "survive" for a weekend in my absence - they'd have a blast!
And why wouldn't they? I knew it would be good for my family to have a boys' weekend of fun without the ever-present demands and limitations of proper, mom-induced parenting law.
So while I was Instagraming my VegasRead More »from My Husband is Not "Such a Great Dad" for Taking Care of His Kids
As you may have seen in the media over the past few weeks, a fitness blogger recently posted a picture of her well-toned self and her three kids with a caption that reads, "What's Your Excuse?" She claimed that her intention was to say that if she can do it with her three kids, everyone else can do it too. Because that's how it works, right? Whatever you think of her post or whether you believe that her intentions were genuine, my general feeling is that role models do not typically announce themselves as role models. Instead, they simply lead by example. Then again, she did land herself on a gazillion interviews because of that post, so maybe it's just me. The other day I was talking to a friend of mine about that whole controversy. She has two daughters, and our conversation moved onto how few female role models there are in pop culture for girls to look up to right now. When it comes to fitness, at least there are a few great role models for us moms. They are mothers withRead More »from 7 Fabulous Fitness Role Models for Moms
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:31 AM ESTNorth Carolina State Football Players Perform a Small Act of Kindness with Big ImplicationsSure, my exterior is often like a hard candy shell, but my insides are even melt-ier than a Hershey bar parked on a radiator when it comes to certain topics. Sick kids, for one. Bullied kids are another one. Add kids who are embarrassed at the needless whim of adults to the list. Lonely kids shatter my heart to bits, too. I grew up with lots of friends, but some of the relationships weren't without their drama at times. I got dumped by a friend in sixth grade and the memory of the pain, confusion, isolation and humiliation is something I've never quite shaken.
I've long felt that I want my daughters to grow up to be nerds. The pressure to be - and stay - popular is no way to have a happy childhood. High school hero, real life zero, right? Right, but. Middle school, high school and college are significant chunks of a young person's life, and it can feel like a prison sentence if they don't have some true friends or at least some good, solid acquaintances by their side. Or even justRead More »from Two North Carolina State Football Players Perform a Small Act of Kindness with Big Implications
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:22 AM ESTBoston MarathonSo I'm not sure if this one popped up on your radar but it got under my skin and I figured I'd share it with you.
You know that little Boston bombing thing that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and maimed countless others and completely jacked with the hearts and minds of America?
Yeah. Bill Maher thinks we should just get over it already.
According to masslive.com
Maher spoke out on his HBO show Real Time. One of his guests happened to be none other than New York politician Anthony Weiner. You may remember that after winning the world Series at Fenway park for the first time since 1918. That's 95 years, folks. And yet that may not even be the lasting memory of the series. During the championship parade the Red Sox players paid homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon by placing the trophy at the finish line.
What a lovely gesture, right? A way to take back the marathon and show theRead More »from “Your City was Not Leveled by Godzilla” – Bill Maher Makes Light of Boston Bombing Tragedy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:08 AM EST
I've noticed a recent movement to be careful of not offending the childless. And I get it. People who choose not to have children are often treated like their decision is somehow abnormal.
It's not. It's no more abnormal than the decision to have kids. In fact, now that I have two kids with a third on the way I'm starting to wonder that choosing to be childless is definitely the more sane option.
So those people choosing to be childless are a little on edge and maybe feeling a little defensive because they're sick of crazy Aunt Mabel asking when they're going to have babies already. But listen, everyone needs to calm down. As Babble blogger Carolyn Castiglia writes, it's almost like we're all looking so hard to find reasons to be offended these days. Outrage overload, she calls it. "…We have to be careful not to be swallowed up by the noise of social media, and eaten alive by the negativity and outrage."
That's right. Make a small comment about how hard parenting is and howRead More »from Saying “You Have No Idea” to the Childless is NOT Smug — so Stop Being Offended
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 10:49 AM EST
Sofia Petrova is a pretty typical 17-year-old, by all accounts. She's got a boyfriend, she shares poetic feelings on Facebook, and she's experimented a little bit with alcohol. What sets Petrova apart is the fact that she has been suffering for two years while exiled to Siberia - yes, Siberia, the northernmost part of Russia that's covered in ice and snow - as a punishment doled out by her mother and step-father.
Petrova was born in Russia but moved to the US with her mother when she was 2 years old. Petrova's mother, Natalia Roberts, arrived in Washington, DC, and met an Iraqi man named Farid. Petrova told The Siberian Times in a recent interview, "I thought he was my dad." Petrova's mother broke up with Farid when Petrova was 12 and they never saw him again. Natalia Roberts married her current husband, immigration lawyer James Roberts, when Petrova was 14. Natalia and James sent Petrova to Siberia a week after her 15th birthday.Read More »from Mom Punishes Teenage Daughter by Exiling Her to Siberia