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  • When Mother's Day is Stressful

    By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, PhD

    Is Mother's Day stressful for you?Is Mother's Day stressful for you?

    Dear Dr. G.,

    I know that parents usually write to you about their problems with their teenagers. Well, I'd like to turn this problem upside down and from the perspective of a 17-year-old teen daughter. That's me. Mother's Day is approaching and this is not an easy time for me.

    You see since my parents got divorced last year, they fight all the time and they ask me questions about each other. My mother drives me crazy.

    She asks me questions about my father's girlfriend and then if I say anything nice about the girlfriend, my mother gets all bummed out looking. I just can't win.

    Well, my father is even worse. He calls my mom a blood-sucker and says that she's making him broke. Now, what am I supposed to do about that? I am not their lawyer. I am their kid, not their buddy.

    Related: Were Your Parents there for You?

    Now, that Mother's Day is close, I have to say that I don't feel like I can celebrate it like everyone else. All of the

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  • When Mother's Day is Confusing

    By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, PhD

    Is Mother's Day confusing for you?...Is Mother's Day confusing for you?...

    Happy Mother's Day to the BEST mother in the world! Mom, you made me the person that I am today. Mother you have given me everything and I can never repay you. These sentiments are echoed repeatedly in card after card year after year.

    Now, let me suggest a different Mother's Day scenario. Perhaps your relationship with your mom has been less than stellar and you just can't find the right card.

    You can't bring yourself to purchase one of the many beautiful and standard cards because the sentiment in the card does not accurately reflect the nature of your relationship with your mother.

    Related: When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Imperfect

    However, what if you saw one of the following five cards?

    1. Mom, you ignored me for years but I hope the day is happy anyway.

    2. Happy Mother's Day to a mom who favored my older sister.

    3. Let's celebrate today mom. Let's face it we never spend time together on any other day.

    4. Happy Mother's Day mom.

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  • 8 Great Winter Dates

    By Kelly Rouba, GalTime.com

    Kiss her already! Kiss her already! Date ideas that will melt your heart

    As the weather gets colder and the nights get longer, it's tempting to just stay inside and cuddle up with your partner under a warm blanket while watching a good movie. And while alone time is always nice (and necessary), don't let the winter weather stop you from getting out with your special someone and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

    "[Women] should make time for winter dates because it gives their partner a chance to show off his or her romantic side, more so than just walking down the beach on a summer day or having a picnic in the park during the spring. Winter dates scream romance!" says Tierra Fields of New Jersey.

    As far as romantic winter dates go, Fields says nothing beats a good old -fashioned carriage ride. Some towns also offer festive trolley rides during the holidays, which is a nice way to see the sights while enjoying each other's company.

    Dating expert and founder of the

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  • Hottest Christmas Tree Decorating Trends

    by The Budget Decorator Kathy Woodard for GalTime.com

    Christmas Tree Trends Christmas Tree Trends

    When decorating your home for the holidays this year, why not try one of the hot Christmas tree decorating themes gracing designer's homes?

    It's easier than you might think!

    Allow me to share the hottest holiday decorating trends as well as how to create your very own designer Christmas tree with these simple and inexpensive tips!

    Peacock Tree

    If you've ducked your head into any local Christmas shops, chances are you have spotted one of the hottest Christmas tree trends, the Peacock Tree. The Peacock Tree is inspired by the drama and color of the beautiful peacock, serving as a great tree for both traditional and more contemporary households. This theme uses the bright colors of the peacock including turquoise, lime green and purple. Remember: this tree is all about drama, so don't spare the color!
    • White lights are the best choice for showing off the colors and grandeur of this fanciful tree. Money saver tip: This
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  • Khloe Kardashian's Makeup Must-Have

    By Kerri Winick, GalTime Beauty Editor

    Khloe Kardashian and GalTime's editor Kerri Winick Khloe Kardashian and GalTime's editor Kerri Winick Three things you might be surprised to know about Khloe Kardashian:

    1. Mascara is her makeup must-have. She can't live without it!

    2. She always applies mascara herself. Even when a makeup artist is on hand. This girl knows how she likes her lashes.

    3. While sisters Kim and Kourtney are all about eyelash strips, Khloe just finds them downright irritating.

    RELATED Khloe Kardashian Talks Lamar's Rap Ambitions

    How'd I get the inside scoop on this Kardashian's beauty faves? Last Friday, I was lucky enough to meet the X-Factor host herself at an event for Khroma Beauty, the cosmetics line that she launched with Kim and Kourtney.

    Khloe was refreshingly down to earth, and exactly as she is on TV: a fab, funny girl who isn't afraid to say what's on her mind. And if you think she and her sisters simply lent their famous names to the collection, think again! The girls were involved in everything: the colors, the packaging, even

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  • "The Best Gift He's Ever Given Me"

    By Kelly Rouba, GalTime.com

    'Tis the season for giving and some men sure know how to spoil their ladies! GalTime asked readers to share what they felt was the best gift a man ever gave them. Some of the responses from these lucky ladies might blow you away and some may even move you to tears.

    If you think your guy could use a little inspiration from these gents, you just might want to print this article out and leave it by some milk and cookies!

    Here's what women told us about the favorite present from their partner.

    "When he proposed to me on Christmas Eve."

    Submitted by Trish Cherrington

    "As a little girl, I always dreamed of owning a horse. I took horseback riding lessons and even leased a horse for a year, but never did I have a horse to call my very own. Fast forward about 20 years, I'm married with two small children, a husband (who as a cop, works crazy hours), a full-time job of my own and not enough land nor enough discretionary income to

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  • How to Help Your College Kids Through Finals

    By GalTime Teen Expert Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D.

    Finals Week Finals Week

    The time before the holidays for your younger kids is usually filled with fun and joy. School projects focus on the season while in class work often seems more like play. There are concerts for which to prepare and pageants that require practice before the big debut.

    In sharp contrast however, the return back to school for your middle school, high school and college crew is often not so jolly. Faced with the end of the semester crunch, your teens probably have little time to enjoy the holiday cheer. There are projects to complete, deadlines to meet, and of course the dreaded finals. Who has time to rejoice when you have a ten page paper due in one class and a massive research project due in another?

    As a parent, you may feel powerless, especially if your teens are away at college. You wish you could wave a magic wand to make it all okay. While you have much empathy and compassion for their stress, a part of you feel

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  • What's Up with Bad Behavior on Business Trips?

    by Lindsley Lowell, GalTime.com Correspondent

    let's party like it's 1997let's party like it's 1997what i learned (and cringed at) while traveling with my husband on business

    What happens in China stays in China?

    So many hoped this was the case on my recent trip there with my husband and his MBA group. The schedule was a packed five-day extravaganza of tours, meetings and events in Shanghai with local companies. As the little wife and avid traveler, I came along for the ride.

    The group had been looking forward to this trip for a long time. China is not exactly a hop, skip and jump from Los Angeles. A few others brought along their spouses and tacked on additional cities to make it a vacation, but most came solo to fulfill the trip abroad requirement.

    I was looking forward to having some time with an intelligent, mature group of people. Many were, but many more were ready to party and saw their airplane ticket as a golden ticket back to adolescence. I was amazed at the debauchery.

    This was technically a student

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  • What Kids Learn from Doing Chores

    By Dr. James G. Wellborn for GalTime.com

    Like so many parental expectations and requirements, getting your kid in the habit of doing chores will help prepare them for the real world (if you can ever get them to move out). Here are some of the most important benefits kids derive from assigned chores.

    Responsibility (or "I'm not your maid!")

    When you make a mess YOU are obligated to clean it up. The most straightforward reason your kid needs to do chores is to drive the point home that he is responsible for his actions in the world (and the messes he makes).

    Personal Obligation (or "You helped create this mess now get up and help clean it up!")

    When you live with other people, you're obliged to contribute to the general upkeep of common living areas. Chores help your kid learn to pull her own weight when it comes to keeping shared spaces clean (so she doesn't end up moving back home because even her friends consider her a slob).

    RELATED How to Get Your Kids to Do

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  • 10 Creative Ways to Make Extra Money This Holiday Season

    by Lori Garcia, GalTime.com

    Make Extra Money this Holiday Make Extra Money this Holiday Ways to make extra money this holiday

    There's nothing quite like the holiday season to send panic into our bank accounts. If you find your holiday budget is a little too slim or you're simply looking to make a little extra cash, this holiday season is the perfect time to go into business for yourself!

    According to Bizinate CEO, Rudy DeFelice, "[Today's families] have cut everything they can and are looking to earn more." If that sounds like you, check out these 10 creative ways to make extra money this holiday season:

    1. Hang Christmas lights: Hanging Christmas lights is hard work, which is exactly why folks will pay you to do it for them. Depending on your experience and comfort-level, hanging lights is a potential gold mine. Want to know the best part? You can charge again for your return after Christmas to take the lights down!

    RELATED 5 Ways Your Computer Can Save You a Bundle on Holiday Shopping

    2. House cleaning: Capitalize on

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