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  • Empty Nest? How to Handle Your Kids Leaving Home

    re you ready for your child to leave?Many of you are sending your kids off to college now; some of you are doing it for the first time. I've been there twice, and now my daughter lives overseas! Most of the time, I'm okay with it ... you get used to it, you know? But sometimes ,when she sends me little notes, or we chat on Skype, I miss her all over again.

    She's clever, loving, generous, and so very courageous ... and you really can't do hugs on Skype. And then, when we actually visit, it hits me hard. It sounds strange, but I don't realize how much I miss her until I actually see her again. And then she leaves again. I'm so grateful to have a job, well, actually two jobs, because they keep my mind busy until I get used to her absence again.

    Sound familiar? Or is the anticipation of it making you sad? Your children are the center of your life. In spite of a job, a home, volunteer work and a social life, most of the decisions you make have factored in your kids in some way. All of a sudden you can't remember all the

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  • 3 Mistakes Women Make when They Think Their Husband is Cheating

    Don't react to suspicion without concrete proof!Think your man is cheating on you? Be sure to avoid these 3 common mistakes! You've noticed something weird about your man. He's all about himself and away from home a lot more these days. He's on his phone a lot and never lets his phone out of his sight. You just can't shake this feeling that he might be up to something…and that something is cheating.

    Mistake #1: Reacting to Suspicions: Your emotions can run away from you when you suspect that the man you love has been cheating on you. You can lose your cool and go on a rampage of, ""How could you do this to me you cheating &*^#?" While this is the natural reaction to suspecting that the love of your life has been cheating on you, it isn't the best reaction. Your man will naturally defend himself and tell you that you are crazy and in all seriousness, you probably do appear a bit crazed-cheating will do that to you! What this reaction will do is just turn the tables back on you making you look like the crazy, jealous, paranoid woman

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  • Do You 'Stand by Your Man', when it Comes to Politics?

    Studies say most of us don't care about political party when it comes to dating.Ann Romney. Janna Ryan. In the last couple of days, we've heard the hopeful first ladies of the GOP give Republican National Convention speeches in support of their men. Ann's was rousing and widely lauded, even by those who don't support Mitt Romney. She humanized Mitt (a tough order) by calling him "this boy I met at a high-school dance" who "made me laugh," and went on to pander for the female vote by talking about voting moms and couples who can't afford more children (also tough, since she grew up so friggin' privileged). Janna, on the other hand, got a case of the nerves, causing some bloggers to want to give her a hug. Poor sweetheart! You should be nervous, you're married to an incurable liar and Ayn Rand-lover.

    But they both, blonde* and slender, stood by their men just as they were expected to, continuing that proud tradition of smiling, slightly plastic GOP wives. Which brings us to an interesting question ... Do these women actually believe everything they're so eagerly

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  • Cameron Diaz Turns 40! a Look Back at All of Her Leading Men

    To celebrate the big 4-0, we're bringing you her hottest boy toys to date!On August 30, 1972, Cameron Michelle Diaz was born in sunny San Diego, California. Forty years later, she's best known for being one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood.

    Despite her single status, Diaz hasn't exactly been riding solo throughout her 19-year career as a Hollywood A-lister. In fact, the blonde bombshell's love life makes as many headlines as her flourishing film career.

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    From her on-again, off-again affair with an American surf star to her long-term romance with an 'N Sync alum, Diaz has blazed through boys as fiercely as she has the big screen. So, in honor of her 40th birthday, we're taking a look back at Cameron's sexiest co-stars, both on-screen and off.

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  • Shia LaBeouf on Method Acting and Why 'Sex is Different Than Love'

    Um, Shia, is that you?Remember when Shia LaBeouf was the lead star in Even Stevens, the Disney Channel TV show that everyone loved? I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid, cracking up at everything his character Louis Stevens would say.

    Now, Mr. LaBeouf has gone from childhood star to A-List actor to a newly independent film actor. According to USA Today, after his huge success with Transformers, LaBeouf is experiencing character-rich roles by immersing himself completely through method acting, trying out whatever his role requires. For example, in his new movie Lawless, Shia is a moonshine drunk. In order to portray this to its fullest, LaBeouf drank the liquor and let his reaction to it play out on-screen. In his next movie, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman due out in January, Mr. LaBeouf's character is on acid ... so you can be sure that Shia tripped himself.

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  • Why that Woman is Trying to Steal Your Man

    3 reasons certain women pursue men in committed relationships. Most women would probably admit that at some point in their lives, they have been attracted to someone who is already married. But, they would never think of trying to do anything to lure the man away from his wife. However, for some women, they only seek out married and committed men to have a relationship with.

    Mate poaching is a term coined by David Buss in his book entitled Evolution of Desire. It describes the behavior of men and women who purposely seek out people in committed relationships. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that of the single women in the study who were told their "match" was currently in a romantic relationship, 90 percent said they would pursue the man knowing he was not single.

    Dionne Mahoffey wrote a book on the subject entitled, Girl, Leave Her Man Alone. Websites, such as, actually promote married people having affairs.

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  • Study Shows Full-Time Work Actually Benefits Moms

    Apparently You Can Have it All... Whether you have to work, want to work or fall somewhere in-between, a recent study by the American Psychological Association revealed that full-time working mothers are happier and healthier than their non-working counterparts. Perhaps it's time to let go of the working mom's guilt and instead focus on the many benefits working full-time brings to a mother and her family. Here are seven ways full-time work benefits mothers:

    1. It allows moms to live out their purpose. For many moms, their purpose doesn't stop with motherhood. Every woman is created for something special. For many women, this something special includes and extends beyond being a mother. Passions, talents and interests often guide a woman's educational career path and choices. If their purpose beyond motherhood is left unfulfilled, mothers may feel unsatisfied and even resentful.

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    2. It gives moms financial control. As valued financial

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  • VIDEO: Help! I Wanted a Baby...Until I Became Pregnant

    I have tried for years to get pregnant and now that I finally am, I'm anxious. I know I want to be a mom but I feel like I'm losing some part of myself. I feel so ungrateful. What's wrong with me?

    In this video, counselor Sheryl Paul answers this question, explaining "there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, and I commend you for breaking a very strong cultural taboo, by admitting that you're anxious."

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  • When it Comes to Cheating, Are Men or Women More Forgiving?

    A new survey reveals interesting statistics about how many of us would forgive a cheater.Are you a firm believer in the old adage: "Once a cheater, always a cheater?" Or would you be (or, even, have you already been) inclined to work things out with your partner if you discovered that he or she was cheating? If you chose the latter, you're not alone. In fact, according to a recent survey by online dating site, 42 percent of adults would be willing to reconcile and rebuild their relationship after a significant other was sexually unfaithful.

    Women are a bit more forgiving, and become more forgiving with age (wisdom or resignation?): 46 percent of female respondents would be willing to repair the relationship, compared with 37 percent of male respondents. And that number gap only increases with age - 53 percent of females age 55 and up felt favorably about working things out, whereas just 35 percent men of that age did.

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  • 7 Tips for Starting an Open Relationship

    How to communicate, set rules, speak up and create boundaries. Are you curious about an open relationship, but not sure where to start? Maybe you've talked about it with your partner but don't know how to move forward. Below are seven steps to help you begin opening up. Remember: all relationships are unique-one size does not fit all. Use these tips as a guide, but do what feels right for you.

    1. Put it all out on the table.
    If you've been curious about making your relationship open, the first and most important thing to do is talk it over with your partner. Sit down at an appropriate time when both of you are calm and have plenty of time to chat. Be sensitive bringing it up, but be clear and honest with your emotions. Explain why this is something you'd like to try. If they agree, you can take the next step. If not, talk about other ways to evolve your monogamous relationship.

    2. Set some ground rules.
    The rules couples put in place for their open relationships vary greatly, but are all of equal importance. Once your sure that you both want to

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