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  • 10 Independent Celeb Women We Love

    In honor of the Fourth of July, we're celebrating the ladies who have gone against the grain!On July 4th, we take the time to honor those who gallantly fought for American independence more than 230 years ago. But today, we've decided to put a spotlight on a few Hollywood women who have paved the way for future generations by pushing boundaries in their industries. Their bravery has inspired us to fight for what we want in both our careers and relationships.

    Though they may have struggled to achieve success, these ladies fought through the hardships to come out on the other side looking fabulous! So, while we salute our country's independence, let's also salute these 10 independent women:

    1. Oprah Winfrey
    We love Oprah because she singlehandedly changed the talk show circuit with her afternoon hit, The Oprah Winfrey Show. She became the first African American billionaire in history and has been ranked as the greatest African American philanthropist. As one of the most influential woman in the world, who wouldn't love and be inspired by Oprah? Read More: 3 Highlights From The

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  • VIDEO: Can One Person Really Meet All of Your Needs in a Relationship?



    Are you single? Having doubts about monogamy? After all, how is it possible for one person to meet all of your relationship needs?

    In this video, author, therapist and YourTango Expert Dr. Megan Fleming explains the ins and outs of monogamous relationships. Read More: Should I Leave My Sexless Marriage? VIDEO

    "The idea that one person can meet all of your needs," says Dr. Fleming, "I totally agree, is not necessarily reasonable or true. We are so unique and diverse in our interests and our passions that it doesn't make sense that one person is going to sustain and fulfill all those needs."

    Want to learn more? Check out the video above.


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  • Four Ways a Mother-Son Relationship Can Affect Your Marriage

    Whether it's strained or he's a mama's boy, your man's bond with his mother will explain a lot.Men. We'll never understand them. And even more confusing, the bond they share with their mothers will forever be a mystery. No man really wants to be labeled "mama's boy," but most are. They must be, because they reflect her influence, positive or negative. The relationship a man has with his mother determines what he thinks of himself, and of women in general. A mother and son's relationship directly affects yours and your partner's relationship, too; the way you handle certain situations as a couple, the way you make decisions, the way you manage your household. I talked to four female friends last week to get their perspective about their partners' relationships with their mothers. It was enlightening to hear what they had to say. Three ladies are married, and one is engaged. Their ages range from 22 to 50. I've always been a fan of Little Women, so let's just go ahead and call them Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy. Read More: 4 Books For Every Couple's Summer Reading List

    Four big truths

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  • I'm Certain I Want a Second Baby--My Husband? Not so Much

    When I was a young girl growing up in a family of four, I was sure I would have five children of my own. I would sit and page through teen clothing catalogs, pretending that my favorite three models were my daughters. Then I'd choose my two sons from an issue of Seventeen or YM, and my husband from People or Vanity Fair. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, the usual. My impossibly beautiful family of seven, ahh it will be perfect.

    Within a few years once reality set in (partially), I thought I would have four children. That seemed more manageable. As I got even older and started understanding how much things really cost, and how much individualized attention kids need, I settled on the idea of having three babies. One more than we had in our family, just to make things interesting. Fortunately, the man I married (neither Brad nor George, in case you hadn't guessed), also agreed that three would be a good number. My husband had just one brother and admits that he always would have liked another

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  • 3 Ways to Get Your Man to Be More like Ryan Gosling

    ... because every woman deserves her own leading man.A video was recently released basically proving that Ryan Gosling was, in fact, born this way. The clip depicts Ryan dancing with his sister at a talent show and smirking at the camera. It is almost as if he was destined to be "that guy" - you know, the one women want to be with and men want to be.

    Stealing the hearts of women everywhere, uttering swoon-inducing one-liners and saving lives on his off days ... it is safe to say that there are plenty of women in the world who wish their significant other could take a few lessons from Mr. Gosling himself. Here are a few ways to get the ball rolling. Read More: 15 Stars Share Their Healthy Tips For Looking Hot

    1. Allow him to be himself. One thing women admire about Ryan is that he does not seem to care about people think of him. It is not about 12 pack abs, a stylish wardrobe or even a signature smirk. Gosling is a guy who knows who he is and owns it. There is an inner confidence that cannot quite be taught, but once a man knows he can

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  • 10 Signs Your Teen is Depressed

    It's tougher than ever to be a teen. Here are signs every parent ought to know.We all know that teens are moody. You remember your own teen years ... how intense your feelings were, how you soared to edgy emotional highs and then plummeted down into stress and heartache over troubles that seem now insignificant. Read More: Are Teens As Sex-Crazed As Pop Culture Makes Them Out To Be?

    Depression is a different matter. It is not moodiness; it is a mood disorder - a serious medical condition that often leads to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Until recently, it was thought that children and teens do not get mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder. The sad truth is they do. For example, please consider these statistics:

    -The average age of depression onset is 14 years old.
    -By the end of their teen years, 20% will have had depression.
    -More than 70% will improve through therapy and medication.
    -But 80% of teens don't receive help regarding their depression.

    What's worse? Untreated depression can lead to substance abuse, academic failure, bullying

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  • 7 Signs He's Financially Cheating on You

    Hey big spender, what's that in your pocket?When it comes to financial matters, is your husband being totally upfront with you? Financial infidelity can be just as devastating to a relationship as emotional or sexual infidelity. Don't let your relationship fall victim to this deadly threat. Here are some signs that suggest that - when it comes to his spending and saving habits - he may be hiding something from you.

    1. He keeps his finances separate from yours. If he insists you must have separate credit cards and bank accounts, it's time to start asking questions. A lack of transparency is almost always a sign that someone has something to hide. Our advice: Show him your checkbook, your credit card statements and any other financial info first, then ask him to do the same. If you're willing to put your stuff out there, he should be, too. -Bethany and Scott Palmer

    2. He's too controlling.
    When one person in the relationship manages all of the financial details, it means there's a lack of trust. And that's where infidelity

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  • 10 Dazzling Date Ideas for the Fourth of July

    This 4th of July, create your own fireworks. Independence Day is one of the biggest celebrations of the summer, and it's just around the corner! If you are not independent, so to speak, it is also the perfect day to do something romantic with your significant other. Here are 10 spectacular, dazzling date ideas that will make both of your hearts go boom:

    1. Soak up some sun and play in the water. There's always an excuse to go to the beach in the summer, and the Fourth of July is no exception. Plus, everyone looks a little sexier with some skin showing, and splashing in the water together is a playful and fun way to spend the day.

    2. Set up a picnic in the park. Nothing beats eating, talking and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Before going on your picnic, cook and bake special Independence Day treats together.

    3. Eat a romantic dinner outside.
    Summer is best time of year to enjoy outdoor seating at your favorite local restaurant, especially on the holiday. Sitting outside is sure to make it feel like summer.

    4. Watch the

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  • VIDEO: Is Postpartum Depression Hurting Your Marriage?



    Having a baby is, for most women, one of the greatest joys of life. Yet for others, childbirth can lead to feelings of serious sadness and withdrawal, otherwise known as postpartum depression.

    In this video, hypnotherapist, psychologist and YourTango Expert Dr. Shoshana Bennett answers the following viewer question: Yesterday, my husband told me to "snap out" of the bad mood I've been in since our son was born. That feels like the last straw for me. I want to end our marriage because he's so insensitive to my postpartum depression. Am I overreacting?

    "We can't snap out of a postpartum depression any more than we could snap out of the flu," says Dr. Shosh, "First, have you been diagnosed? Are you getting proper help? Make sure you're working with a therapist who specializes in postpartum depression." Read More: How Can I Manage My Depression While I'm Pregnant? VIDEO

    Want to learn more? Check out the video above.

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  • Channing Tatum on His New Movie, 'Magic Mike': "Every Dance Ends Naked"

    The 32-year-old actor tells us about his new stripper movie and how he keeps his marriage romantic.A hunk named Channing Tatum says that there are times in life and movies when special effects are not required. "All the dances in Magic Mike end the same way with pelvic gyrations," he promises. "The dances start clothed and end naked. There is not cool editing happening."

    In Magic Mike, Tatum plays a character that's true to life. In real life, he worked as a male dancer for a brief time before he became an actor. In the film, he plays Mike, a guy trying to make a buck by working construction and other odd jobs - one of them as a male stripper at a Tampa club owned by a man named Dallas (played by Matthew Mcconaughey). Read More: 5 Reasons We Love Channing Tatum

    Over breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel on a warm summer morning, Tatum appears in jeans and a T-shirt that molds over his massive shoulders. The 32-year-old has a warm smile and a sweet disposition. Even when you ask him about tougher times in his life, he just smiles. "Look, I respect these guys who dance. I respect them

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