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  • The couple will be celebrating their upcoming wedding anniversary in a very nonchalant way.It's been a long time since Will Smith and Jada Pinkett tied the knot in a secret New Year's Eve ceremony-almost 15 years, to be exact.

    The stunning couple appeared at the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere last week with their kids Jaden, 13, and Willow, 11, at their side. Pinkett Smith beamed with excitement when she told People that it's pretty amazing she and Will have hit such a big marriage milestone.

    "It's just the beginning," the actress, who voices Gloria the Hippo in the Dreamworks animated film, said of her relationship with the Men in Black 3 star. Despite all the gossip that has kept the couple in the spotlight over the years, the "ridiculous" rumors mean nothing to her.

    In April, she spoke to Gala magazine about her supposed marital problems: "Every year, one celebrity couple is under the microscope. This year, unluckily, it's us! ... Will and I know the truth. We're waiting peacefully for the storm to blow over." Read More: Jada Pinkett Smith Shuts Down

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  • Six Ways to Bring Feminism into Your Relationship

    Here are a few ways to bring an egalitarian spirit to your coupledom.While women fantasize about finding the perfect feminist boyfriend, the burden of bringing feminism into a hetero relationship often lies with the lady - like so many other burdens of relationships! So here are a few ways to bring an egalitarian spirit to your coupledom:

    1. Talk about "women's" issues as if they are not "women's" issues but "human" issues. Because, you know, they are. Who wins if we have birth control, healthy reproductive systems, and equal pay? Our guys, who get to have consequence-free sex and more money coming into the household.

    2. Have honest conversations about your sex life. Sure, yeah, talk about diseases and all that, of course. But talk about the fun stuff, too, which can oddly be more comfortable than the setting boundaries/STD chat. The longer you're together, the more this is necessary. If you love or hate something he's doing all the time, he needs to know; and that works the other way, too. Try both filling out a Yes/No/Maybe list (you can find these by

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  • VIDEO: I'm a Single Mom; When is it Okay to Have My New Boyfriend Sleep Over?



    Dating as a single mom can be tricky. Among other things, you have to worry about whether it's the right time to introduce your children to the new man in your life. In this video, YourTango Expert Dr. Megan Fleming discusses how to tell when is the right moment for your love life to collide with your home life.

    "I think it's so important," says Megan, "when it comes to protecting your kids that you realize that unless this man is gonna be in for the long haul ... you wanna be careful and not have your bedroom be a revolving door." Read More: Should I Leave My Sexless Marriage? VIDEO

    Want to learn more? Check out the video above.

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  • 12 Dating Tips for Single Parents

    Are you a mom or dad who is ready to start dating again? Here's how.As a single parent, you probably have very little free time, so dating must seem like an impossible task. Yet, single parents are dating in unprecedented numbers. So, if you are looking for another head of household, you are very likely to find one.

    As a responsible parent, you will want to be very cautious about whom you date, and eventually bring home, for the safety and well-being of your children. You may feel guilty or unsure about whether dating is okay. But, of course it is .. as long as you do it responsibly, and your children are not disrupted by your dating life.

    Single parent dating involves finding a quality person you like, who likes you and who is comfortable with your children. These extra dynamics can be frustrating, but should not be ignored or overlooked. Pressuring your children to like your date, and going too fast for them to get comfortable with the situation, will create unnecessary trouble. Read More: I'm A Single Mom; When Can My Boyfriend Sleep Over? VIDEO

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  • 7 Games You Can Play with Your Kids that Will Keep Their Minds Sharp This Summer

    Educational games make learning fun!Now that school is over and the kids are at home, how do you keep them from losing all the learning that has happened in the last year? Sure, there are lots of materials at teacher stores, but it is pretty likely that you will get eye rolls and groans from your kids. So, how do you keep their skills up without it feeling like they are doing work? Here are some sneaky ideas. Read More: 10 Parenting Secrets To Empower Kids

    1. Jenga with Words. The blocks on the game Jenga can have specific questions or requests. Each time a player moves a Jenga block, they read the block and do what it says. Examples could be as simple as "What is your favorite president," or more complex such as "If you could talk to one president, who would it be and what would you ask him?"

    Make the questions age appropriate and make them fun. Your goal is to foster curiosity. Do not make the questions similar to a quiz. Kids will see right through it.

    2. Don't Break The Chain. One person begins a story by writing

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  • Why I'm Shielding My Children from Puppy Love

    From Miley Cyrus to Disney, it's hard to keep romance off kids' minds—but here's why we should.When we moved into our house a few weeks ago, the little boy next door came over to meet my 10-year-old. He's 9, and I rejoiced that there was a potential playmate on our street.

    "There're lots of kids on our street," he assured me. "My girlfriend lives in that house, and she's eight."

    Say what?

    I tried to keep my eyebrows from sprinting skyward, but I couldn't believe he'd called another little girl his "girlfriend" to an adult. My own daughter looked at me out of the corner of her eye; she's been told often enough that she isn't allowed to have a boyfriend until she's 16 (and even then: group dates only!) that she accepts it as law. I don't ever try to force my world views on other people's children, though, so I brushed past the topic and later addressed the conversation privately with my daughter.

    When it comes to my children and preparing them for romance, I'm pretty conservative, if you haven't figured it out by now. Love, relationships and sex are all huge life situations

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  • In Honor of National Best Friends Day: 8 Celeb BFFs We Love

    Brad and George are tight!What's a world without friends, anyway?

    Probably a pretty dull one, we would imagine. But lucky for us, no such world exists. Especially in Hollywood, there are tons of loyal celebrity duos like George & Brad, Jennifer & Courteney and other besties that are proud to flaunt their friendships in front of the world. In some cases, they even start working together!

    Today, in honor of Best Friends Day, we choose our favorite celebrity best friends - the pairs that we love to see together and the ones that remind us what friendship is all about!

    1. George Clooney and Brad Pitt
    It's taking everything we have to contain ourselves when it comes to the magnitude of wonderful we have going on in this pair! These two members of Hollywood royalty have been friends for as long as we can remember. We have to admit. their friendship makes us a little envious - we want to be a part of this cool, little club! Read More: Girlfriends Of Brad Pitt & George Clooney Don't Get Along

    2. Michelle Williams

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  • 7 Ways to Ensure You'll Never Have Sex Again

    He won't be whispering sweet nothings in your ear anytime soon.One of the most common complaints I receive in my relationship counseling work is, "we hardly ever have sex." Since you might be addicted to the anger and complaining surrounding this issue, I want to make sure you do all the "right things" so you get to continue complaining about it! Here are seven tips to ensure you never have to have sex in your relationship again:

    1. Be angry and complain. Given that anger and complaining are not at all loving or erotic, be sure to continue complaining about the lack of sex you're having. Your frustration and nagging are sure to turn your partner off.

    2. Be needy. Both men and women tend to be turned off by someone who needs sex to feel loved and validated. Women are usually completely turned off by a man who approaches her as a needy little boy, craving sex to relieve stress, or to feel adequate. The way to continue to be needy is to make sure that you do not take responsibility for your own feelings, and ignore defining your own self-worth.

    3.

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  • How to Discipline Your Kids: 5 Tips for Dads

    Find out how dads can be firm while bonding with their kids.Many fathers assume discipline means yelling, threatening or spanking children when their behavior is unacceptable. However, discipline can be interpreted in many ways and dealt with differently among different fathers.

    The first thing to know about discipline is the two ways it can be interpreted. Some men may be confusing discipline - which means loving guidance and teaching - with punishment. Punishment is punitive and harsh. Read More: Boundaries For Respect in Relationships

    Their own fathers worked long hours and the mother did most of the parenting, sometimes with threats such as, "just wait till your father comes home!" Consequently, some men grew up without a strong, caring father. Those men may not be sure how to parent or how to get cooperation without punishing or yelling.

    If there is a blended family, or the children are in two households, it is very important for dads to be consistent in giving kind, firm guidance and discipline. Be consistent. If one parent is

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  • 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Get Engaged as a Teen (Hear That, Miley Cyrus?)

    Miley Cyrus's age, the teenage divorce rate, and the fact that she's an airhead all spell trouble.Just days after announcing that sex is a "beautiful" and "magical" thing (because, you know, she didn't discover it that long ago), 19-year-old Miley Cyrus is engaged to her boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth. Shall we start placing bets now as to how long these two will be married, if they even make it down the aisle? I'm totally serious. Read More: Miley Cyrus Makes It Very Obvious That She's Having Great Sex

    First of all, Miley is a kid, and as we all know kids don't know what the hell they want. At 18 or 19, you think you know everything and every time you fall in love (which is often at that age) you're so unjaded and whimsical about life that you don't see things clearly. It's like viewing the world through rose-colored glasses, and while that's cute and all, it's not going to land you Happily Ever After. Marriage and building a life together is far more complicated than just playing house and celebrating anniversaries with extravagant gifts.

    Secondly, just look at the statistics. The

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