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Preparing Your Marriage

By Beth Wilson

To have a baby is often a celebratory experience for couples, but it can also be a strenuous time. A new child -- be it the first, second or third -- alters the dynamics of a couple's relationship, which can lead to stress, pressure and negative patterns if not handled properly.

"It's a tremendous change," says Gayle Pe ... Continue reading Preparing Your Marriage

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Marriage Alert! Can Your Relationship Survive the Financial Crisis?

by Richard Nicastro

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl

You don't need me to tell you about the dire state of the American economy and the reverberations being felt around the world. While you're probably well aware of how this is directly impacting your bank a ... Continue reading Marriage Alert! Can Your Relationship Survive the Financial Crisis?

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Workout With Your Other Half

By Karen Asp

Everyone knows working out with a buddy can help you stick with exercise, but when that buddy is also your spouse, the rewards can be even more gratifying. Just ask Mike Curry, a certified personal trainer in Los Angeles who exercises with his wife, Adella, twice a week, running, skating, hiking or cycling. "Just having Adella with ... Continue reading Workout With Your Other Half

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10 Simple Tips To Keep The Flame Alive In Your Marriage

by Angela Tay

This is for all husbands and wives!

1) Spend some time to have quality conversations with each other everyday.

2) Every week, take some time off to go out on a date just like your courting days. You can go for a movie, take a walk at the beach or dine at your favorite food haunts.

3) Su ... Continue reading 10 Simple Tips To Keep The Flame Alive In Your Marriage

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Sex During Pregnancy

If you're pregnant or even planning a pregnancy, you've probably found an abundance of information about sex before pregnancy (that is, having sex in order to conceive) and sex after childbirth (general consensus: expect a less active sex life when there's a newborn in the house).

But there's less talk about the topic of sex during pregnancy, perhaps because of o ... Continue reading Sex During Pregnancy

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Love Potions: How Essential Oils Can Improve Your Love Life

Whether you're in a brand new relationship or a marriage that has lasted for decades, you can use aromatherapy to enhance the romance. A selection of fragrant essential oils can help create a passionate connection between you and your partner.

How do the aromas of essential oils impact romance? The olfactory lobe - the part of the brain that processes sce ... Continue reading Love Potions: How Essential Oils Can Improve Your Love Life

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10 Things Sex Over 60 Can Teach You About Sex Under 40

By Susan Dunn

Got your attention? Everyone's favorite subject.

I'll begin by stating again a myth that dies hard: That people over 60 [substitute your own age] aren't having sex. Part of this is that we just don't want to think of our parents as actually having sex, no matter how old they are, no matter how old we are.

Guess what? Y ... Continue reading 10 Things Sex Over 60 Can Teach You About Sex Under 40

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Revolutionize Your Relationship

By Julia Tolliver Maranan

Even the most loving partner does annoying things (yes, you do them too!). Ignore them -- or handle them incorrectly -- and the tension can wreak havoc on an otherwise harmonious relationship. Barry McCarthy, PhD, psychology professor at American University and author of Getting It Right the First Time: Creating a Healthy Marriage (Brunn ... Continue reading Revolutionize Your Relationship

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Nine Relationship Check-Up Tips

By Linda Young, Ph.D.

We see our primary care physician regularly for a physical check-up. We take our car in for regular check-ups. But have you ever thought that we may also occasionally need a relationship check-up? Do you ever wonder why some relationships go the distance while others fall apart very quickly? One answer may lie in how couples treat each other ... Continue reading Nine Relationship Check-Up Tips

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Silly Love Songs

By Hal Runkel, LMFT

Despite my love for Paul McCartney's post-Beatles work with Wings, I have to agree with John Lennon on this one: the world is full of silly love songs. Romantic love is the most overplayed sentiment in music, especially when it tries way too hard to be sentimental. In fact, that's my definition of the popular slang word "cheesy." My kids hear ... Continue reading Silly Love Songs

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Knock Out Negative Thoughts

By Julia Tolliver Maranan

Whether you're a glass-half-full or half-empty type, chances are you get caught in a cycle of negative thoughts from time to time. But once you're mired in misery, how do you restore your inner Pollyanna? "It's all about perspective," says Judith S. Beck, PhD, director of The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in suburban ... Continue reading Knock Out Negative Thoughts

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At Peace With Your Spouse

By Julia Tolliver Maranan

Every couple has disagreements, but having children presents new challenges. John W. Jacobs, MD, a psychiatrist and couples therapist in New York City and author of All You Need Is Love and Other Lies About Marriage (HarperCollins) offers insight into the most common sources of conflict for new parents and explains the best way to resolv ... Continue reading At Peace With Your Spouse

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Moving Forward as a Mother and a Daughter

By Christine McLaughlin

Having a child changes everything -- not only your everyday life, but all of your relationships. How you relate to your spouse, your friends, and perhaps most notably, your mother, completely changes.

"You are no longer just your mom's daughter, but you're a mom in your own right," says relationship expert Sandra Reishus, author of O ... Continue reading Moving Forward as a Mother and a Daughter

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How to Nourish the Sandwich that is You

by Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.

The "Sandwich Generation" is a term that has now made it into the dictionary. It fits an increasing number of Boomer women whose reality includes being squeezed between the demands of growing children and the needs of aging parents.

A study by AARP and the National Alliance for Care-giving identified over 4 ... Continue reading How to Nourish the Sandwich that is You

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Sharing Your Passions

By Jessica Blau

Remember the days when you and your spouse were dating and everything he or she did seemed like magic? The funny fruit drinks mixed in the blender were like love potions; the Rambo films you were suddenly introduced to seemed like works of cinematic art. You were smitten. Everything your Other Half found interesting was exciting because it was shared with lov ... Continue reading Sharing Your Passions

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Keeping Up With Your Kid-less Friends

By Christine McLaughlin

Kids change our lives in almost all ways. For better or worse, they alter friendships too. For those of us with children, we may suddenly find it hard to find significant common ground with our friends who don't have children. While at the same time, we may find comfort in relating to women who are moms even though we may not have had much in common bef ... Continue reading Keeping Up With Your Kid-less Friends

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