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How premarital life affects future marital quality for young adults

How premarital life affects future marital quality for young adults

Your prospects for a happy marriage may be tied to people other than your soon-to-be spouse. For example, the more people who come to your wedding, the better it bodes for your marital bliss. But t... » Read More
The Clean Cut: Thai commercial shares powerful anti-bullying message

The Clean Cut: Thai commercial shares powerful anti-bullying message

Thai Life, a life insurance company in Thailand, has become known for its inspirational advertisements. » Read More
How To Take A Staycation

How To Take A Staycation

A staycation is a great way to boost mental health and enjoy quality family time even if you can't afford a traditional vacation. Staycations have continued to grow in popularity since the downfal... » Read More
How to handle homework meltdowns

How to handle homework meltdowns

Question: » Read More
The fastest way to change your behavior is to change your environment

The fastest way to change your behavior is to change your environment

Next time you procrastinate, overeat, lose your temper, text while driving, chicken out on a tough conversation - pick your sin - try something new. » Read More
 Infographic: Islamic State threat to Iraqi minorities

Infographic: Islamic State threat to Iraqi minorities

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken its zeal for Islam to the point of madness reminiscent of Germany in the late 1930s. The accompanying infographic shows how religious minorities... » Read More
 Marx Bros. TV shows new to DVD

Marx Bros. TV shows new to DVD

A decade ago, while shopping for a set of Marx Brothers movies that had just been released on DVD for the first time, I was approached by a young store clerk who asked if he could help. » Read More
 Witty 'What If' offers a new take on an old issue

Witty 'What If' offers a new take on an old issue

Twenty-five years ago, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan debated whether a man can be friends with a woman he is attracted to in "When Harry Met Sally." Their ultimate conclusion was no, but Daniel Radcli... » Read More
Musical talent may be largely genetic, twin study says

Musical talent may be largely genetic, twin study says

Practice will only get one so far when it comes to music, according to a Swedish study of identical twins that suggests talent may be largely genetic. » Read More
15 religions you didn't know about but totally should

15 religions you didn't know about but totally should

Religion is by no means an unpopular subject throughout the world. » Read More
10 questions every engaged couple should discuss

10 questions every engaged couple should discuss

The choice to get married is filled with excitement. It is the culmination of uniquely intense feelings of emotional, physical and spiritual connection. » Read More
10 relationships people have with God

10 relationships people have with God

A person's relationship with God can define his or her daily outlook on life. » Read More
3 tips for putting your child to bed peacefully

3 tips for putting your child to bed peacefully

Putting children to bed can be a dreaded task. It can easily take several hours before your children are content and asleep. They may constantly hop out of bed, blurting out excuse after excuse to ... » Read More
Video shows ‘how the sun sees you,’ reveals unseen damage

Video shows ‘how the sun sees you,’ reveals unseen damage

When you look at your face in the mirror, there is likely sun damage lurking under the surface that you can't see. » Read More
4 steps to turning your child into the world's pickiest eater

4 steps to turning your child into the world's pickiest eater

Look at these cute babies in the video, all trying lemon for the very first time. They look repulsed, disgusted, angry at being tricked into eating something terrible by those they love. What type ... » Read More
Love more, fight less

Love more, fight less

While growing up, my parents never fought in front of us kids. If they were mad at each other, we usually didn't know it, it was something they discussed behind closed doors or not at all. While it... » Read More
Back-to-school time can be enjoyable

Back-to-school time can be enjoyable

Make a few quick changes to routine, purpose and appreciation to make the summer-to-fall transition smoother and happier. » Read More
Compelling 'The Giver' will probably leave you wanting more

Compelling 'The Giver' will probably leave you wanting more

The Giver" is the kind of movie that can inspire you and drive you crazy at the same time. It delivers a powerful message about the value of free will and the joys of living, yet at the same time i... » Read More
How rich kids get ahead: 4 striking findings

How rich kids get ahead: 4 striking findings

In 1982, John Hopkins sociologist Karl Alexander began tracking 790 Baltimore school children when they entered the first grade. It was only supposed to last three years - but ended up spanning 30. » Read More
Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' feels like quaint sleight of hand

Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' feels like quaint sleight of hand

"Magic in the Moonlight" is about pride, manipulation and the gulf between your head and your heart. Yet with all that great stuff to work with, Woody Allen's latest film could have used a little m... » Read More
: New 'Saints and Soldiers' spotlights tank battles, racial conflicts in WWII

: New 'Saints and Soldiers' spotlights tank battles, racial conflicts in WWII

It's been 11 years since director Ryan Little's "Saints and Soldiers" arrived in theaters, providing one of the sharpest and most compelling entries of the early "Mormon cinema" era. » Read More
'The Giver': 3 points for parents

'The Giver': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "The Giver": » Read More
Based on true stories: 4 uplifting movies for the whole family

Based on true stories: 4 uplifting movies for the whole family

REAL LIFE - We all love to hear inspiring stories, but when those stories are true and based on real-life experiences, they become even more powerful and uplifting. » Read More
What is a hemangioma?

What is a hemangioma?

A hemangioma, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is "a birthmark that most commonly appears as a rubbery, bright red nodule of extra blood vessels in the skin." » Read More
Healthy lunches may be winning over students

Healthy lunches may be winning over students

A new study from Bridging the Gap reports holes in previously released research claiming major losses in a new healthy lunch program. » Read More
Here's 4 great movie sisters

Here's 4 great movie sisters

Last week, I wrote an article about great movie brothers. In the interest of not excluding half of the population and some more terrific movies, here is a follow-up article about great movie sister... » Read More
The original cast of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:' where are they now?

The original cast of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:' where are they now?

It's been almost 25 years since the world was given its first ever, live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie. » Read More
 Brain's reactions to symbols suggest we're hard-wired for God — or not

Brain's reactions to symbols suggest we're hard-wired for God — or not

Reactions to visual depictions of Satan or of a Christian cross may be a product of education, but they also are conditioned deep in the brain, a new scientific study reveals. » Read More
'Love nuggets' campaign launched to help strengthen relationships

'Love nuggets' campaign launched to help strengthen relationships

Maintaining a strong relationship takes a big effort, but British charity OnePlusOne is on a mission to teach people that it is the little things that make relationships last. » Read More
A well-being question: Why you should never make your daughter diet

A well-being question: Why you should never make your daughter diet

Girls who diet are more likely as adults to suffer certain health consequences, according to research introduced at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior in Seattle. » Read More
Looking for the rainbow after a storm

Looking for the rainbow after a storm

Most days I read a newspaper and, on convenient nights, my husband, Grit, and I watch the news. Lots of bad stuff happens. The bigger the "wow" factor, the more coverage stories get. The more shock... » Read More
A new Cheerios ad shows that dads aren't bumbling fools — they're superheroes

A new Cheerios ad shows that dads aren't bumbling fools — they're superheroes

From Homer Simpson to Modern Family's Phil Dunphy, incompetent fathers are everywhere in the entertainment and media industries. Cheerios' new ad campaign wants to change that. » Read More
Christians respond to '50 Shades of Grey' trailer with 'Old Fashioned' film

Christians respond to '50 Shades of Grey' trailer with 'Old Fashioned' film

Valentine's Day celebrations boost business for flower shops, candy stores and romantic, candlelit restaurants. In 2015, the box office is also expected to enjoy increased sales on Feb. 14 as coupl... » Read More
Best budgeting tips for newlyweds

Best budgeting tips for newlyweds

I married an accountant. Yes, I've heard all the jokes, but I lucked out and married an accountant with a great personality. Still, I didn't realize exactly how frugal he was. Like most couples, we... » Read More
3 easy tips to keep gadgets from interfering in your marriage

3 easy tips to keep gadgets from interfering in your marriage

I remember when I got my first cell phone. My parents gave it to me when I was a teenager. "It's for emergencies," they told me. It was big and bulky and so it stayed in my car's glove box most of ... » Read More
Helicopter parenting across the class divide

Helicopter parenting across the class divide

Parents in well-to-do Bethesda, Maryland, don't love their children any more than parents in cash-strapped Cabin Creek, West Virginia. But the latter group of moms and dads are likely to spend less... » Read More
Lying: the natural order of things

Lying: the natural order of things

A few years ago, my colleagues and I did an experiment to test what induces people to lie - or tell the truth. Click here (registration required) to see the full experiment. » Read More
The attention gap: Why did we forget about the kidnapped Nigerian girls?

The attention gap: Why did we forget about the kidnapped Nigerian girls?

In late April, news hit American audiences that the 300 girls at a Nigerian school had been kidnapped by the now-notorious terrorist group Boko Haram, and outrage ensued - headlines, hashtags, cele... » Read More
Dinner with the kids matters, but how do you get the conversation rolling?

Dinner with the kids matters, but how do you get the conversation rolling?

Research says the family dinner is a very good thing, but when you're sitting around the table, how do you get the conversation rolling? It's a challenge that books and newspaper articles are star... » Read More
The American Dream: is it getting out of reach?

The American Dream: is it getting out of reach?

According to a recent analysis done by USA Today, the American Dream carries a price tag of $130,000 a year. The annual breakdown includes essentials like groceries at $12,659, a 4WD SUV and other ... » Read More
Boycott the playdate? Why not just do it right?

Boycott the playdate? Why not just do it right?

One blogger dad is calling for a boycott of playdates, at least for what the playdate has become among modern parents. » Read More
 Movies for kids don’t need profanity

Movies for kids don’t need profanity

When you've been at this as long as I have - writing about movies, that is - you occasionally find yourself on a treadmill of repetition. This is one of those times. » Read More
Divorce: When enough is enough

Divorce: When enough is enough

Every couple fights. Most of the time these fights don't last too long, and you get back to a happy relationship soon enough. But sometimes these fights last longer. A lot longer. It can last for s... » Read More
Tired of meetings? Here are some tips for keeping them short and productive

Tired of meetings? Here are some tips for keeping them short and productive

Throughout my career, I've had a love/hate relationship with one unavoidable part of the average office worker's life: meetings. » Read More
When it comes to family, blood is thicker than fighting over a toy

When it comes to family, blood is thicker than fighting over a toy

The nature of the relationship between my two oldest children might best be described by the words of Charles Dickens in "A Tale of Two Cities": "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... » Read More
Gourmet French Macarons

Gourmet French Macarons

"GOURMET FRENCH MACARONS: Over 75 Unique Flavors and Festive Shapes," by Mindy Cone, Front Table Books, $24.99, 272 pages » Read More
Number of children being raised solely by grandparents doubled

Number of children being raised solely by grandparents doubled

The number of children being raised by their grandparents shot up, doubling from 2000's 2.4 million to 4.9 million in 2010, according to U.S. Census figures. » Read More
Restaurants in hot water over religion-related discounts

Restaurants in hot water over religion-related discounts

Mary's Gourmet Diner is now famous for more than stone-ground grits and its Apple Butter Baby. The North Carolina restaurant made the national news over the weekend after a picture of a receipt sho... » Read More
10 video games that can help your children develop

10 video games that can help your children develop

Don't worry when your kids play the newest video game. It can actually be good for them. » Read More
Bouncing back: the most recession-recovered cities in America

Bouncing back: the most recession-recovered cities in America

The recession isn't lingering everywhere. Some cities have shaken it off and are back or better than they ever were in the pre-recession salad days. » Read More


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