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Mar 4, 2018 4:00 pm
Avoid Mom Guilt at Work by Practicing the 'Three Ps'
It is 8:45 a.m. and I'm just settling in to my office at work. I have a fresh coffee, a quiet office, and a to-do list to last a few months. I stare at the list and fall into a daze, staring at the...
Feb 27, 2018 3:02 pm
That "Bowling Ball" Breast Feeling: What Your Breast Pain Means
Shannon, 41, from Los Angeles, knows all too well the discomfort of painful breasts. “During my period, my breasts feel extremely heavy, especially at night. Sometimes I wear a bra when I go to...
Feb 27, 2018 7:00 am
6 Reasons I'm OK With Raising a Quitter
A couple of weeks ago, my 13-year-old son quit the basketball team in the middle of the season. It made me proud. Wait a minute. As parents, aren’t we supposed to encourage our kids to never give...
Feb 25, 2018 7:00 pm
How to Find the Best Electric Pressure Washer for Your Budget
Tired of looking at your weathered deck or riding around in your dingy car? A pressure washer is the perfect tool to get things clean and looking like new. However, finding the best pressure washer...
Feb 21, 2018 3:45 pm
Like It or Not, Weight Watchers' Teen Program Addresses Childhood Obesity
When Weight Watchers recently announced their new teen program, the critics came out in full force. Even though the program would be free and require parent or guardian consent, there were a lot of...
Feb 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Layers, Yoga Pants, and a Sense of Humor: What to Wear During Perimenopause
“You’re wearing that?” my friend Rachel asks me. She’s come to pick me up, and we’re standing in the foyer of my house. I look down at myself, feeling as if I’m 15 and my mother is calling me out...
Feb 18, 2018 5:00 pm
Four Ways to Break Out of Your Tired Routine
Our society tends to mold and shape children into tamed, domesticated adults. We’re taught from a young age that there’s a certain plan for us, and if we do our best to follow the rules, it will...
Feb 14, 2018 3:28 pm
Yes, Be Outraged About That 'Peter Rabbit' Scene — But Use It as a Teachable Moment
Any parent who deals with food allergies knows it’s no joking matter. In fact, it can be extremely dangerous because it can lead to a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, which — in the...
Feb 14, 2018 11:42 am
Flowers Can't Make or Break My Valentine's Day Anymore
You know you’re young when you consider the gift of a $1 carnation on Valentine’s Day the ultimate validation of your worth. When I was in high school, I dreaded Valentine’s Day. The only good...
Feb 9, 2018 6:28 pm
4 Secrets to Better Your Relationships
I don’t really think that anyone, unless they are sociopaths or competing on reality television, goes into a relationship expecting or wanting it to fail. I think we look at others with hope and...
Feb 7, 2018 5:37 pm
My Wedding Day Wasn’t the Happiest Day of My Life
They say that your wedding day is the best day of your life — that brides are so blissfully happy they don’t notice the small details and all the little things that don't go according to plan. But...
Feb 5, 2018 2:33 pm
How to Change the Past Without a Time Machine
We’ve been told it over and over again: You can’t change the past. But in a way, that’s a big fat lie. You can change the past, and I’m not talking about time travel. Our mind is a super computer...
Feb 2, 2018 3:09 pm
My 25-Year-Old Daughter Has a Full-Time Job — Why Does She Still Live at Home?
When we dropped my daughter off at college across the country, I thought it was the beginning of her journey into independence. She’d worked hard in high school (maybe not as hard as she’d have us...
Jan 31, 2018 5:29 pm
9 Steps for Coping When a Loved One Has Cancer
This article was written by Karen Nimmo, a clinical psychologist specializing in health and wellbeing. Today I woke to an email from a young woman I worked with a few years back: Hi Karen, I’ve...
Jan 31, 2018 5:23 pm
Why I Don't Regret Getting Divorced
Getting divorced, even when it’s as amicable and efficient as possible, is still pretty awful. It’s costly and, more often than not, it takes an emotional toll on you as you undergo massive...
Jan 29, 2018 3:45 pm
Date Yourself — It’s the Only Relationship You Can’t Leave
This article was written by Karen Nimmo, a clinical psychologist specializing in health and wellbeing. Self-love as a concept is a bit soppy, isn’t it? We’ve all heard the catch phrases: “If you...
Jan 29, 2018 2:58 pm
10 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Sexual Abuse and the Larry Nassar Case
It starts with a roll of the eyes. Then it’s soon followed with awkward silence and painful looks that seem to be saying “Are you done yet?” My kids are 12 and 13, and this is pretty much the...
Jan 26, 2018 4:56 pm
How to Have a Collaborative Divorce When Kids Are Involved
When most people hear the words “divorce proceedings,” it conjures up scary images of impersonal court rooms and the airing of the marriage’s dirty laundry in court. When children are involved,...
Jan 24, 2018 2:16 pm
Perimenopause Is Dialing Up My Sex Drive, and I’m Not Complaining
Ask a group of women what they fear most about menopause, and you’re bound to hear “loss of sex drive” on many of their lists. Other symptoms, such as hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings just...
Jan 23, 2018 3:50 pm
Please Calm Down About the Mom Who Dyed Her Toddler’s Hair Pink
I’ll admit that my first reaction was shock. When I saw the YouTube video of a 2-year-old girl getting her hair dyed a bright pink color, I had to do a double take. I’m not the only one, either;...