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Dividing Financial Responsibilities

So if you’ve spent some time thinking about it, in an organized fashion, you’ll probably realize that there are fundamentally only four different permutations of ways to divide financial responsibilities. You’ll also probably be intimately familiar with one of them.… Continue Reading

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3,520 Parenting Books–and My Kids Still Won’t Listen To Me!

According to the Bowker Books in Print database (courtesy of the WSJ article “New Ways to Get Kids to Behave”), the number of parenting books published or distributed rose from 2,774 in 2007 to 3,520 in 2011. I’ll bet most… Continue Reading

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The Triangle–What It Looks Like In Family Life

Molly* is a difficult [in my more honest moments I think of her as nearly tyrannical] early adolescent, who makes her mother’s life a horror. She picks on Mom’s clothes, her hairstyle–the way she chews her toast in the morning.… Continue Reading

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Campaigning For Attention in the Blended Family: New Spouse vs. Children

Let’s address what happens when the ones campaigning for attention of a certain parent are a child–and the new spouse. Look, let’s face it. Your child has very little cause to be invested in your new marriage. Either he’d like… Continue Reading

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Don’t Go It Alone: Illness and Connectedness

I’m the only one in my family with a green thumb. I’ve got foster plants from almost every relative, which I’ve nursed back from the vegetative graveyard, and they’ve taken over my house. My husband is quite tolerant of it, given… Continue Reading

You Can’t Keep a Good Fiend Down: Exercise and Cancer–National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you’re starting to get the idea, after being subjected to posts like Running For Your Life: How I View Depression and Exercise and Of Bipolar Disorder, The Hippocampus, and The Return of the Exercise Fiend that I’m, well, an exercise… Continue Reading

Who Owns the Overweight Problem: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Everybody worries about a chubby child.  Thin parents and overweight parents, especially those who suffered from fat-kid syndrome themselves.  Even Michelle Obama weighs in on this topic. Yet nobody knows what to do about it, except make September a National… Continue Reading

‘A Fine Mess We’re In’: Majority of Cancer Preclinical Research Findings Not Replicable–Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

‘The failure to win “the war on cancer” has been blamed on many factors, … But recently a new culprit has emerged: too many basic scientific discoveries… are wrong.’~C. Glenn Begley It’s nothing new. Over 3 decades ago the problem was… Continue Reading

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)

So today is National Cancer Survivors Day. This special day prompts 2 questions: 1. First–What does it mean to be a cancer survivor? 2. And, then, what’s the value of a special day? We understand what it means to be… Continue Reading