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The terrible toll of making divorce easier: Children are more likely to be violent, take drugs and have underage sex

The terrible toll of making divorce easier: Children are more likely to be violent, take drugs and have underage sex | marriage | Scoop.it
Researchers found that the turmoil endured by youngsters has a crucial influence on nearly every facet of their later life.
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family break-ups have huge consequences....

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Natasha Mullany's curator insight, May 21, 2014 7:55 AM

this is another example of what parents do, do effect the children. it shows that young people do drink and take drugs to "fit in". As if these things help them through the tough time. 

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Three unique ways to help kids embrace a blended family - The Keene Sentinel

Three unique ways to help kids embrace a blended family - The Keene Sentinel | marriage | Scoop.it
Three unique ways to help kids embrace a blended family
The Keene Sentinel
As a result, couples are trying to find ways to include their stepchildren in the marriage ceremony and commemorate the union of all members of the new blended family.
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Good ideas to help kids feel a part of this commitment

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Serious Relationships: What is the Rush? | Catholic Match Blog

Serious Relationships: What is the Rush? | Catholic Match Blog | marriage | Scoop.it
In my last post, we briefly observed how rushing into relationships and taking them too quickly blurs our vision of reality and can lead to poor decision making and broken hearts. When we rush into relationships, we do not ...
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The Sheer Complexity of Love

The Sheer Complexity of Love | marriage | Scoop.it
The first part of Love 2.0 sets out a vision of what is so far known about love, including the body’s definition of love and the necessary preconditions.

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Love this article & all the comments - good thoughts on what love is-

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40% Annoyed, 40% Happy, 20% Love = A Healthy Marriage — The Good Men Project

"40% Annoyed, 40% Happy, 20% Love = A Healthy Marriage " - http://t.co/Zdxdao4Paa
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That's about right- totally worth committing your life toward- just not how Hoolywood projects it...

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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:00 PM

The reality of marriage -- it will being annoyed at your spouse. But then the bliss is unbelievable. 

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It's sad, but true...Hollywood lied. 

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The Secret To Blending A Family | Alphamom

The Secret To Blending A Family | Alphamom | marriage | Scoop.it
The secret to successfully blending a family is making peace with it being messy and ongoing and scary and wonderful.
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Study: How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health

Study: How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health | marriage | Scoop.it
New research suggests that meditation or any other mood-enhancing activity can serve as a nutrient for the human body.

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Positive emotions such as meditation does have a healing effect. Good to see my personal experience confirmed by science.

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Connecting Ideas 5 - Are You in Love or are You Committed?

Many confuse wavering commitment with falling out of love. Connecting Ideas is a series from Marriage Works! Ohio providing you with great ideas for connecti...
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Science of Relationships - | - Fact Checking Cohabitation and Marriage

Science of Relationships - | - Fact Checking Cohabitation and Marriage | marriage | Scoop.it
Recently, people in the mainstream media have been talking about how cohabitation (living with a p...
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Is Co-habitation good for your relationship?

research findings are more mixed than some would have you believe...

But important to know, before you jump into it...

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Quality vs. Quantity – The Paradox of Our Time

Quality vs. Quantity – The Paradox of Our Time | marriage | Scoop.it
I was reading my buddy J. Money’s blog over at Budgets Are Sexy this morning, and he had a short poem/essay that really drove home something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.
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More leisure, but less fun?

Bigger houses, but smaller families?

Great poem that is too true.

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Sometimes, learning to be empathic is hard

Sometimes, learning to be empathic is hard | marriage | Scoop.it

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willingness to dig deeper. - understanding the context where people are-

thought provoking

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Till Death Do Us Part: 3 Unusual Life Lessons Learned at My Dad’s Bedside

Till Death Do Us Part: 3 Unusual Life Lessons Learned at My Dad’s Bedside | marriage | Scoop.it
With My Dad – Listening to Stories
My Dad passed away last week.
It was a bittersweet event – he had suffered deteriorating health for several years and was ready to be at peace.
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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, April 21, 2013 3:09 PM

A moving tribute by a son to his father, that show much of a difference that love can make in a man's love. His father gave up drinking, and smoking, in order to keep his family. A true act of love! 

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Listening with great intention helps us understand others | Values - Pass It On

Listening with great intention helps us understand others | Values - Pass It On | marriage | Scoop.it
Listening is what helps us hear others and understand the world around us. Explore stories, quotes and images about the value of listening. Pass it On.
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How to Free Yourself From Unhealthy Relationships | Storyline Blog

How to Free Yourself From Unhealthy Relationships | Storyline Blog | marriage | Scoop.it
My friend Pete recently let me in on a paradigm shift I found helpful. He was talking about a friend of his who, for some reason, was taking up a bit too much of his mental space. He was beginning to feel responsible for a ...
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Good way to keep yourself from being too enmeshed,/ recognize when feelings of guilt are not really yours to accept

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Some Conversations to Have Before You Set a Wedding Date - Huffington Post Canada

Some Conversations to Have Before You Set a Wedding Date - Huffington Post Canada | marriage | Scoop.it
Some Conversations to Have Before You Set a Wedding Date
Huffington Post Canada
If you are bringing together a blended family, how will that work? If you are caring for elderly parents, how will that work?
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some great questions- The discussion will be illuminating with your spouse-to-be

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Blended Family Friday: Meet Kara And Richard's Family

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families together. Our hope is that by telling their stories, we'll bring you closer to ...
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What do you do about toxic relationships? « katrina mayer

What do you do about toxic relationships? « katrina mayer | marriage | Scoop.it
Hey, beautiful ones! As promised, here's the first blog on detoxing. And we're starting off with a biggie!!! How do you detox your relationships and make them better than ever? This is information I wish I had years ago.
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Reminders you may know- but helps to remember !

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The Lethality of Loneliness

The Lethality of Loneliness | marriage | Scoop.it
For the first time in history, we understand how isolation can ravage the body and brain. Now, what should we do about it?

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Long article, but  really thought provoking- I see our culture makes for many more people who are lonely- far from each other geographically,  & enduring stresses without support they need...

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, May 15, 2013 6:15 PM

There is a reason why we are called social entities....

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 27, 2013 6:09 PM

We've understood it on a behavioral level; now we understand it on the biological level. 

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Power of Prayer: Studies Find Prayer Can Lead to Cooperation ...

Praying for a romantic partner or close friend can lead to more cooperative and forgiving behavior toward the partner, according to a new study co-authored by a Florida State University researcher.
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changes in attittude and behavior of the person who prayed.

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Cohabitation is a smack in the face … - Patheos - Patheos (blog)

Cohabitation is a smack in the face … - Patheos - Patheos (blog) | marriage | Scoop.it
Cohabitation is a smack in the face … - Patheos Patheos (blog) What in the world compels a parent, who's supposed to have their child's best interest in mind, to not only allow such a potentially destructive living situation to exist but to...
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Real estate agent perspective for young women to consider....

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Surviving wedding season: Sanity-saving strategies for brides, grooms, attendants and guests.

Surviving wedding season: Sanity-saving strategies for brides, grooms, attendants and guests. | marriage | Scoop.it
Sanity-saving strategies for brides, grooms, attendants and guests.

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Lot's of good "how-to's", also remember to spend enough time in preparations for your spouse, new family- enjoy the journey....

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Getting Real About Love, Sex, and Relationships — Relationship ...

Getting Real About Love, Sex, and Relationships — Relationship ... | marriage | Scoop.it
Relationship Coaching Institute announces the launch of “Let's Get Real,” a weekly webTV program that promises to “make relationships cool” by challenging the status quo and telling the truth about relationships- no ...
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 training on how to make relationships work...

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Nebraska couple share secrets to 65 years of marriage - Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska couple share secrets to 65 years of marriage - Omaha World-Herald | marriage | Scoop.it
Nebraska couple share secrets to 65 years of marriage
Omaha World-Herald
A big, close-knit family and compromise are the keys to marriage for Gene and Madeline Schmeeckle. The Eustis, Neb., couple is celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today.
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Willing to compromise? finding ways to keep a strong bond with family???

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Chaplain Royal's curator insight, May 20, 2015 12:18 PM

Cooperation.  Commitment.  Communication.  Cuddling.  These are the 4-C's that we share with each couple in our 6 session premarital coaching class.  Interested?  visit www.inclusivelife.org to learn more.

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9 Things Your Relationships Need From You

9 Things Your Relationships Need From You | marriage | Scoop.it
There is greatness and beauty in doing something inconvenient for the sake of someone you care about. All relationships require work. They don't just materialize ...
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worth what you put into it- skills we learn, they don't just happen

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Why Balancing Your Time is a Lie & What to Do Instead

Why Balancing Your Time is a Lie & What to Do Instead | marriage | Scoop.it
I received an email last week from a woman who was really upset.
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Do you have boundaries?

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