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Hillary Duff’s Marriage Advice for New Moms

Hillary Duff and her husband, Mike Comrie recently became new parents. Hillary has been a mother for less than a month but she has more insight and self-awareness than I had after six (OK, twelve) months of motherhood! Continue reading

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Tori Spelling: Baby No. 4 On The Way

Tori Spelling announced today that she and her husband, Dean, are expecting their fourth child. Yes, that’s just five months after the birth of their third child. And in case you’re trying to figure out the math  … that means … Continue reading

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Is Jessica and Eric’s Relationship Ready for Baby?

Jessica Simpson, who is a few weeks away from giving birth to a baby girl, opened up about her sex life with fiancé Eric Johnson on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show.

“I am definitely feeling intimate. I’m kind of unstoppable right now.” She added that former NFL pro Johnson is definitely game. “He’s always ready.”

Now for the big question – Is Jessica and Eric’s overall relationship ready for the baby?
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Dennis Quaid Divorce: Another Couple That Didn’t Babyproof?

Last month, as I was eating dinner at a new restaurant in Austin called Eleven Plates, I noticed Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, talking to one of the servers at the bar. I don’t usually stare at celebrities, but in this instance, I couldn’t take my eyes off them. Dennis looked unhappy, withdrawn, almost defeated. Kimberly looked like she was trying to make an effort, but still seemed sad underneath it all. As they slowly walked out the door, I couldn’t help but wonder, why did they look so miserable? Did they have a bad meal? Were they unhappy with their service? But it was so much more than that. Then it hit me. With two young children, four-year-old twins, at home, they are no doubt going through the toughest stage in a marriage. Maybe they’re having marital problems?

Fast-forward a few weeks, and here we are reading the headline: Dennis Quaid’s Wife Files for Divorce. According to court papers, Buffington-Quaid says she is filing for divorce because things have “become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities.” Are they, yet, another Babyproofing casualty?
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Bethenny Frankel Learns that Parenthood Changes Everything

Bethenny Frankel in her new show Bethenny Ever After opens up about the trials of being married. In the season premier, she talks of how she feels “tortured” in her marriage. At the NBC Universal TCA Press Tour, she stated that, “I just turned 41, and to be perfectly honest, I unintentionally crammed everything in. I got pregnant. I got married eight months pregnant and now I sold my business.”

Wow. Bethenny definitely has a lot going on. But we know one thing is clear. She and her husband of two years, Jason Hoppy, just had a baby. They are now learning that parenthood changes…everything. Here are a few gems we heard along the way:

“I expected to add diaper, pacifier, formula to my new motherhood vocabulary—I didn’t think f*!# and s#*# would feature so prominently!”

—Lisa, married 5 years, 1 kid.

“What I get from other women is what I need, and that is help. I don’t even have to ask other women for help, they just volunteer. What do I get from my husband? I get a sink full of dirty plates, a pile of dirty clothes on the stairs, and a child dressed for church in a football jersey.”

—Katherine, married 8 years, 2 kids.

“My wife doesn’t understand how important sex is to me. Everywhere I go, sex is screaming at me. There are hot women in advertisements on billboards, and before I know it I find myself imagining Gina down in Accounts Payable wearing a nurse’s outfit.”

—Thomas, married 11 years, 1 kid.
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How Jay Z and Beyonce Can Baby Proof Their Marriage

Jay Z and Beyonce just tweeted pictures of each of them holding little Blue Ivy Carter. And the pictures say it all. They are truly beaming with pride and joy over their beautiful baby girl. A huge congratulations to them! Those of us who have also passed over to the other side know these feelings of overwhelming love and fulfillment as we hold our newborn baby. We also know that, right now, Jay Z and Beyonce are essentially in the honeymoon stage of parenthood. Once they have a few weeks of caring for a newborn under their belt, the king and queen of hip-hop, like any new parents, need to baby proof their marriage.

Parenthood changes everything. Here are just a few of examples:
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Gwyneth Paltrow, “The Good Wife,” or a Good Partner?

Gwyneth Paltrow revealed in her latest interview with Harper’s Bazaar, that she advised a girlfriend that she needs “to compromise…to be a wife.” She also talks about “being home” when her husband Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, returns from work as a way to maintain her marriage and family.

She is certainly hitting a nerve. Given her A-list lifestyle that can afford a staff at her beck and call, a number of moms feel that she is being self-righteous and a tad out of touch.

But let’s take a closer look at her comments:
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Why Brad and Angelina’s Kids Want More

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have previously said they would not get married unless everyone could legally marry, but it seems as though they are having a change of heart. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt responded to a question about marriage by saying, “We’d actually like to and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.” In another interview, with CBS Sunday Morning, Pitt said the kids have been telling him, “Get Mommy a ring,” and he finally promised, “Ok, I will, I will!” It seems as though their kids have an idea of what they want their family to look like.

So what does the “perfect family” look like? We all know that there really isn’t some pie in the sky, ideal family structure or arrangement out there. We never want to imply that there is one. Happy well-balanced kids can come from all different family backgrounds, however, what do kids typically want and why?
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Heidi Klum and Seal divorce. What went wrong?

Heidi Klum and Seal always seemed crazy about each other. Their love, and delight with their large family, seemed to be the real deal. The news that they are divorcing after seven years of marriage is sad. We all know that celebrity marriages are often not what they appear, that the perfect looking couple on the red carpet gazing into each others eyes might well be giving us all an oscar-winning performance and that they were bickering and calling their respective divorce attorneys on the drive over in the limo. Continue reading

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Body After Baby: Let’s Get Real

We all obsess over it. Our body after baby. We constantly ask ourselves: Will I ever get back to my pre-pregancy weight? Will my boobs ever look the same? Does my husband still find me attractive? Blah, blah, blah. And let’s not forget the images we see at the grocery store check-out lines. Countless celebrities who just gave birth (usually to twins) who emerge two weeks later in a size-2 bikini. It’s almost like a contest nowadays. Just check out this People article about two of Hollywood’s most famous Jessicas. Continue reading

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