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Abby Rodman, LICSW
Abby Rodman is a psychotherapist, relationship expert, author and speaker, renowned for her focus on midlife dating, marriage and divorce. She has appeared on the Today Show, HuffPost Live, and is regularly sought out by print, broadcast and online media outlets for her expertise on relationship issues. Abby's newest book, Without This Ring: A Woman's Guide To Successfully Living Through and Beyond Midlife Divorce is available now. Abby is also the author of From Bitter to Better: 7 Steps to Recovering From the Divorce You Didn't Want. Her first book, Should You Marry Him? is a must-read for both women and men at any stage of life who are considering tying the knot. Find out more at

Entries by Abby Rodman, LICSW

Are the Kardashians to Blame For Your Teen's Unhappiness?

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:12 AM

American teens are really unhappy. They report experiencing as much or more stress than adults, while feeling less supported at home. So, where did the happy childhood go? Was it just a myth? Or is the new American Dream partially to blame for its demise?

The American Dream...

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11 Reasons to Love the USA On July 4th

(11) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 2:31 PM

July 4th signals both the beginning and the ending of summer for me. Don't know about you, but the summer just seems to fly after this holiday despite our best efforts to soak it all in. In addition to the celebrations of barbecues and fireworks, we're also celebrating the greatness...

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Divorce Doesn't Go Away and 9 Other Pointers Every Divorced Person Needs You to Know

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 9:26 AM

We all know someone who's divorced or divorcing or thinking about it. When we hear a couple is splitting, we feel a momentary sadness for them and then move on to our next task. Why? Because divorce isn't shocking anymore. It's become an unfortunate rite of passage for nearly 50...

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Gentlemen, Build Your Kingdoms Now

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Gentlemen, build your kingdoms now. Don't wait until it's too late. Begin.

Build your future as the king of your life and your family. A future surrounded by loved ones who want the best for you, enjoy your company, and turn to you for wise counsel. Build it for a...

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9 Reasons Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Has Couples Therapy All Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 5:53 PM

In a recent Howard Stern interview, Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that going to couples therapy at the end of his marriage was, "the biggest mistake I ever made." He went on to bluntly disparage the therapist and to call his efforts to help the couple "nonsense talk."

I can't...

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What's Good About Bad Parenting

(18) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:59 PM

I did an unintentional two-step with a small boy as I was trying to exit a restaurant recently. Every move I made toward the door, he innocently hopscotched his way across my path. Coolly observing our frustrating dance, his mother didn't flinch. Instead of, "Billy, watch out. You're blocking someone's...

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The One Question You Must Stop Asking Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:22 AM

It's unpopular, but fair to say parenting today has become a debacle. With tidal wave force, we've ushered in a new child-rearing style that probably isn't doing our kids any favors in the life prep department. We've become obsessed with our children's diets, friends, grades, sports and activities. Any category...

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No Do-Overs: 10 Ways to Avoid Regret Later and Be a Better Mom Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 12:03 PM

Years ago, my self-proclaimed theme song was "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men. I wasn't a dog owner but I did have three young sons very close in age. And sometimes it felt like I was managing a pack of canines rather than raising children.

Once, when...

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Enough With the Drama: 10 Ways To Teach Your Kids to Rise Above

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:00 PM

As I sat in the departure area waiting to board a recent flight, a middle-aged woman sitting across from me took a call on her cell phone. It was hard not to overhear the almost immediate anguish in her voice. I garnered pretty quickly that she was getting news of...

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8 Reasons Women in Midlife Need More Than Their Besties

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Like many women in midlife, I have an inner circle of wonderful, loving girlfriends. We check in regularly, celebrate and mourn together, and share the general crazies of everyday life. We have a lot in common but we're also quite diverse in our interests, vocations and lifestyles. And that's okay....

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8 Tough Truths to Consider When Your Partner Doesn't Want Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 11:11 AM

When folks decide to remain childless, it seems they're open to criticism from everyone from internet trolls to the Pope himself. In a recently published Huffington Post article, Jessica Burnell wrote about her choice to never have kids. Her declaration was met by a range of...

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Survey Says? The Real Scoop on Sexless Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 4:26 PM

Top Google searches for sex and sexuality were spotlighted in a recent and enlightening New York Times article. According to author Seth Stephens-Davidowich, "sexless marriage" is the most Googled phrase about sex and marriage -- even beating out "unhappy marriage" and "loveless marriage." Stephens-Davidowich reports over 21,000 folks...

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Your Relationship Doesn't Stand a Chance Without This

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 3:46 PM

He may be smart and handsome and successful. She may be the best lover you've ever had. Maybe he's your best friend. He cares about your career and goals. She doesn't roll her eyes when you tell that same joke yet again. He understands why an extra five pounds slays...

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What Love Is NOT: 11 Truths I Want My Sons to Know

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 8:35 AM

Boys, let's be real. Love isn't always patient. It isn't always kind. It doesn't always forgive -- although that would be nice. Love isn't always steamy sex and a dozen roses. Those things are lovely, no question, but they're not the glue that holds things together when the going gets...

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Are You Emotionally Abused? 8 Ways to Clarify What That Really Means

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 12:31 PM

An emotionally abusive relationship changes how you define yourself. For one thing, the abuse wears you down until you're a shell of who you once were. For another, admitting you're emotionally abused also means acknowledging you're a victim. And that's a tough label to wear.

Briefly defined, emotional abuse is...

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What a Million 'Moms of Boys Only' and a Viral Article Taught Me About Having Sons

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:51 AM

My recent article, "9 Truths 'Moms Of Boys Only' Need To Know" went viral. Over a million folks worldwide "liked" it, shared it or commented on it. Something about the article clearly moved people. I received dozens of emails from Moms of Boys Only (MOBOs) who shared their...

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Deciding To Divorce? 5 Harsh Realities You Need To Accept First

(70) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 11:35 AM

A dear friend of mine recently made the heartbreaking decision to put her dog down. He was nearly 14 and had terminal cancer. It was awful for their family. She said, "It was so hard because he would still go for a run with my husband every day. He still...

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9 choses que les mères de garçons doivent savoir

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 6:11 PM

J'ai trois fils, zéro fille. Quand ils étaient petits, on me demandait sans arrêt si je voulais une fille, et ça me mettait hors de moi. Certains prenaient mal que je leur dise que j'avais suffisamment d'enfants comme ça. Comme si le fait de n'avoir que des fils était contre-nature.

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9 vérités que toute mère de garçons doit savoir

(6) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 9:21 AM

J'ai trois fils, mais aucune fille. Quand mes garçons étaient petits, on me demandait souvent : «Allez-vous continuer d'essayer d'avoir une fille?» Je croyais que ma tête allait exploser. Certains semblaient offensés lorsque je leur répondais que je ne pensais pas avoir d'autres enfants. Comme si en n'ayant eu que...

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아들만 있는 엄마가 알아야 하는 9가지 진실

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 10:58 AM

나는 아들만 셋이 있다. 아이들이 어렸을 때는 이런 식의 질문을 자주 들었다. "딸이 생길 때까지 계속 낳을 거예요?" 짜증이 나서 머리가 쪼개지는 줄 알았다. 이제는 아이를 가질 생각이 없다고 하면 나의 태도를 무례하게 여기는 사람도 있었다. 즉 아들만 낳은 것이 무슨 우주의 법칙을 위반한 것처럼 말이다.

내가 남자아이 셋을...

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