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New Mom Alert: 10 Inexcusable Opinions

Amanda Rumore | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Amanda Rumore

If you are loosely, even somewhat of an expert, I will probably welcome your opinion. However, if you haven't been around a child in decades, I, and others in my shoes, may find some of your thoughts to be questioning.

How Did A 22-Year-Old Go From Straight-A Student To Escort?

Posted 03.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

"Marisa went from a bubbly little girl to a rebellious teenager," says Robin, who adopted her daughter Marisa when she was 6 months old. "She went fro...

Why A 20-Year-Old Is 'Terrified' For Her Dad To Go To Prison

Posted 08.12.2015 | Dr. Phil

Sarah, 20, the eldest of four siblings, emailed the Dr. Phil show six times asking for help. "My dad is going to prison and I'm terrified," says S...

Woman Claims To Recall Being Forced To Drown Kittens And Endure Sexual Abuse In Childhood

Posted 02.20.2015 | Dr. Phil

Jori published a book that she says is partly based on her own childhood, including allegations of emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her dece...

'Our Sister Lived In The Bushes And Tried To Hire Someone To Kill Her'

Posted 07.08.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ann Marie and Jackie say their sister, Colleen, lives in a world of make-believe where she constantly plays the victim and lies for money and attentio...

The Best Way To Handle Your Family Dysfunction

OWN | Posted 12.15.2014 | OWN

For many of us, our most dysfunctional relationships are with the people we love most, our family members. Progressive spiritual leader Rob Bell, bes...

What to Do If Somebody in Your Family Is Unhappy You're Getting Married

Sandy Malone | Posted 11.29.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Somebody else should do the drunk-wrangling and babysitting while you dance and have fun. If somebody is being negative on your big day, avoid them. You have lots of other guests to visit with and enjoy your night.

Will Eno's Comedy of Discomfort: The Open House

John Branch | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
John Branch

What to do about the American family? Depending on where you stand, the poor thing needs to be either preserved in its traditional form or extensively modernized. And what about the American family drama?

The 18 Essential Ingredients For A Perfect Family Christmas

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 12.24.2013 | Fifty

Getting together for Christmas may bring to mind turkey, trees and, of course, family. A Pew Research Center survey found that nine-in-ten Americans s...

Mondays With Marlo: Holiday Survival Tips From Expert Guests

Posted 12.19.2013 | MarloThomas

The holiday season is a special time to reflect on the past year, to celebrate the blessings in our lives, and to look forward to a fresh start in the...

The 21 Essential Ingredients For A Perfect Family Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.26.2013 | Fifty

Getting together for Thanksgiving may bring to mind turkey, stuffing and, of course, family. A Pew Research Center survey found that 89 percent of tho...

Wishing You A Happy, Blunder-Free Thanksgiving

Marlo Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for me is re-watching some of the classic holiday blunders that have been depicted on television. Whether dealing with the drama of in-laws or botching a traditional family recipe, these are some of my absolute favorite outrageous Thanksgiving blunders on TV.

Family Matters

Laurie Gerber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

It's your life and your family to improve. Lead with compassion and strength. If you can be that with your family, you can be that anywhere.

Tony-Nominated Play Opens In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.06.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The action has barely begun during Other Desert Cities when the family unit at the center of the show starts to unravel in one brief mot...

Christmas Tables on the Silver Screen

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 02.19.2013 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

As we get closer to Christmas and look forward to enjoying some rest and relaxation, it is time to suggest some movies where food traditions and holidays collide, often producing the perfect setup for family drama.

Holidays With the Family

Christine Eads | Posted 02.16.2013 | Women
Christine Eads

This holiday season, look around your table and give thanks to those you chose to be your family. Your wonderful, loving family, diverse and dysfunctional though it may be.

Be Scrooge and Tiny Tim: A Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Ebenezer Scrooge understood one needs to take care of oneself before it's even possible to take care of anyone else. His problem was that he didn't take the step of investing in his own joy, nourishing his body or his soul, and therefore couldn't be bothered to take care of anyone else.

Know Your Safe-Goat: A Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

As opposed to a family scapegoat -- an immediate family member at whom we direct unprocessed anxiety or anger -- a "safe-goat" is a person far enough outside our immediate family system at whom we can direct unprocessed anxiety or anger without inflaming conflicts between present members.

Trim Your Christmas 'Three': A Crucial Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Just like abstaining from carbs will trim your waist in two weeks, trimming three from your family relationships will decrease your load of "dirty laundry" in the same amount of time. Keep it up between now and New Year's Day, and you'll coast through the holidays like Santa on a sleigh.

9 Answers To The 2nd Worst Thanksgiving Question

Posted 11.22.2012 | Women

What's worse than your twelfth cousin inquiring asking about your love life in front of everyone at Thanksgiving? Oh, right: your aunt asking in front...

8 Brilliant Answers To The Question No One Should Ask A Woman

Posted 12.13.2012 | Women

Everyone is seated around a bounteous Thanksgiving feast. The turkey has been carved. Toasts have been made. It's all going so well... until someone a...

My Eccentric Aunt And Her Treasure Trove Of Couture

Christina Anderson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Style
Christina Anderson

Much like Edie Beale, there was always something off about her appearance...

3 Ways To Manage Your Family's CRAZY Big Day Demands

Liz Coopersmith | Posted 05.14.2012 | Weddings
Liz Coopersmith

You've known them all your life, so you also know this is the way they are. You were just hoping they would take a hiatus while you're planning your wedding. They won't.

Why It's (Still) a Bad Idea to Shoot Your Computer

Edward Muzio | Posted 04.15.2012 | Parents
Edward Muzio

I'm an expert in workplaces, not families, but this bit of truth applies to any human system: One set of dramatic overtures leads to another, until finally somebody has to break the cycle.

Dirty Girl: A Grown-up, Very Good Choice

Laurel Kaufer | Posted 12.12.2011 | Entertainment
Laurel Kaufer

Dirty Girl, a movie not about the girl at all, belies the true nature of its title and, as it turns out, though not without its flaws, is sweet, loving and affectionate -- a "vulgar valentine" -- even with its filthy mouth the film has an open heart.