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17 Adorably Helpful Pets Who Double As Household Appliances

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.14.2014 | Green

Do you even need a vacuum, really?

5 Signs Kids Are Struggling With Entitlement

Kristen Welch | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Kristen Welch

Parenting is hard. Doing it in our culture is even harder. But it is possible to raise grateful, hard-working kids who put others first.

Why Not Letting Your Kids Do Chores Hurts Society and Me

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

My eye twitched when I read "Why I Don't Want My Kids Doing Chores -- Even If They're Age-Appropriate." The author recounts a tale of when her 5-year...

Perturbed By My Son's Procrastination

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

My son is a horrible procrastinator. I can't for the life of me get him to do homework or even 10 minutes of chores without a major fight. Things end up taking five times as long as they need to. Any advice?

Two Reality Shows That Practically Clean My House for Me

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Angela Jamene

There are two shows I can turn on any time and I will start cleaning my house without even realizing I'm doing it. It may begin with wiping down a counter, but if it turns out to be a marathon, my whole kitchen will be spotless by the third episode.

Chore Schedule Strategies

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Is there a way for families to split up tasks without major fights and headaches? Fortunately, the answer is, "Yes!" But how you achieve that goal is a little different for each household.

Labor Day Weekend: 4 Reasons To Staycation

Caitlyn Becker | Posted 08.29.2013 | Travel
Caitlyn Becker

The end of summer is here (don't cry -- there is another one coming next year, I promise.) While everyone is crawling through bumper-to-bumper traffic to squeeze in their last summer getaway, I will be staycationing at home this Labor Day.

Chores and What They Mean to Your Child

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Children learn things at the knees of their mothers that they can't get anywhere else. They learn about life and how to experience it. Parents really are the first teachers -- and, dare I say it -- the home is the first schoolhouse. As parents, we have embarked upon the journey of guiding a new member of our species into adulthood successfully.

Lisa Belkin

Apparently You Only Need 12 Minutes A Day To Bond With Your Child

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents

Not spending enough time with your children? No worries. A British drink maker has the answer: more than two dozen ways you can “reconnect” with y...

The Simple Thing Men Can Do To Improve Their Marriages

Posted 04.24.2013 | Weddings

The next time your spouse hides out in front of the TV instead of helping with chores, you might want to show him (or her) this research. In a stu...

Confession: I Have Nothing In Common With My Husband

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Weddings
Holly Robinson

That's what marriage is: A complex dance where you and your partner don't just mirror each other's moves, but embrace the challenge of making up new steps as you go along.

Tips For Sharing Domestic Chores, From Gloria Steinem (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

How can you convince your male spouse to pitch in and help with household chores? Feminist activist Gloria Steinem weighed in when she visited me on M...

Sex and Domesticity

Rob Brooks | Posted 04.10.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

"The most erotic thing a man can do for a woman is... the dishes." You've no doubt encountered this oft-repeated claim, or one like it, before. Yet, as always, reality is far more complex than the headlines.

Is Housework Sexy? Or Are Manly Men Getting More?

Barbara Risman | Posted 04.09.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Risman

Research suggests that men who do more everyday chores actually report less sex per month then those who do less typically female jobs. Should husband's everywhere take off their aprons and have a beer while their wives stop off at the grocery store on the way home from work?

'Self-Maid Man'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.06.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I could never see myself in a little French maid's outfit, except on weekends while doing my household chores, and I don't suppose I'll ever wear one because: (a) I probably couldn't find something like that in my size and (b) I don't speak French.

More Sex In Store For Husbands Who Do More Masculine Chores Around The House

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty

Who takes out the trash the most in your house ... the man or the woman? Your answer could be a factor in how much sex you're having. A new study i...

Shut the F**K Up (and the Beauty of the Death of Control)

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents
Richard Melnick

Instead of being bossy, feel the vulnerability you seek to avoid by complaining and controlling. Give yourself a hug. Give your kid a hug. Shut the f**k up! Your kid doesn't need fixing.

Great Expectations

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

In the dark of predawn I lay in bed, tucked snugly beneath my downy comforter, sleet pinging against the window panes in soft yet fitful waves. Against all odds associated with parenthood, no one under the age of 8 burst into the room to announce that the sky was falling.

4 Free Gifts Your Spouse Can Actually Use

Marjory Abrams | Posted 02.19.2013 | Weddings
Marjory Abrams

My husband and I are not exchanging major gifts this year. There's nothing we need, so why waste our money? On the other hand, I do want Bob to know that I love him and care about him, and that I put thought and effort into making him happy.

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids This Holiday

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents
Richard Melnick

Your kids have the dexterity and intelligence to contribute. You'll be shocked by what they're capable of and the pleasure they may take in being helpful.

The Surprising Way I Got My Spouse To Share The Chores

Stephanie Weaver | Posted 01.19.2013 | Fifty
Stephanie Weaver

What if we inadvertently train our spouses out of helping through our tiny reminders? Imagine you -- a grown woman who has been grocery shopping for 30 years -- are leaving for the grocery store and he is telling you, "Make sure you take the coupons. Do you have the list?"

9 Fall Activities That Burn Calories

Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living

Are darker days and cooler temperatures discouraging you from getting a good workout? Stop right there! There are plenty of fall activities you're ...

Dirty Duty: Splitting the Chores, Newlywed Style!

Danielle Tate | Posted 10.22.2012 | Weddings
Danielle Tate

Before you begin to argue over whose turn it is to do the dishes, take out the trash or scrub the toilets, it's a good idea to make a list and divide the chores in a way that's agreeable to both of you.

7 Things I Refuse To Feel Guilty About This August

Babble.com | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

I used to consider my perennial "August lazies" a parental failing, but I'm starting to believe that fizzling out near the end of the summer allows me to embrace September with more pep in my step.

JOKE: Hubby Does The Chores

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

A husband gets into his grubbiest clothes on a Saturday morning and sets about doing all the chores he's been putting off for weeks. He cleans the gar...