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Vicki Larson
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Vicki Larson is a divorced co-parenting mom of two wonderful boys who happen to be taller than she is now so she’s a lot nicer to them. She’s a journalist; freelance writer; columnist for Mommy Tracked: Managing the Chaos of Modern Motherhood; contributor to “Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in Our 40s,” a fundraiser for breast cancer; and a chronicler for The Working Chronicles, a national project that explores what Americans think about work. Sometimes, she even writes something halfway intelligent on her own blog, the OMG Chronicles. Follow her on Twitter @OMGchronicles, and fan her (yeah, that's weird) on Facebook.

Entries by Vicki Larson

What Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Divorce Can Teach Us

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 9:06 AM

With all the fake divorce alerts certain media want to put out there -- everyone from Brad and Angelina to Ellen and Portia to the seemingly forever-divorcing Will and Jada -- it was hard to give any weight to rumors of Ben and Jen...

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How to Create Your Own Unique Marital Plan

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 5:22 PM

You've finally met someone special, someone you'd like to spend the rest of your life with. Congratulations.

Whether you end up making it "until death" or not, the intention to spend decades with someone -- no matter how well you may know him or her -- seems somewhat daunting. While...

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Why It's OK If Moms 'Abandon' Their Kids

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 4:56 PM

We just celebrated Mother's Day and even if you believe, as I do, that it's another Hallmark holiday like Valentine's Day, it is always nice to reflect on the women who birthed us or raised us or both. Sometimes, they are not one and the same; many of...

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Is Cohabitation the Same as Marriage?

(32) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 10:05 AM

Enrique Iglesias, son of popular Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, was in the news recently -- not because he came out with a new album or because he's on a world tour. No, it's because Iglesias was asked -- again -- whether he was ever going to marry his girlfriend, former...

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7 Things Engaged Couples Need To Talk About Right Now

(7) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:52 AM

You have the ring you wanted, the partner you wanted and you're planning for the future you wanted. You and your partner have a unique relationship. So why would you want to have the same marriage everyone else has? You don't want to just create a life with your partner;...

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What the '5 Reasons We Can't Handle Marriage Anymore' Blogger Gets Wrong

(13) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:37 AM

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Dear Anthony D'Ambrosio,

I usually don't say "I'm sorry" when I hear someone tell me he or she's newly divorced -- often, it's a happier, healthier outcome -- but in your case, I'm truly sorry. You seem a tad nostalgic.

You...

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How a Parent's Infidelity Can Hurt a Child

(7) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:03 AM

The indie music world was shocked when Sonic Youth's co-founders Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announced they were separating in 2011 after 27 years of marriage. Gordon, 61, has just published a memoir, Girl in a Band, that tells that story, among others, but she spoke honestly about...

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Redefining Love and Marriage in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:56 PM

Valentine's Day is upon us, and while many still struggle with the perfect way to celebrate the day, most will follow some sort of tradition -- roses, chocolates, a fancy dinner out, jewelry, lingerie (and perhaps some handcuffs, given this weekend's opening of the much-awaited film Fifty Shades of Grey)....

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Rethinking the 'Problems With Black Marriage'

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 7:32 AM

As many have wondered why Camille Cosby continues to stand by her husband, Bill, in the wake of so many allegations of sexual abuse -- including me -- the comedian recently was defended by the woman who played his TV wife, Phylicia Rashad. And so was Camille. "This...

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A Letter to Celebrity Parents About to Divorce

(3) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 7:07 PM

Dear Giada De Laurentiis and Todd Thompson, Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock, Sonni Pacheco and Jeremy Renner, and Slash and Perla:

The holidays are over and it seems as if 2015 will be a challenging year for you. All of you are headed for a divorce, which is hard enough,...

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Until Death Do Us Part? Not Really

(24) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Here's how we imagine marriage will be: We stand before the people who matter to us -- parents, relatives, friends -- and we vow to love, honor and cherish our beloved "until death do us part."

Except, many of us have replaced "until death do us part" with "for as...

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Why Marriage Advice Just Doesn't Work

(15) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:06 AM

Look at any website or magazine geared toward women and you'll most likely see all sorts of advice from "experts" -- everything from "9 Ways to Save Your Marriage" to "10 Marriage Rules You Should Break" to "21 Secrets to a Happy Marriage" -- to prevent a marriage from sliding...

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An Open Letter to the Sanfords About Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Dear Jenny and Mark Sanford:

I don't know you, but I'm a divorced mother who has also had to deal with infidelity in her marriage. Jenny, I know just how painful it is. Mark, what the hell were you thinking running off to Argentina to be with your mistress while...

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The Conversation All Would-Be Cheaters Should Have

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:27 AM

Women want sex and passion -- surprised?

If we are to believe a recent study by AshleyMadison.com, that's why married women say they cheat. They're not interested in ending their marriage, they're just looking to put some spark in their sex lives and, let's face it -- once...

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Is It Really OK to Deny Your Spouse Sex?

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 12:09 PM

The now infamous Spreadsheet Sex couple may have inspired jokes and anger, but they also remind us of where sex fits -- or doesn't -- into a marriage.

Some people believe it's essential, others not so much. Which raises a few questions: Do you owe your spouse sex?...

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George Clooney and the Myth of the Perpetual Bachelor

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:38 AM

So, People magazine's two-time Sexiest Man Alive George Clooney is evidently engaged. It shouldn't be such a big deal -- just another celeb tying the knot, right (well, except for broken hearts everywhere)?

But Clooney isn't just a celeb; he has represented an old-fashioned myth that persists even today --...

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Would You Rather Love an OS or a Real Person?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 8:07 AM

Maybe you've bought into the fantasy of a soulmate -- a person who can give you everything you need and want. But you're also smart enough to know that your soulmate may not be perfect; you're willing to accept that he or she may be shorter than you imagined or...

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Should You Divorce Over Cosmetic Surgery?

(67) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 8:36 AM

Honesty is essential in a relationship. But just how honest should you be?

That question is at the center of a rather curious legal suit that made the news last week. A Chinese man allegedly divorced his wife for giving birth to what he considers an ugly baby...

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Is Infidelity A Societal Problem?

(258) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 11:15 PM

Anyone who has been unfaithful and then gone to couples therapy to "work on the marriage" -- assuming he or she hasn't already been given the boot -- knows that the therapist probably isn't going to take his or her side. You cheated, you're bad, end of discussion.

Yet it's...

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Why Is No One Paying Attention To Divorced Dads?

(130) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:54 AM

We're coming up on Father's Day, and even though I'm not a fan of Hallmark holidays, the day will be nonetheless hard for me this year. My father passed away May 26, just a few weeks shy of his 89th birthday, so his death will be very fresh on the...

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