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How happy marriages help make happy kids

Because it’s the Doctor and the Dad’s tenth – that’s right, tenth – wedding anniversary, we thought we’d write a little bit today about love.

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Here’s to bluebirds singing, flowers blooming, and double rainbows filling the sky whenever our eyes meet.

After a full decade of dealing with “real-life” stuff together, like paying bills, taking out the trash and having to smell each other’s stanky breath every morning, we think we’re pretty darn lucky to still be so in love with each other.

And it turns out that makes our children pretty lucky too.

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Overwhelmed, underpaid and 100% HAPPY parents

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This is our second in a series of “Doctor and Dad” posts all about research-based tips that can help make you the happiest parent possible. Check out our first article here.


They say that money can’t buy happiness. But according to current research, it looks like they might be wrong. When it comes to spending your hard-earned cash, it turns out there are right ways and wrong ways of doing it.

So here’s a good tip for how you can be sure to spend wisely – and stretch your happiness dollars as far as they can go.

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Overworked, underappreciated and 100% HAPPY parents

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Sometimes when things are at their worst – the kids woke you up extra extra early this morning, every attempt at a conversation turns into a tantrum instead, the house looks like a tornado is currently storming through it, and you’re starting to think that the stain you found on your shirt sleeve might not actually be chocolate after all – it feels like nothing is in your control.

Least of all your own happiness.

But it turns out that plenty of recent research indicates that your happiness is more up to you than you may think. So here’s our first in a series of “Doctor and Dad” posts all about giving you some empowering, research-based tips that can help you turn your selfless, sex-starved, sleep-deprived frowns upside-down.

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Happy (Family) Meals

If you’re like most Americans, you’re making plans for a pretty important meal later on this week. And no, we’re not talking about 4 a.m. corn dogs in the Kohl’s parking lot Black Friday morning.

Eating together won’t make your family look this pretty. But it will give you some pretty sweet benefits.
Eating together won’t make your family look this pretty. But it will give you some pretty sweet benefits.

Thanksgiving dinner is a wonderful time to sit down and connect with family and friends. But if holiday meals seem to be the only times your family ever sits and eats together, you might want to rethink your family’s dining habits.

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Product Review: Oonga Boonga

As Melville (sort of) said, it's better to sleep with a sober cannibal than to read with a sugar-buzzed sibling.
As Melville (sort of) said, it’s better to sleep with a sober cannibal than to read with a sugar-buzzed sibling.

If you pick up a copy of Oonga Boonga, written by Frieda Wishinsky and illustrated by Carol Thompson, thinking that you are instead reading Herman Melville’s similarly spelled, semi-autobiographical work Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, you’re bound to be disappointed in this book’s lack of island exploration, tribal enslavement and swashbuckling activity in general. But if you read it expecting to find a delightful story about the special bond that siblings share, you’ll be totally satisfied.

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