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Child's eyes

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Spanking the gray matter out of our kids

How to discipline the next generation is a hotly debated topic. In 2012, a national survey showed more than half of women and three-quarters of men in the United States believe a child sometimes needs a "good hard spanking."

XL Love How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America's Love Life

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'XL Love': How fat is affecting our sex lives

When it comes to what she deems the American "obesity crisis," Sarah Varney says, it's easy enough to focus on the raw numbers: Sixty-nine percent of Americans are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 35.1 percent of those people are obese. In 2008, medical care costs related to obesity were as high as $147 billion, and an obese person's annual medical bill was $1,429 higher than that of a normal-weight person.

groceries

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Military family groceries won't be cut, for now

Military families can breathe a sigh of relief: their grocery stores are not going to be cut, for now.

You may kiss the bride

Steve Evans from Citizen of the World

Millennials say no to marriage

When it comes to marriage, Millennials are saying "I don't."

Jada sex abuse victim

CNN

How a teen turned online abuse around

Jada, a Houston-area 16-year-old, was getting ready for finals week and looking forward to a summer hanging out with friends and finding a job.

On June 1, she went to a friend of a friend's house party. She recalls little of what went on that evening...

Wedding, marriage, bride, groom

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How to elope without offending loved ones

Is the idea of a big bridal bash just not your thing?

Whiskey, bourbon

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Is drinking with your kids a good idea?

On this the 30th anniversary of the national drinking age being raised to 21, I'm asking myself the following question: Am I better off never letting my girls drink around me, at home or at family celebrations, until they reach the legal drinking age or does it make drinking less taboo and alluring if I let them start drinking at home, maybe with sips of wine and beer, during their teenage years?

Sofia Steffel

Courtesy Nathen Steffel

The sweet and sad story behind this photo

Gifts have been arriving at the Steffel home in Kalida, Ohio, every day. Blankets, photographs, paintings.

Kids, children

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5 ways to outsource your kids' summer

Do you wish you could outsource the summer cooking, cleaning and camp planning associated with kids? Once school's out, keeping the family on schedule can become a full-time job.

Baby playing with toys

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Babies want to speak as early as 7 months

Babies usually start speaking by their first birthday. But new research suggests talking to your baby stimulates his brain well before he utters those first words.

Church of England General Synod

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Church of England to allow female bishops

Church of England leaders have voted to allow women to become bishops, the church announced Monday.

The measure required a two-thirds majority in all three voting bodies of the church: the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

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One Tank Trip

One Tank Trip: Bryn Athyn Cathedral

One Tank Trip Bryn Athyn Cathedral

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A year ago, we took you on a tour of an impressive family estate in Montgomery County, called Cairnwood.

One Tank Trip: Space: A Journey to our Future

One Tank Trip Space A Journey to our Future

Patrick Manwiller/69 News

We may not know what our lives will look like in the future, but an exhibit at the Da Vinci Science Center in Lehigh County gives us a glimpse of what could be in store.

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