Sharon Osbourne forgives her cheating 'dirty dog' of a husband Ozzy Osbourne but tightens his leash

Sharon Osbourne reacted to husband Ozzy Osbourne about their floundering marriage on her show "The Talk." Osbourne said she's standing by her cheating husband but intimated that the "dirty dog" needs a tighter leash, at least around his mouth. "Um, 'Get back on the horse,' how dare you?" Sharon chided, in reference to euphemisms Ozzy made on "Good Morning, America" about the couple's attempt to patch things up. The Osbournes' nigh on 34-year marriage (only to each other) is a rarity in the business. And Sharon Osbourne admits that though he's a "dirty dog" he's worth sticking with.    Sharon Osbourne forgives, but tightens leash on cheating 'dirty dog' husband Ozzy Osbourne

Teach family literacy with children's literature: Reading habits begin at home | Examiner.com

Raising a family of readers is not rocket science. Kids will automatically love books if you love books. Family literacy starts at home and all it takes to teach reading skills is good reading habits. And the way to do that is with children's literature. Here are other ways to raise family literacy rates, teach reading skills and develop good reading habits. Celebrate children's literature with these daily reading habits.   Teach family literacy with children's literature: Reading habits begin at home | Examiner.com

Self-driving cars cause erection in car sex, give distracted drivers new twist

Autonomous automobile technology has some benefits, but also some concerns, reported Yahoo! Finance on May 3. A big worry is the self-driving cars will cause distracted drivers. Self-driving cars could lead distracted drivers to text, read or watch TV while driving. But autonomous automobiles raise concerns about distracted drivers of another kind, namely those that have car sex. The head of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE), Barrie Kirk, thinks self-driving cars could cause an erection (no pun intended) in incidents of car sex behind the wheel. And you thought teens texting while driving was your biggest road worry!  Self-driving cars cause erection in car sex, give distracted drivers new twist | Examiner.com

Free printable romantic cards, love poems, love letters: Romance Awareness Month

Why wait till Valentine's Day to celebrate romance? August is Romance Awareness Month (it's also Read a Romance Book Month). So if your love life is a budding or in full bloom here are free printable romantic cards for your loved one. Or maybe romance has gone to seed for you. Maybe its time to plant a new relationship. Use these cards to spark the fire. These websites offer intimate, sensual cards to sent to spouses, sweethearts and lovers and are sensual or romantic. None are obscene or pornographic.  Free printable romantic cards, love poems, love letters: Romance Awareness Month | Examiner.com

Valentines Day for singles: Surviving romantic holidays when you're unattached (by choice or otherwise)

Oct. 17 is Sweetest Day. Celebrating romantic love is all woohoo and rainbow sprinkles if you're in a happy relationship, but it can be boohoo and bitter almonds if you're not. So maybe think Sweetest Day, meh: just another excuse for stores to push schmaltzy products, like on Valentine's Day. But even the most hardcore bachelors and bachelorettes might feel a bit verklempt on romantic holidays. But you shouldn't. Here's what Sweetest Day for singles could look like. Surviving romantic holidays when you're unattached is about taking care of yourself.  Sweetest Day for singles: Surviving romantic holidays when you're unattached | Examiner.com

Lenten sacrifice, almsgiving, prayer and fasting: Live simply and at peace

 The Catholic penitential season of Lent starts early in 2016, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. Through acts of prayer, fasting, meditation, a Catholic seeks to imitate Christ's suffering and passion. Those acts give back, too, in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. They're the deepest Christian expression, but they aren't exclusively Christian. Most major religions have similar elements. No human could really imitate the divine. But it shouldn't prevent trying. Here's how a Catholic family can observe Lenten sacrifice from a world religions perspective.  Lenten sacrifice, almsgiving, prayer and fasting: Live simply and at peace | Examiner.com

Joseph Duggar quit school, pregnant Anna Duggar, Josh Duggar violated sex rehab

The name Duggar has come to be synonymous with family drama. Okay, to be fair all families have dirty laundry, but the super-size Duggar clan has super-sized reality show worthy drama by the basket full. On the Duggar Family blog, fans learned on Jan. 21, that child #7, Joseph Duggar quit school. And pregnant Anna Duggar may have violated sex rehab terms of her husband Josh Duggar. Or, to be fair, they violated the rules together, doing what it took to get Anna Duggar pregnant on a recent conjugal visit. There are some reports that Josh Duggar ditched sex rehab after completing only four months of the required six-month program. Dad Jim Bob Duggar was seen busting Josh out of therapy early in November, too. But then the Duggar family has never been much for following rules, especially those they demand others to follow.  Joseph Duggar quit school, pregnant Anna Duggar, Josh Duggar violated sex rehab | Examiner.com

Older siblings doing parental duties is surrogate parenting, not babysitting | Examiner.com

Kids babysitting siblings presents some dangerous problems. In times past, it was common, even necessary for older siblings to care for younger children. Granted children learn responsibility in childcare, but too much taking on parental roles means older siblings are surrogate parenting younger siblings. How much is too much childcare for minor children? Here's a checklist to determine when babysitting siblings becomes unhealthy surrogate parenting.   Older siblings doing parental duties is surrogate parenting, not babysitting | Examiner.com

Advent wreath devotions for children: Catholic Christian Christmas worship

Candle ceremonies are common components in many faith traditions and religious rituals. Jews pray the menorah at Hanukkah and African American Kwanzaa employs mishumaa candles. The Christian faith uses the Advent wreath at Christmas. The Advent wreath is an ancient practice observed in many Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian churches and homes around the world. Catholic families generally have their own advent wreath. Prayers and devotions are said as Advent candles are lit.  Advent wreath devotions for children: Catholic Christian Christmas worship | Examiner.com

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