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    Jenny McCarthy is one busy lady. She just married Donnie Wahlberg, sure, but that's only the beginning! The former View co-host also recently landed a full-time gig hosting her own radio show, Dirty Sexy Funny.

    With so many transitions, the 41-year-old comedian and former Playboy model tells The Stir she's beyond grateful that her 12-year-old son Evan and new stepsons, Xavier, 21, and Elijah, 13, get along so well.

    When divorced parents get together, they often hope for the harmony of The Brady Bunch, McCarthy jokes. But she knows that ideal scenario isn't always the reality.

    Donnie's sons and her own have a "loving understanding of one another," McCarthy tells us, which makes her feel very "lucky and blessed."

    Jenny also reveals that she and her New Kids on the Block husband have developed solid relationships with each other's exes. Wait, what?

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    Think ghost stories are simply fodder for silly horror movies and campfire tales? Think again. You may tell your kids there are no such things as evil spirits, ghoulish figures, and things that go bump in the night, but many insist that's just not true. We asked readers to share their real life supernatural encounters and what they said will chill you to the bone.

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    He may always be angsty teen filmmaker Dawson Leery to legions of adults who grew up watching the WB, but these days, James Van Der Beek, who will star in the upcoming CBS series CSI: Cyber, is all adult -- and dad! He and wife Kimberly are proud parents to three adorable children: almost-4-year-old Olivia, 2-year-old Joshua, and 9-month-old Annabel. As a result, they've had reason to become extra health-conscious.

    "[Olivia and Joshua] got the flu last year, when my wife was nine months pregnant, which was no fun," he explains. The experience inspired him to join a campaign to dispel common misconceptions about the nasty virus. Of course getting vaccinated, with the FluMist nasal-spray flu vaccine, is a must now for his whole family. 

    At the same time, James, Kimberly, and the kids follow various other healthy habits to stave off illness. The Stir recently caught up with the TV star, and he shared his and his wife's best healthy living tips for their family of five.

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    What would you do if the man you loved died 52 days before your wedding? Most of us would collapse in a pile of grief, unable to focus on much of anything but our sadness. But not Janine. This bride did the amazing after losing her fiance Johnny. She went to the Mayan Riviera, donned the dress she was to marry him in, and jumped into the water wearing it.

    The resulting photos are nothing short of spectacular.

    The portraits were a gift from photographer Matt Adcock of Del Sol Photography and were shot on a single day this past month. They are full of so much emotion and meaning, it's hard to even put into words. Adcock himself was equally moved and said the photo shoot wasn't easy to orchestrate.

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    It's every teen's worst nightmare: their parents announce they're moving. New town, new friends, and last but not least, new school. While transitions like this can be tough at any age, for teenagers -- with the premium they place on friendships and their status among their peers -- it can seem like the end of the world is at hand. Doors slam, "I hate you"s are uttered, and many parents might start to worry whether moving schools will send their teen into a downward spiral that'll drain their self-esteem, grades, prom date prospects, and even alter their lifelong success and happiness.

    We won't sugarcoat it: Moving schools is indeed tough on teens.

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    Despite every advantage -- a breastfeeding-friendly pediatrician and hospital, access to an extensive network of lactation consultants, a loving husband, and a genuine desire to breastfeed -- Suzanne Barston struggled. Her son had a tongue tie and wouldn't latch. He was also diagnosed with a severe milk allergy despite her vegan diet.

    Further complicating matters? Nerve damage in one of Suzanne's breasts made breastfeeding excruciatingly painful. And then there was her crippling postpartum depression (PPD) ... she had to deal with feelings of failure that she couldn't breastfeed through a haze of sadness.

    She felt alone, so she started to write. Suzanne launched her Fearless Formula Feeder blog with the mantra Standing Up for Formula Feeders Without Being a Boob About It. And that changed her life.

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    We can point the finger at PhotoShop or even the time-honored "fall gal" Barbie, but no matter who's to blame, there's no denying an epidemic is affecting our teens. Approximately a half million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating, according to research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. One out of every 100 women between the ages of 10-20 is suffering from anorexia nervosa, defined as refusal to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of weight gain. Meanwhile, 4 out of every 100 college-aged women have bulimia, a disorder that involves binge eating and then vomiting or using laxatives to prevent putting on pounds. That said, it's no wonder moms find themselves fearing that their teen may too battle an eating disorder.

    Thankfully, there are some red flags experts say parents can look out for. Here, 8 telltale signs your teen may have an eating disorder, and what you can do if you suspect that's the case.

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    Let's face it: We all want to be responsible with our money. But being a parent means being under even more pressure to keep your finances in shape. After all, not only do we want to provide for our children, but we also want to lead by example so our kids grow up to be financially responsible and confident adults.

    That's just one of the many reasons financial experts Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze wrote Smart Money, Smart Kids, a guide to raising financially savvy children.

    The well-known host of The Dave Ramsey Show and his daughter recently spoke with us about how moms can create an even rosier financial future for themselves, their family, and the next generation. Here are their top tips.

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    My son just started kindergarten -- a bittersweet moment for just about every parent out there. We are so happy that our kids are becoming big boys and girls, yet sad to lose the toddler that used to cling to our legs. Will he share? Will he make friends? But those are not the only concerns I start off with this school year.

    I find myself facing a scary dilemma: in the wake of Michael Brown's death and the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, how do I talk to my child about race? Even more basic than that -- should I? For so long I have shielded him from those things. But what if it comes up at school? What if an older kid on the playground starts talking about police shootings of black people? How do I prepare my son for that? So I went to some experts for help.

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    From being the original moderator on The View and heading up the Today show to playing game show host on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Meredith Vieira has built a colorful, jam-packed TV resume over the past couple of decades. This week, she premiered her daytime talk fest The Meredith Vieira Show. Her whole family, including her two adult sons -- one of whom lives in China! -- and college senior daughter were there to help her celebrate.

    Meredith may seem like the embodiment of a busy working mother who "has it all," but she admits it wasn't always so easy when her kids were young. In fact, back in the early '90s, she made a controversial decision about juggling her career as a journalist and her life as a mom.

    During a recent intimate sit-down, the genuinely warm talk show host spoke openly about work and motherhood. Here are some of her secrets to striking the ever evasive work-life balance.

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